Battling An Old Bugaboo

In Chicago it was black and white. Will Virginia be different?

Chicago, April 4 -- On the 21st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Richard M. Daley was elected mayor after a campaign that sundered the city along racial lines.

Richmond, April 10 -- Final Democratic Party caucuses gave Lieutenant Governor L. Douglas Wilder the delegates necessary to guarantee him the party's gubernatorial nomination. Grandson of slaves, Wilder would be the first black to be elected a Governor in U.S. history.

Bulletins from the battlegrounds where race and politics collide more often resemble the one from Chicago than the one coming from Virginia. As the racially divided voting in...

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