Former Chicago gang leader, now congressman, racially smears US senator

Rep. Bobby Rush, a former leader in the Black Panther street gang in Chicago, called Illinois Senator Mark Kirk's propsal to fight gang violence "an elitist white boy solution" in remarks made to the Chicago Sun-Times. Kirk and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois are asking for $30 million in federal aid to be used to aggressively go after Chicago's largest and most destructive gang - the Gangster Disciples. Kirk said at a press conference with Durbin at the Union League Club following the Fardon meeting that he will ask the Senate Appropriations Committee for $30 million "to go after gangs like the GDs . . . and pick the biggest and baddest for a federal effort." "I think it's completely within the capability of the United States government to crush a major urban gang," Kirk said. "Just think of what the greatest generation did here in Chicago, pretty much crushing the Capone organization." Rush, asked by the Sun-Times to react to Kirk's proposal said in a phone...(Read Full Post)