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He was not originally welcomed into politics in Chicago.  Those leaders from the civil rights era felt that they'd paved the path established themselves considered him an interloper from who knows where who didn't respect how hard they'd worked for their political power.  Everyone adores him now, but back in his early years here, this was not the case.  His background was not an asset.  You can say that's just the corrupt gang-like nature of Chicago politics, but he explicitly came to Chicago because it was the center of black politics in America.  Everything was a double-edged sword.  

Come, my friends, 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
by poemless on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 05:22:18 PM EST
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