Apropos of last night’s Chicago mayoral election—congratulations, Brandon Johnson—and this weekend’s Easter holiday, enjoy this Writing Boots rerun from a couple years ago. —DM
Forty Easters ago in Chicago, an Easter egg hunt went about as bad as an Easter egg hunt can go.
We’ve all heard, “This is what democracy looks like!” We’ve all heard, “No justice, no peace!”
But this was the first time we heard, “We need jobs, not eggs.”
And then Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne’s patronizing and tone-deaf Easter celebration inevitably devolved into police mayhem, in the exciting and ignominious culmination of an asinine stunt that Byrne pulled by moving into the Cabrini Green housing project, with her husband.
It has to be seen to be believed. Even if you’ve seen it before.
Recorded in 1981 and immortalized on the wonderful video archive Media Burn my friend Tom Weinberg.