Face-Off in Philadelphia

Race is not a weapon in this heated mayoral primary

At Harold Washington's boisterous victory rally in Chicago's Donnelley Hall last month, his supporters held aloft a banner that read RIZZO IS NEXT. The allusion was to Philadelphia's hard-nosed former mayor Frank Rizzo, who has fought an uphill battle against his black opponent, W. Wilson Goode, the city's former managing director, for the Democratic Party's mayoral nomination on May 17. Thus far, however, traditionally Democratic Philadelphia has successfully ducked the racial mudslinging that made Chicago's mayoral election one of the bitterest in American...

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