* N’Digo Magazine publisher Hermene Hartman helped the Bruce Rauner campaign’s outreach to the African-American community. She discussed her work with Fox 32…
“His outreach was real, it was not phony, it was very real. I know, I was there, I did it, ok so it was very real, it was authentic. He learned a lot. He saw some things that I think he had not seen. He learned about the African American business community, he traveled our neighborhoods and saw what I call warzone areas,” said Hartman.
“That touched him, that bothered him and him being a businessman, he related to it and he saw solutions for it, that was a lot of our conversation,” said Hartman.
Hartman said Rauner saw things he hadn’t seen, “Like the war zones of our communities, lack of businesses.”
The mom n’ pop diner stops familiar among politicians seeking office were few and far in between once Rauner hit Illinois’ most impoverished communities.
“We don’t have a lot of restaurants for example. We don’t have, I call it the foreign invasion. Many of the African American communities, the businesses that we do have are foreign invaded, other people other than us run these businesses. A lot of fast food restaurants, a lot of liquor stores so there’s a lack of business, there’s a lack of enterprise. A lot of the crime that we have would go away if we had businesses there to hire people,” said Hartman.
Blaming “foreigners” for this problem is really odd. It’s not like they’re crowding out other potential business owners because there aren’t that many retail stores in the first place.