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Zorn: No racist repeat in mayoral campaign

Zorn: No racist repeat in mayoral campaign

As the 38th Ward aldermanic candidate forum began Wednesday evening, I noted from my moderator's vantage point that there wasn't a single black face among the more than 100 spectators in the gym at St. Pascal School. No particular surprise. The 38th, a Northwest Side ward that includes the Portage Park neighborhood, is predominantly white and Hispanic, and only about 1 percent black. A few questions into the two-hour forum, however, I noticed that an African-American man had slipped in and was standing on the edge of the gym along with dozens of others who hadn't been able to find a seat. A few minutes later I noticed another one had joined him. Then came another and...

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