That claim is made by Rahm’s brother in his upcoming autobiography, according to Vanity Fair:

When Rahm was a baby, their mother left him momentarily in the care of two-year-old Ezekiel and a five-year-old cousin before leaving the room. When the boys were children, she sent them off alone to spend summer days on Chicago’s Foster Avenue Beach, which they reached through a tunnel beneath Lake Shore Drive.

After a few days in the sun Ari and Rahm could pass for African-Americans, which led to the occasional dustup on a beach that was segregated in custom and practice. “Certain people—mostly white males between the ages of 10 and 15—made it their business to enforce the unwritten whites-only rule,” Ezekiel writes. “When they called my brothers niggers and tried to bully us off the beach, we — naturally — refused to move. Instead, one of us would answer, ‘You can’t make me leave.’” If shouting didn’t work, the Emanuel boys had no qualms about throwing punches. “We were city kids, not anti-war activists.”

Wow. No wonder America’s first “first black president” wanted Rahm to serve as his adviser.

A glance at Emanuel’s bio and you can clearly see that his early years were totally infused with the African-American experience:

While they lived in Chicago, Emanuel attended the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. After his family moved to Wilmette, Emanuel attended public schools: Romona School, Locust Junior High School, and New Trier West High School. Emanuel and his brothers attended summer camp in Israel, including the summer following the June 1967 Six-Day War.

Emanuel was encouraged by his mother to take ballet lessons as a boy and is a graduate of the Evanston School of Ballet, as well as a student of The Joel Hall Dance Center, where his children later took lessons. Emanuel won a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet, but turned it down to attend Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts school with a strong dance program. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, and went on to receive an Master of Arts in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. While an undergraduate, Emanuel was elected to the Sarah Lawrence Student Senate.

That bio didn’t cover the years that Rahm and his brother played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Learn more about the life of Rahm Emanuel in his video biography. Here’s how it begins:

Now, watch closely and see if you can spot Rahm Emanuel and his brother when they were kids growing up in Chicago:


5 Responses to “Rahm Emanuel Knows What it’s Like to Be a Poor Black Kid, Because He Was One”

  1. SignPainterGuy on February 10th, 2013 8:15 pm

    "I was born a poor black child" from "The Jerk" starring Steve Martin was the first thing I thought of. Neither he NOR Emmanuel were born black children, though I suspect Rahm may have been deposited by a wild animal on a tree stump deep in the woods of IL.

    I watched carefully and saw no hint of any of the Emmanuel kids in the openning scene of "Good Times"; does that mean it was all "Bad Times" for the ballerina ?

  2. Pasadena Phil on February 10th, 2013 8:50 pm

    Of course if it served his purpose at this time, this would become a anti-Semitic story or an "anti-gay ballet dancer trying to practice on the beach" story. He's got all of his bases covered. And he's such a likable guy too!

  3. Marshall_Will on February 11th, 2013 12:03 am

    Wrong; ( skipped Native American ) so I'm afraid we'll have to deduct points..!

    This is such a SHAM in the face of people that have faced actual prejudice. MM mentioned while growing up in S. Jersey being called "Gook" and "Chink". She's like; Dude, I'm not even.., you know WHAT? Just never mind…

    Rahm, just what the world needs, more faux 'minorities'.

  4. Marshall_Will on February 11th, 2013 2:13 am

    C-SPAN just had a great feature w/ Ben Shapiro. Without taking ( any more credit than I already have? ) Ben covered a great many approaches a few of us constantly *try* to get introduced into the record at MM's and either get shouted down ( as irrelevant ) or… promptly ignored..!

    Technical aspects like body language, and as Ben likes to say; "reversing the polarity" on the conversation. Great stuff most adults should know ANY way. It really is the Guide to Verbal Self Defense. He went on to say; "The minute we accept the terms of the debate ( we've already lost! )"

    He covered how Mitt's campaign started w/ the basic premise that Obama "is basically a 'reasonable' guy. MisGUIDED but.., reasonable. THEN when P'BO played the War on Women Card, the contraception card the you cut a gay guy's hair back in college and implies MR was a raaacist, you lend credence to their claims because ( uh…. REMEMBER? ) you said he was a reasonable GUY.

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