Bigots, idolaters, Coons & racists judge men by the color of their skin. The wise judges actions.
Remember this? “Communities (have) to be created, fought for, tended like gardens.” -#BarackObama
in Dreams from my Father.
is getting ready to fuck over the (poor, black) residents of #JacksonPark
, and #WashingtonPark
, and he’s thriving on the political and historical ignorance, and illusion of black inclusion in this country to do it.
I am a resident of Jackson Park, and I live about four blocks north of the proposed site of the Obama Presidential Center, which he is promoting as a “hub” for “training of future leaders” to “bring economic activity” to the south side, with which he has a personal connection. I was present at his foundation’s community center’s meeting last night, as a concerned resident of the neighborhood that will be affected by the construction and impact of this center… and I was disgusted by what I heard.
For context- the South East side of Chicago has been the ONE place in the city that someone could get CONSISTENTLY affordable rent and not have to live in a shoe box, have roommates, or need welfare via a housing voucher or subsidization to do it for the last thirty years. It is a place with a lot of multi-unit buildings, so the majority of the people that live here do not own their homes, they are renting.
Chicago is still a VERY racially segregated city.
Not legally of course- but segregated, nonetheless. The areas of the city of Chicago that were closest to the lake, highways, and the major parks were still subjects of blatant racial discrimination to the point where #DrMartinLutherKing
staged protests and marches here in 1966 to make the city’s real estate industry abide by the fair housing ordinances. As a result- many white families fled the city for the safety and whiteness of the surrounding suburbs. White flight changed the demographics of many neighborhoods and left opening for black families to move in and settle; and they did. You can see a gif of the changing racial demographics of the city here.
Over time in the areas where black f