Steve Chapman on Rep. Bobby Rush's Racial Slur


Rep. Bobby Rush

Two politicians, one black and one white, have a disagreement on an issue. One airs an opinion, and the other responds with a racial insult. What will happen next? Consider the case of Illinois' U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, a black Democrat, and Sen. Mark Kirk, a white Republican. Kirk has been urging law enforcement agencies to destroy Chicago's biggest gang by arresting its members—all 18,000 of them. In response, writes Steve Chapman, Rush declared Kirk's proposal "an upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about."