A majority of the Chicago’s black population once lived on a stretch of South Side housing projects commonly referred to as “the Black Belt,” as well as other locations throughout the city. The projects were eventually emptied out, displacing tenants across the city and local suburbs, and torn down following years of debates and litigation. Now, one of those same properties is turning into upscale, high cost housing for those who can afford it.
Acknowledging that white privilege – the process where white people naturally gain a series of advantages over minorities due to their race – is hard enough for some people. But if they’re fortunate enough to do that, the next step is identifying examples of white privilege in everyday life.
The Chicago Theological Seminary is working on a campaign to held address issues that are standing in the way of social justice, including white privilege. In a new video entitled “White Privilege Glasses,” a white man is given a pair of glasses that provide him with the ability to see what life is like for people of color in day-to-day interactions.
Imani Perry is a well-known professor of African-American studies at Princeton University. But that didn’t protect her from enduring what she’s recalling as a terrifying experience when she was arrested, patted down by a male officer and handcuffed to a table because of a three-year-old parking ticket.
Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Frederick, recently made a suggestion about something that President Barack Obama can add to his plan to improve higher education.
Obama is looking to make community colleges across the country free to students that maintained good grades while in high school. Frederick wants the President to consider adding HBCU’s under that umbrella, according to NBC4.
It’s a widely held perception that professional athletes peak early by earning millions of dollars before they reach the age of 30 just to lose most of it by the age of 40. But, maybe it’s time we start rewriting this narrative.
To be fair, there are multiple examples of former pros struggling to maintain the lifestyle of their glory days and having to sell their estates, championship rings and working jobs at Starbucks just to avoid going completely in the red. This is especially a problem in the NFL, where Sports Illustrated reported that 78 percent of players went bankrupt within two years of retiring as of 2009.
Whenever someone comes under harsh scrutiny, it’s easy to lean on the familiar advice of “focus on your own happiness first.” But if the person being examined and criticized on such an intimate level depends mostly on the public’s satisfaction for a living, that advice no longer applies.
When a jury acquitted George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin in 2013, I had only been 21 years old for a week. In that short time, I already brought in the milestone with friends and family on multiple nights full of good times and laughter. As a matter of fact, when I got the news of the acquittal, I was headed home from the Taste of Chicago with a friend after paying way too much for domestic beers all day.
Before Laquan McDonald or Quintonio LeGrier were killed by Chicago police officers, the murder of Rekia Boyd was the primary focus of many concerned citizens within the Chicago community. Boyd was shot in the back of the head by police officer Dante Servin after he shot into a crowd in 2012. He was acquitted of a charge of involuntarily manslaughter this past April in a very controversial case.
Fraternity culture on college campuses can be controversial for a lot of reasons. The hyper-masculinity that comes from the all-male environment is only made worse when it’s full of young white men who are constantly trying to prove themselves to each other through problematic traditions.
Every now and then, something in the extremely private community of campus greek life leaks out to the public and exposes its much darker side. The most recent revelation involves a fraternity at the University of Chicago and leaked racist emails.