Black Chicagoans Rally To Shift City’s Political Tide

Black residents of Chicago are increasingly expressing their disillusionment with the Democratic Party. This shift is fueled by their dissatisfaction with the handling of the city’s ongoing crises, notably the migrant influx and a spike in crime rates, under Joe Biden’s administration and local Democratic leadership.

Cata Truss and Mark Carter, two Chicago residents who recently voiced their concerns on “Fox & Friends First,” epitomize this growing sentiment. They criticize the Democratic Party for its perceived neglect of the Black community and its failure to address the burgeoning migrant crisis in Chicago, exacerbated by Biden’s open border policies.

“The Democratic Party has always neglected to pay attention to the Black community,” Truss stated. “That is traditional, and because we have been so committed to supporting that party, they feel that they can continue to disrespect us, to marginalize us, to not hear our voices.”

Truss specifically targeted Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D), sharply criticizing his handling of the migrant situation and accusing him of inaction. The growing discontent is not only about Johnson personally, but points to a longer history of Democratic indifference toward the needs and concerns of Black communities in Chicago.

Carter accused Democrats of attempting to replace Black Americans by encouraging the surging numbers of illegal immigrants.

Chicago’s struggle with crime and the migrant crisis has ramped up the intensity of the sentiments of Black residents about the mismanagement of city government. The city saw a 16% surge in crime in 2023 coupled with a 14% increase in homelessness. These figures are cast against the backdrop of over 26,00 illegal immigrants arriving in the city since last year.

With almost $24 million from this year’s city budget earmarked for winterizing shelters for migrants, many residents feel that the needs of native-born Chicagoans are being sidelined.

As the 2024 elections approach, Truss’s call for a political shift is gaining traction. “You can’t keep doing the same old thing and expecting a different outcome,” she said, advocating for a move away from Democratic policies that she and others view as ineffective and detrimental to the city’s well-being.

As more Black Chicagoans like Truss and Carter vocalize their discontent and call for change, the political landscape of the Windy City, and potentially beyond, stands on the cusp of a significant transformation.