Now Even The Word ‘Chicago’ Is Racist!

In our new media era where everything said, thought, or alluded to is “racist,” we can now add the word “Chicago” to that growing-by-the-minute list of words that are now to be considered racial slurs.

Thanks to MSNBC’s resident “biggest jerk in the room,” Chris Matthews, we now know that just saying Chicago makes you a racist. Because, you know, “there’s a lot of blacks in Chicago.”

This was Chris Matthews’ proclamation as he sought to analyze the current political climate.

Chris Matthews: Yea, well let me ask you about that gentleman. What about now, is this constant barrage of assaults, saying the guy is basically playing an old game of demagoguery politics, where you take the money from the worker bees and give it to the poor people to buy votes. That’s basically what they’re charging him with. Old big-style, big-city machine of 50 years ago.

They keep saying Chicago by the way, have you noticed? They keep saying Chicago. That’s another thing that sends that message – this guy’s helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the burbs.

John Hielemann: There’s a lot of black people in Chicago

That’s right. Now you too can be a racist anytime you mention the Windy City. Chris Matthews and his smirking, self-satisfied cast of racebaiters have decreed it.

Of course, as Rusty Weiss notes, there’s a lot of whites in Chicago, too. In fact, at 45 percent of the population, there are more whites than blacks (33 percent) in the city. So, how is it that saying “Chicago” isn’t alluding to whites?

But we all know what Republicans that continually link Obama to Chicago are saying, don’t we? It isn’t “racism” but “corruption” we are to read between those lines. Chicago has been affirmed as one of the most corrupt cities in the nation with over 1,500 officials having been sent to jail since 1976. And there are several hundred more jailed politicians and officials from the rest of the state of Illinois.

If Republicans are using “Chicago” as a watchword in their talking points, it isn’t race anyone is alluding to. It’s the corruption that Barack Obama’s political world is mired in.

Would you like to see the mounting list of words that have quixotically become “racist”? Then check out Duane Lestor’s growing tally.

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  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    CHICAGO by Carl Sandburg

    Hog Butcher for the World,
    Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
    Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
    Stormy, husky, brawling,
    City of the Big Shoulders:

    They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
    have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
    luring the farm boys.
    And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
    is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
    kill again.
    And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
    faces of women and children I have seen the marks
    of wanton hunger.
    And having answered so I turn once more to those who
    sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
    and say to them:
    Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
    so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
    Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
    job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
    little soft cities;

    Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
    as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
    Building, breaking, rebuilding,
    Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
    white teeth,
    Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
    man laughs,
    Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
    never lost a battle,
    Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.
    and under his ribs the heart of the people,
    Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
    Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
    Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
    Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

    • ackwired

      I hadn’t read that one in a number of years. Nice to see it again.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        used to be taught in all schools.

        • Vagabond661

          Maybe Chicago schools…

          • jim_m

            They’d have to teach them to read first.

            No, I’ll wager they taught it in those racist southern schools seeing as how Chicago is a racist code word. What, exactly, it is code or is beyond me.

          • No, it’s a dog whistle. But don’t worry – you’re not the dog they’re whistling for. Chris Matthews, however, is being driven utterly mad by the sound.

          • Vagabond661

            Then I wonder what I am really ordering when I get Chicago hot dog?

          • There are things man was not meant to know…

    • cirby

      Vote Fixer for the the World,

      Bribe Taker, Stacker of Ballots,
      Player with Rackets and the Nation’s Freight Hijacker;
      Scummy, felony, brawling,
      City of the Big Payouts:

      And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes.
      That’s it, just yes.

    • jim_m

      What most of us call poetry Chris Matthews considers an ode to racism. Nice.

    • EricSteel

      Don’t need Robert Langdon to figure out the symbolism here, that poem just screams the racist symbolism.

    • herddog505

      Chicago is indeed a “code word” for conservatives and Republicans these days: it symbolizes corruption and failure (synonyms include “Detroit” and “public schools”) just as “New Orleans” symbolizes feckless, imbecilic government.

