Posts tagged "black"

The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment
Affirmative action–one way the government tried to address America’s racial and economic gap –was intended to reduce education barriers by mandating that public universities consider race in admissions decisions. By now, chances are you have heard of the Fisher v University of Texas at Austin case, in which a young woman, Abigail Fisher, accused the... Read more »
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Lloyd Kelly, once investigated by the Reporter, now indicted for mismanaging AIDS funds

Lloyd Kelly, once investigated by the Reporter, now indicted for mismanaging AIDS funds
When The Chicago Reporter first wrote about Lloyd Kelly in 2009, he was one piece in a noxious puzzle that led to the failure of one of the first AIDS programs for black communities in Illinois. Kelly was the co-founder and executive director of the Let’s Talk, Let’s Test Foundation, the number one recipient of... Read more »

Lisa Madigan credits Reporter with initiating largest discriminatory lending settlements in U.S. history

Lisa Madigan credits Reporter with initiating largest discriminatory lending settlements in U.S. history
Journalism that is having its rightful impact. That’s what Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called the work of The Chicago Reporter Thursday evening when she gave the publication credit for initiating the largest discriminatory lending settlements in the history of the United States. In a series of investigative stories, the Reporter uncovered that Countrywide Home... Read more »

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance
In a city still suffering from a housing crisis that ripped through economically disadvantaged black and Latino communities, an article that throws a national spotlight on Chicago activists’ fight to claim empty and dilapidated houses is a welcome acknowledgement of their struggle. In a May 29 article titled “The Death and Life of Chicago,” The... Read more »
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Race and poverty roundup: Black ex-CPD officer shot 28 times sentenced; janitors ready to strike; Urban Prep under fire and more...

Howard Morgan, an off-duty black police officer shot 28 times by white cops was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday on charges of attempted murder. The Chicago Sun-Times called Morgan’s case Chicago’s “own Trayvon-like scandal.” The sentencing comes amid a growing public conversation about police accountability following a spike in shootings by officers. Howard... Read more »

Barber Shop Show recap: Can George Zimmerman be brought to justice? What would that justice look like?

Whether the killer of  Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, should be brought to justice has been a mostly uncontested position since the case broke into the national spotlight nearly two weeks ago. But what would true justice really look like? And can what many believe is a deeply flawed criminal justice system serve justice... Read more »

Are overlaps between school closings and youth violence a coincidence?

Just blocks from Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale where The Chicago Reporter sets up camp for its weekly radio show are two schools on the turnaround and closure list voted on by the Chicago Board of Education last month. Thomas Herzl Elementary School, at 3711 W. Douglas Blvd., is slated for turnaround next year, and... Read more »
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Do upper-middle-class white people just have higher IQs? A Washington Post columnist seems to think so

Is it 1912, or 2012? You’d be forgiven for being confused after reading an op-ed in this week’s Washington Post by political scientist Charles Murray who writes that if there’s an education gap in our society in which whites are out-performing other groups, it’s because students flagging behind are just not smart enough. “(C)hildren’s IQ... Read more »