For four straight days after the presidential election, thousands of Chicagoans chanting “Not my president!” marched through the Loop, crossing the river to gather beneath the giant switchblade of the 98-story Trump Tower. Similar protests erupted in other big cities. (Elsewhere, those emboldened by Trump’s victory carried out more than 200 assaults on ethnic and racial minorities, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.) But it was Chicago — President Obama's hometown, where 84 percent of voters picked Hillary Clinton — that was Donald Trump’s go-to symbol for the inner city throughout his campaign, a place so violent and impoverished, he said, that the people “living in hell” had nothing to lose by electing him. Now we will find out.
“I was woozy to see such a symbol of hatred be put into our nation’s highest office,” says rapper Vic Mensa, recalling election night. “Then, when I woke up the next morning, I realized that this had to happen because we’ve been pacified having Barack Obama in office.” Rhymefest echoes that idea: “Maybe it’s a good thing that the mask fell off — we know for sure that we live in a racist, sexist, xenophobic country.”