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  • May 3, 2011 4:27 pm
    
Cairo, nominally in Illinois but geographically and culturally a Delta  town, was on the wane anyway, but the armed citizenry brought things to a  whole new level. Its high school football team, the Pilots, went years  without playing a home game, because rival high schools refused to cross  the city limits; in the early ’90s, the high school principal told the  graduating class to leave while they still could. In 2004, a US Senate  candidate from Chicago was sufficiently affected by his trip to Cairo  that he made it part of his stump speech; against the backdrop of  Cairo’s ruins—and its steps toward reconciliation—Barack Obama honed his  pitch for a post-racial America.
So anyway, that’s what goes unsaid when an elected official goes on the  record saying that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if the Mississippi  River was let loose on a neighboring town.

Read what all the fuss is about here.
(Photo, via Southern Illinois University J-School’s excellent Cairo Project) View high resolution

    Cairo, nominally in Illinois but geographically and culturally a Delta town, was on the wane anyway, but the armed citizenry brought things to a whole new level. Its high school football team, the Pilots, went years without playing a home game, because rival high schools refused to cross the city limits; in the early ’90s, the high school principal told the graduating class to leave while they still could. In 2004, a US Senate candidate from Chicago was sufficiently affected by his trip to Cairo that he made it part of his stump speech; against the backdrop of Cairo’s ruins—and its steps toward reconciliation—Barack Obama honed his pitch for a post-racial America.

    So anyway, that’s what goes unsaid when an elected official goes on the record saying that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if the Mississippi River was let loose on a neighboring town.

    Read what all the fuss is about here.

    (Photo, via Southern Illinois University J-School’s excellent Cairo Project)