Medium is a relatively new site with a mix of in-house and outside contributions, and there are occasionally posts related to education and/or Chicago. One of them I recently came across, written by @bensk, is called The Conspiratorial Racism of White People, who describes being contacted by lawyers from the City of Chicago about an article he'd written about a student who'd been killed by CPD in 2010 -- one of four Hyde park Academy seniors killed that April (among 27 CPS students killed and 218 shot in 2010
While CPD was apparently justified in shooting Izael, and lawyers were there only because his parents were suing the city for wrongful death, they make the mistake of telling writer Ben that they didn't think the kid could have been a lawyer or doctor.
It's not so much that Ben doesn't agree with the reality that's being described, but rather to the notion that kids like this were entirely responsible for how things turned out for them:
"Izael was a criminal. But he was also the victim of the same power structures and social mores that make my life free of police intrusion, and made his end in police gunfire...
"It wasn’t anything either of them did that made being a doctor a joke that this lawyer thought we could share. It was the city of Chicago, it was America, 2010, that made doctor a joke. I’m not willing to be in on the joke."
What do you think?