Story by 89 WLS Reporter John Dempsey
(CHICAGO) Democratic south side Congressman Bobby Rush is refusing to apologize for calling Republican Senator Mark Kirk “an elitist white boy.”
Kirk said last week he wanted the federal government to crack down on the Gangster Disciples street gang, by locking up thousands of its members. Rush responded by calling Kirk’s idea “an upper middle class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about”. Rush appeared with Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft on WLS this morning and said he did not think an apology was necessary:
"No Bruce, I don't apologize for things that I say unless it's necessary."
Rush also said that based on Kirk’s wealth upbringing on the north shore, he does not feel the senator understands African Americans:
"Life experiences, his circumstances, his world view. That position had nothing to do with the reality of what goes on in Black America, what goes on in inner city America".
Rush and Kirk did meet yesterday, with both men pledging to work together to try and attack Chicago’s gang problem.
"Bobby and I have agreed to tour the First Congressional District and I asked him to show me the worst of the worst. Where officials may fear to tread and actually listen to kids and for me it's a time to do that."
Kirk originally announced he was seeking $30 million in federal money to help law enforcement lock up members of the gangster disciples, one of Chicago’s most notorious street gangs. Rush has criticized that approach, saying the money should be spent on job training.
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