Jim Crow Lives On in Cicero

The Justice Department sues to end old-fashioned racism

In the 1920s Cicero achieved a measure of national notoriety for being the home base of Al Capone. In the early 1950s the industrial Chicago suburb achieved another, uglier kind of infamy after a young black bus driver and his family moved into the all-white town. A mob of several thousand whites hounded them out of Cicero and set fire to their furniture as police stood idly by. Today, some 30 years later there are still rackets and plenty of brawling honky-tonks along South Cicero Avenue....

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