As a member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, I want to thank the Ricketts family for having their staff reach out to clear the air about the proposed ad about President Obama — the ad was an attempt to pollute the public debate in the race for the White House.

Blacks and whites and voters of every race and ethnic group changed this nation by electing Barack Obama to be President of the United States of America, not the President of Black America.

If the Ricketts family feel an apology is needed, apologies should be extended to all Americans, not just black Americans.

La Shawn K. Ford
State representative, 8th District

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