Chicago is at a “Trumpian” moment in which a black-brown divide could morph into a black-brown coalition.
Faulty language cripples imagination and creativity. Wrong words also dehumanize people and their experiences.
At a book talk I gave this spring in the Uptown neighborhood, a woman asked me what makes the South Side special.
An ode to house music that takes place every July.
They cling to her when they hear about children dying of gun violence. They ask if that is how they will die.
The South Side ends up representing the black Chicago experience locally and globally.
The sight of a white person walking a dog in a south lakefront community stokes fears about black folk losing land.
It’s hard not to remember the African Americans locked up and lost because their lives didn’t have value in the crack era.
Yet FLOTUS had to defend the South Side while in office. She couldn’t escape the “inner city” stereotype.