D'Emilio, 62, lives in Uptown and is a history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "There is a history of racial discrimination in Chicago that is also closely tied to economics. But that does not mean that only a person of a particular race can understand that. It also doesn't mean that a person of a particular race will always do the most for the disadvantaged. "Government should be about serving the needs of people fairly, not about helping the group that's on the inside. If the new mayor subscribes to an ethnic model of political power and says, 'Let me create my own machine,' then that will cause racial problems."
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