Posts tagged "discrimination"

Has privatizing Chicago public housing done much to desegregate it?

Veteran fair housing advocate Christine Klepper recently told me, “You can’t undo segregation and Jim Crow in a short period of time.” We were talking about segregation in Chicago’s public housing, something that the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been trying to undo for the past four... Read more »

Do new marijuana legalization laws only benefit white people?

Do new marijuana legalization laws only benefit white people?
David Simon, the creator of HBO series “The Wire,” raised some eyebrows last month when he declared that the widely applauded marijuana legalization measures in states like Colorado and Washington were only going to help “white, middle-class” youth avoid going to jail for drug use. Simon’s award-winning series  focused at times on the illegal drug... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Veterans' health care, our new blog, school funding and school closings

Calling for Vets. Iraq Veterans Against the War is asking Chicagoans to call the director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center this week and ask him for several changes to care at the center. These include improved staff training in how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and larger staff-to-patient ratios. Our New Blog. Our... Read more »
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America, are we post-racial or even more racial?

A California Republican official sent this image in an email in 2011 to some members of the Orange County Republican Central Committee. The image created a firestorm, went viral and eventually the official apologized and asked for forgiveness.
Four years ago, the historic election of President Barack Obama moved the nation to ponder: Are we now a post-racial America? And no matter how people responded to that question, most Americans seemed to acknowledge the election of our first black president symbolized, at the least, that our nation has moved some distance beyond the... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Rahm says 'no' to eminent domain; 13,000 Dreamers at Navy Pier; House expels Rep. Smith

While the city council met this week to discuss the use of eminent domain in the foreclosure crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel simultaneously proclaimed his opposition to the idea, according to Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily. “The idea of using eminent domain is not one I support … because I don’t think it’s the right way... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »
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New transition housing for LGBT youth hopes to offer a safe space

New transition housing for LGBT youth hopes to offer a safe space
Being young, as well as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, comes with its own challenges, but some young people in Chicago face an additional challenge: homelessness. A new transitional housing program in Humboldt Park, El Rescate, hopes to build both community and an accepting space, while also helping LGBT youth off the street. “Queer... Read more »

What does MLK's legacy mean to you?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy means many things, to many people. While out taping our weekly radio show at Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale last Friday, The Chicago Reporter spoke with guests, hosts, producers and listeners about King’s legacy and what it means to them. Richard Steele, host and correspondent for WBEZ: Bert Downing, owner... Read more »

How segregation caused the housing crisis

How segregation caused the housing crisis
It used to be extremely difficult to get a home loan if you weren’t white. Especially if you lived in a black neighborhood. Banks created maps to show which neighborhoods they would not give home loans to, a process coined here in Chicago in the 1960s called “redlining.” Black families could rent a house, but... Read more »
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Wells Fargo Bank deceived, but did it discriminate?

Wells Fargo Bank deceived, but did it discriminate?
Nearly 9,000 homeowners facing foreclosures will get help paying off their loans after they were allegedly swindled into high-cost mortgages by lender Wells Fargo Bank. But the hundreds of families who lost their homes because the same company charged them more interest based on the color of their skin are still waiting for justice. More... Read more »