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Greeting Cupich with Da Bears, or Da Poor?
By Ray Hanania
I watched Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel greet the new Cardinal of the Catholic Archdiocese Blasé Cupich with a collection of gifts that reflected the city’s mood these days.
That mood? Well, it coincides with the sports season. Basbeall season is coming to an end along with soccer and we’re moving into Chicago Bears Football.
So Emanuel gave the incoming Cardinal a Bears cap, a Bears scraf and a Bears blanket, all Orange and Blue.
But it made me think. Chicago’s Mayor welcomes to “shepherd” of the Catholic Church with sports memorabilia as a welcome?
If the mayor had some imagination, he might have used the moment to make a case for the problems Chicago faces, showing that maybe this uncaring political chief executive might have a soft side for the needy, for example.
And that got me thinking, too.
What do the poor have? I mean, what do the poor, homeless, the unsheltered, the hungry and the starved?
They have nothing. No one thinks about them. No one really cares about them. More and more as I drive around Chicagoland I see people begging for handouts as cars drive by. Men with scraggly beards and tattered clothing, and women, too. Some bring their entire family to the street intersection with the husband and wife, presumably, working the stopped cars at the street light and the kids sitting in the grass nearby.
No one thinks about them. No one is really helping them.
Maybe if the poor had a symbol of their suffering that can be used as an icon, like the Bears Memorabilia, politicians like Emanuel could use them to bring attention to their needs.
I admit, the Bears are pretty needy. But the poor are more needy. Desperately needy.
Don’t be so judgmental, yet. I mean a hat that people where with a logo that symbolizes the poor. Colors. A Scarf, which would really be appropriate since most of the poor on the street are barely clothed in the winter and shudder in the cold. Maybe a blanket, for sure.
A logo of a hand reaching out for help?
What colors? Green? Light blue? Colors that might symbolize softness and need.
Can you imagine Mayor Emanuel giving Cardinal Cupcih a green and light blue hat with a “open hand” on its front as a logo, as a gift? Or gifts?
Maybe one of the lowlife reporters covering the event might ask, “Whatz dat fir, maer?” It might have provoked a public discussion about the many poor people out there who have no support, no healthcare, no food, no clothing, and worse, no hope.
The low-life news media would probably attack Da Mayor for “mocking” the poor. The low-life news media are the scourge of society. So hypocritical, biased, compromised and unethical, driven by selfish purpose.
It might have been cool to see Emanuel tackle the reporters to the ground and give them a few swift kicks. They certainly deserve it.
The media doesn’t care about the poor, but every media organization has a fundraising effort “for the poor” around the Holidays. It’s not really “for” the poor. It’s “for” publicity, to help the struggling news media.
I don’t know which I dislike more: The few corrupt news media or the few corrupt politicians? But I do wish someone in authority would do something to help the poor.
Cardinal Cupich doesn’t need Bears garbage. He needs help, to help the poor.
(Ray Hanania is a former Chicago City Hall reporter and political columnist. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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