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The Bottom Line is: It’s about trust…it’s not about emotionalism. Who Do You TRUST to Lead the City of Chicago for the Next Four Years? – Before making a decision, do a thorough evaluation of both candidates – their backgrounds, their records as public servants, and their proposed agendas for the city. And, please note:  emotionalism should never play a decision-making role in the upcoming April 7, 2015 Chicago Mayoral Runoff Election between incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

By Juanita Bratcher

Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine

Political jockeying and posturing! Are they power brokers…for real? It is sickening to watch all the game playing leading up to the Chicago mayoral runoff election. I read the stuff (news articles) every day and I know that a lot of it is business as usual. I can see right through it – as with many others – and yes, I see it for what it really is, get tied-in with certain politicians for handouts, when it’s not always in the best interest of the black community. It’s disgusting!

In January 2015, I clocked in 39 years as a news reporter/journalist. Over the years, I have cautioned people in conversations and in articles to beware of the messenger and the message he or she brings. That feeling has not changed. Over the years I have watched the political game playing and it seems it will never come to a squeaking halt. And all this political posturing, for what? Is it what’s in it for them? What do they have to gain? I say, tell people the truth. I’m tired of political operatives selling out the black community for three pieces of silver. This time I won’t call names, but the next time I will. It’s a form of domination on the part of these so-called power brokers: They feel, “I know what is best,” and the victim follows lead, do not think for self, and in turn give their power to someone else to think for them.

Frederick Douglass famously said: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”  He was driven by a vision, not emotionalism, but looking at the big, overall picture. Because where there is no vision, the people perish. The political empowerment of African Americans must be put ahead of any selfish or personal interest.  We must vote, but we should also make our choices by knowing candidates’ backgrounds, their agendas and that they will work in the best interest of all people.

So how can it be stopped? More education and training about the political process.

Plantation style politics is not a good idea for Blacks in the here now and it’s not a good idea for our future.

Mayor Harold Washington, with a smile on his face and in glee after winning the 1983 mayoral election, declared “patronage is dead.” Washington said he was putting the death knell on patronage, which over the years had bred waste and corruption. Certainly, there were some who didn’t like his declaration, because let’s face it; he was talking about getting rid of something that was an integral part of the political culture here in Chicago. And still is! Tell people the truth with no sugar-coating whatsoever. Leaders owe that to their following.

Blacks must fight for the liberation of all people, but specifically Black people. Do we have a new generation here where more plantation politics is going on now than back in the day when our forefather’s efforts were geared more toward the liberation of blacks than having a hand out as a sell-out or buy-out? Let’s not go back to the days of old. Blacks must become politically astute and aware about the overall political process; that way, those who depend on the thinking of others won’t need the thinking of others but will be able to think for themselves.

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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