Dear Member of the International Olympic Committee:
Dave Zirin is the sports writer for The Nation Magazine. His column today addressed the wisdom of President Obama going to Copenhagen to try to convince you to give Chicago the 2016 Olympics.
OLYMPICS IN CHICAGO: 'OBAMA'S FOLLY"?
Dave Zorin - September 22, 2009
In fact, the very idea that Chicago could be the setting for the
Olympics could have been hatched by Jon Stewart for a four-year supply
of comedic fodder. To greater or lesser degrees, the Olympics bring
gentrification, graft and police violence wherever they nest. Even
without the Olympic Games, Chicago has been ground zero in the past
decade for the destruction of public housing (gentrification),
corruption (it ain't just Blagojevich; I can't remember the last
Illinois governor who didn't end up behind bars) and police violence
(the death row torture scandals). Bringing the Olympics to this town
would be like sending a gift basket filled with bottles of Jim Beam to
the Betty Ford Clinic: overconsumption followed by disaster.
It's also difficult for Chicago residents to see how this will help
their pocketbooks, given that Daley pledged to the International Olympic
Committee that any cost overruns would be covered by taxpayers.
This is why a staggering 84 percent of the city opposes bringing the
Games to Chicago."
Read the full column.