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Stephanie Lundquist-Arora
Stephanie Lundquist-Arora
May 9, 2024 - 4 minutes
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Opinion

Will the Left dare say that Chicago’s black voters ‘ain’t black’ if they vote for Trump?

Stephanie Lundquist-Arora is a contributor for the Washington Examiner, a mother in Fairfax County, Virginia, an author, and the Fairfax chapter leader of the Independent Women’s Network. Originally appeared on Washington Examiner.


Last week, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) toured the anti-Israel encampment at George Washington University. While he was answering questions, a protester, who was not black, shouted at him, “How much is AIPAC paying you, you race traitor?” The protester continued to call the black member of Congress a “bastard” and “Uncle Tom.”

In response, Donalds highlighted that some of the protesters were not college students. He incisively observed that the agitator, clearly middle-aged, is “really old to be in college.”

In fact, the leftist agitator spewing hate at Donalds likely was one of the many “outside agitators” who stirred up the student protests in the first place. For example, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Edward Caban said that of the 282 protesters arrested on campuses in New York City, 134 of them had no affiliation with the university.

Regardless, the anti-Israel, racist agitator joins many other non-black leftists, including President Joe Biden, who try to define black people in the mold of their own interests. In 2020, for example, Biden told black voters, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

I wonder if the president of the United States will tell the black Chicago voters who are infuriated by the city’s illegal immigrant crisis, which was caused by his own porous southern border policies and exacerbated by the city’s Democratic leadership, that they “ain’t black.” Or even worse, when black Chicagoans cast their votes for former President Donald Trump in November, will the hordes of leftists monopolizing the Democratic Party refer to them as “race traitors” or “Uncle Toms”?

But this time around, Democrats’ race-baiting is likely to fall on deaf ears.  

In the last year and a half, 35,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Chicago’s residents are fed up with their resources being taken by illegal migrants.

In June 2023, for example, Chicago’s black residents fervently objected to the city council’s decision to allocate $51 million to house illegal migrants. Among them, a woman argued that the city needed to use its resources to care for its own citizens. She said, “We need to allocate some of this money for our black children, for the black community. We have not gotten anything for our community, and we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Enough is enough.” 

Chicago’s leadership appears to be ignoring its voters and has continued pouring the city’s resources into its illegal migrant crisis. 

Meanwhile, likely as a direct result of its migrant surge, the Chicago Police Department reported a 16% increase in crime and a 14% rise in homelessness in 2023. And many frustrated black residents now are vowing to “turn Chicago red.”

Earlier this year, after a resident criticized Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson for not listening to citizens regarding the city’s sanctuary status, she argued that Chicago needs political change. She said, “If the Democratic Party is not going to listen to us, if the Democratic Party is not going to stand up for the people that have supported this party, then it’s time for us to make a change.” 

It is time for a change indeed. At a Chicago City Council meeting earlier this year, one of the speakers summarized the situation well during public comment when he said, “All this asylum-seeking lie, all this about refugees — no, no, no. What’s happening is they’re emptying out the dregs of their jails into the United States and to our communities. They’re junking up our country. And yeah, we feel some kind of way about it because it’s our country.” 

It is our country — where all citizens should have a right to hold and project their own political opinions. Our nation’s black members of Congress shouldn’t need to worry about agitators publicly spewing racist hate at them because of their political positions. And black voters shouldn’t need to be concerned about Biden telling them they “ain’t black” when they cast their votes to improve their cities and country.

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