      It’s a shame that this should be so, as Chicago is a great city, one of the greatest in the world one of the chief pillars upon which the mighty American economy was built. Could it be that Chicago is a microcosm of our country? Bustling, aggressive, confident, unruly, proud, contemptuous of rules and authority, capable of the greatest feats and the basest crimes, a metropolis raised almost overnight out of a piece of sodden prairie watered by a slimy, lazy stream by men of ambition, vision, greed, and determination, home to every language on earth, a place where shining institutions of culture and learning exist side-by-side with ignorance and poverty and brutality.

      I’m glad that you posted this poem, as it reminds us that Chicago is a lot more than Barry, Rahm-bo, and the Daleys: Chicago is one of the chief jewels in the rough but magnificent crown of our country.


      Two books about Chicago that I recommend to the interested reader:

      William Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

      A history of Chicago that contrasts how the city came to be with the legend of the American west, and how the city SHAPED how the West became what it is.

      Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Efficiency Expert, All Story Weekly, 1921. Available on-line at:

      A novel based on Burroughs’ experiences as a young man in Chicago before he became a successful writer.

  • jim_m

    I thought that Rahm Emmanuel was Jewish. Shouldn’t that make “Chicago” an anti-Semitic term?

    • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

      By your standards, of course.

      • jim_m

        No. by MSNBC”s standards.

        • GarandFan

          MSNBC has standards?

  • herddog505

    Perhaps the head honchos at NBC should stongly consider putting anti-psychotic drugs in the coffee…

    • jim_m

      or upping the dose.

  • It’s the Tyranny of the Offended. We’re supposed to avoid any word, phrase, or idea that might possibly make anyone uncomfortable.

    This can be used, unfortunately, as a club. But we’re supposed to be so conditioned to acquiescence and obedience to striking words and phrases out when told they’re offensive that we shouldn’t even question it.

    Assholes really put some time into attempting to get Orwell’s NewSpeak ideas implemented without question, haven’t they? If the group you’re trying to silence can’t express an idea, and implement self-censorship properly, they’re never going to even be able to conceive of disagreeing with the ruling elite.

  • GarandFan

    Chrissy Matthews, just another RACIST! Everything Chrissy sees reminds him of race.

  • Olsoljer

    MSNBC should be totally boycotted by any guest invited who has a shred of honesty and integrity, and any sponsors with the same. Madcow, Tingles and Schitz should be drug and alcohol tested daily, as well as undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

    • razorclams

      The 8th day after Obama became President, O’Rielly comes on his show and says President Obama’s policies are’nt working! Slantheant, Crazy Old man O’Rielly and the rest of these RepubliCon shills have brain washed the Republicon sheep.

  • Brian_R_Allen

    Now Even The Word “Chicago” Is “Racist” ….

    As now even the hint of liberalism is symptomatic of the Fascissocialist Psychosis!

    And the lock-step Goebbelsesque Media are barking bloody mad!

    • razorclams

      You must be projecting again from the Fox Noise experience of your youth…..very interesting

  • klaffner

    Media, govt, businesses all use short hand ways to speak. Initials (IRS, LOL), Short hand for long name (Gitmo) and metaphors. Referring to the Obama Campaign as ‘Chicago’ (Rather than using up 5 syllables saying ‘The Obama Campaign’) is as ordinary as ordinary gets. Incredible that this crew can call it racism.

    • There’s no way they can win on the issues. There’s no way to win on ideas. They can’t win on their successes.

      There’s not much else. They’re out of altitude, airspeed, ideas – and the only ammo they’ve got left is screaming ‘racism’. And that’s not the large-bore gun it used to be. It’s decidedly small-bore and underpowered at this point – not potent at all.

      But it’s all they’ve got.

  • 914

    Any linkage to Barry is racist.. Can hardly wait for the race charged debates.

    • jim_m

      I agree. Linking obama to any race would be disparaging to that race.

  • 914

    BTW.. Chrissy’s looking more like Barney Rubble everyday

  • 914

    I guess this just proves that it was always about race to these liberals. So easy to predict. So pathetic to watch. It would be comical if they were not so damn serious with their racism!!

  • razorclams

    Slanthead Hannity and the Drugster Limbaugh what are they if not bias.
    Why doesn’t Fox News call themselves Fox News? What are they? The propaganda arm of the RepubliCon party.
    Orwll’s news speak starts with Fox and they control 90% of the radiowaves. Why? They had a head start on the brain washing of America.