I have discussed multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL and how some say they want it but resist change, that is part of why Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in America. Recently without much fanfare, there was a multi-cultural event in Oak Park, IL yes, that means someone is doing something about the inclusive nature here and presenting the various types of cultures to the people of Oak Park, Il. No matter what. I would like to see events like these get the “hype” like the “Hemingway” area does or special events like the “Wright runs” that occur time to time.
Now at the Oak Park library, they have acquired an article of multicultural significance for people (educators mostly) to check out and present to the public, and recently they had the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day at Julian Middle School with a collection of the acquired material on display. Usually being an adult, and with no kids except nieces and nephews I do not pay attention nor know about this type of events that happen on school grounds. However, I am glad there was a slight mention of this type of event because of the area of Oak Park, Il needs more exposure to various cultures and languages I think it would do not only the kids some good but the older residents as well.
Knowing more about people who are different than us, means we can co-exist with them we can gauge similarities and differences with a level head instead of from a point of moral superiority. Maybe in the future Oak Park, IL will promote this type of event more, so that the people here can grow and understand other communities and cultures better. By opening one’s mind up to other communities one become less inclusive, change the mindset what exists right now, in Oak Park, IL maybe even for the better.
Here is the article that discusses the newly acquired collection and the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/At-Ethnic-Fest,-Multicultural-collection-stands-out/