What's Up This Week: Election Day, the other Romney, a post-racial US, and declining unions

What's Up This Week: Election Day, the other Romney, a post-racial US, and declining unions

Election Day. The billions of dollars spent, the contentious debates and passionate speeches all come down to this day. On Nov. 6 voters head to the polls to pick their leaders from the White House to local races.

The Other Romney. Republican Mitt Romney caught a lot of flack about his opinion on government aid when he made comments about the "47 percent of Americans ... who are dependent upon government." But it's a little-known fact that his father led efforts to fight segregation using the power of the government. This week we look at how George Romney fought for the rights of low-income people as Richard Nixon's secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Post-Racial? After having a black president for four years, many hoped that America would be a post-racial society. But according to our blogger Alden Loury, the prospects of living in a post-racial country looks bleak. Yet what worries him more is the concern that some have come to accept racial inequalities, education gaps and continuing discrimination as today’s unchallenged reality.

Come and Party! The Chicago Reporter is celebrating the release of our latest issue on Friday with tasty appetizers, strong cocktails and free copies of the issue. The only thing we ask you to bring is yourself to the M Lounge.

Union Town. As unionization falls across the country, Illinois has been hit particularly hard. In the latest issue we break down the numbers on union trends in the state of Lincoln.

 

 

*Image from League of Women Voters of California.

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