Posts in category "Racism"

Oprah: Racial Profiling or Just Bad Customer Service?

All of this flap over Oprah’s $38,000 purse made me pause and remember a similar incident I had in a store a few years back. When I had first moved to the south side and had the money to do so, I went furniture shopping downtown on Michigan Avenue. Let me be the first to... Read more »

Seven Deadly Sins: Anger - "Gun Violence In Chicago"

I am seething with anger over all of this shooting. On Sunday a man was shot in the head two blocks south of my home.  Yesterday five people were shot in the vicinity of a South Shore Currency Exchange. The gun violence in this city is out of control.  Scratch that—gun violence in Chicago was... Read more »

Who Are YOU To Judge My Blackness?

Why is it when some white people refers to a black person as “practically white” they think it’s a compliment? It’s not. This phrase has been uttered to me several times by either well meaning white friends or in some instances white strangers that think they and I are in the middle of a bonding... Read more »
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Race, Real Estate and The Bank Of America

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune reported that Bank of America has been accused of taking better care of foreclosed properties in predominately white neighborhoods than they do in minority neighborhoods. Oh boy here we go. Topics of race and racism are always incendiary. Nonetheless, when I do discuss issues of race with people I don’t know... Read more »

Racism, Genocide, Abortion & Eugenics

Abortion as a form of genocide on the African American community? Are you out of the ever lovin’ mind? As we near the middle of Black History Month, I’m noticing the overall concern about black women and our reproductive choices is on the rise. I’m highly skeptical that the pro-life forces in this country are... Read more »

Why Do I Still See Blackface On Halloween?

Seeing a white person in blackface as a part of their Halloween costume is something I’ve come to expect. This year proved to be no different. Starting in college, I’ve seen many variations of a “costume” that included blackface.  Of course the wearer of the “costume” always made a bee line for me and attempted... Read more »
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Chicago Plantation Politics---A Primer

In the early 1960s, a fresh-faced seminary student named Jesse Jackson came to Chicago, and, on the basis of a recommendation from North Carolina’s Democratic governor, Terry Sanford, won an audience with Daley I. The mayor was impressed with Jackson and offered him a job—as a toll collector. Jackson wanted something more substantial and instead... Read more »

Why Would You Think Anyone Would Want To Live With Violence? Debunking The Myth of The Bad Neighborhood

The armchair racists think they have all of the answers when it comes to crime ridden neighborhoods. And to be clear, when I say crime ridden I mean black neighborhoods. Because when the armchair crowd speaks, they usually do so in code.  Knowing this, it’s important that we all be on the same page for... Read more »