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Mayoral debate gets heated when slave reparations come up

Miguel del Valle, Rahm Emanuel and Bill
(WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)

All six candidates for Chicago mayor claim they support reparations for descendants of United State slaves, but they have different definitions of what that means.

The topic came up at a debate Wednesday evening sponsored by the Chicago Defender newspaper at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Intermixed with questions about schools, the city budget, recidivism and Tax increment Financing districts, was the question about reparations.

Some of the answers, which follow below, include perhaps the most heated rhetoric of the evening.

Carol Moseley Braun

Braun gave a very straightforward answer that highlighted her past support for reparations and other civil rights issues, such as those involving the Confederate flag and the Underground Railroad.

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