This year, the celebration of Black History Month has been weak, due to the scandals of celebs and other high-profile politicians and CEOs. Thankfully, its celebration has been resurrected by two African-American Chicago mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Chicago had a female mayor before (Jane Byrne) but history is made because one of these women will be the first woman of color to take on the responsibility of one of the most notorious cities in the country, which is no easy task.
I've never been involved in politics--mainly because it creates arguments and sometimes physical fights and who has time for that? I've never heard of Lightfoot but after reading about her, she appears to be a tough cookie. What I don't care about is the media's disclosure of her sexual preference (she's gay) which has nothing to do with anything. Did that tidbit supposed to get her the "gay" vote? Whatever.
Preckwinkle, on the other hand, I've heard of. I don't know of her sexual preference but I do remember her being named "Queen Sugar" after she agreed to tax soda and other sugary drinks. She made a lot of enemies after that because it was all about money versus did she really care about our health. Where was this proposal when I was a little girl? That's another story, and again, I don't know much about politics to dig deep into what she's really about. One thing's for sure, it got her to this point that she's in a runoff with Lightfoot in April and one of them will become mayor.
I'm so glad that Black History Month ended on a positive note, considering the embarrassing likes of Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly. These two men made a conscious decision to do what they did and I hate it when some people think that they make all black people look bad. I beg to differ. I'm doing quite well in my soul and conscious and try my best to instill the same in my children, letting my oldest son know that there are ALWAYS consequences for your actions.
Getting back to Lightfoot and Preckwinkle, may the best woman win. Actually, there are really no losers here.
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