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Fewer Black Firefighters In Chicago; African-Americans 'Not Welcome' In CFD

05/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mark Townsend joined the Chicago Fire Department in 1988 hoping to help pave the way for future black firefighters in an agency long plagued by charges of racism.

But as Townsend nears retirement, he faces a troubling fact: Despite years of diversity training and a highly publicized minority recruitment campaign, the percentage of African-Americans in the department is shrinking.

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