“Back on racism” in Oak Park, IL

In the article “Back on the racism-monitor beat “the author states various things that seem ridiculous to most people who do not deal with racism on a daily basis. As you look at the comments you see authors that just do not get it and are simply tired of being labelled as racists and a few of them give a solution to combat racism in Oak Park, IL and do acknowledge it. Of course, theses authors who hate to be called racist forget the happenings at the local school and the racist gestures that contributed to the reprinting of the 2019 yearbook. Which in turn is a cost turned over to the taxpayers. That should be enough to get them off their asshole chairs and want to look into getting the perception of Oak Park, IL being racist changed.

The article no matter how you look at it does start a discussion, about how Oak Park, Il should REALLY look at itself and how it is perceived by others. Now there is that whole “who gives a shit” attitude (anger), denial of the facts, I could go on, but it sounds like I am talking about the grieving process and not how Oak Park, IL looks at itself or is it both? Is there a grieving amongst resident of how the pristine image of Oak Park, IL is cracking under the pressure of evidence, the facts and the truth? The author mentioned the mayor’s poorly written article about Oak Park, IL (…it was, I read it), it does give a look into how the village demonstration looks at the current racial problems in the village and maybe that is part of the problem?

At least this article starts a discussion and gives us all a good look at how there are extreme on both sides of this debate, sides that take somethings to the extreme or are just plainly ignorant of racism in today’s society. Ignorant to the point that they compare “other groups of minorities” to what they believe are superior and infer that (for example) the African American community are too incompetent to do what “the Asian, Latin, and Indian kids…” are able to “figure… out: If that does not say racist I do not what is (thanks for outing yourself). It notes how the village administration has no idea what it is talking about when it comes to dealing with racial diversity and therefore is not the leadership this village needs to get by this challenge and heal as a community. Because instead of giving us this begone era shit it should as one commenter stated come up with a statement about racial equity and get on with it.

It is not Shakespeare or Hemingway, but they are correct. Anyone who worked in a corporate environment or been a part of a great relationship or marriage knows the best way to make things better to work on problems that threaten that relationship or organization, is just admit it the issues and start the building or solution process.  This is what Oak Park IL needs to do just shut the fuck up admit there is an issue and get on with the work. As one of my friend use to say to me: “if there is a large group of various individuals, that keeping mentioning that something is a problem or will become an issue you can be believe it is an issue…” meaning Oak Park, IL can get pissed about being called racist all they want but stop denying there is a problem and shut up and work on being part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

Here is the article mentioning the view of this racial argument:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-12-2019/Back-on-the-racism_monitor-beat/

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OPRF students help against domestic violence

I recently read an article about students from Oak Park River Forest raising money to combat domestic violence because they were inspired by a speaker after a domestic abuse survivor shared her story at a school event. Specifically, the student members of the Business Club raised $400 for Sarah’s Inn which is a local organization that assists families that are impacted by domestic violence.

Two fantastic things here, first, with all the news recently about kids and Oak Park, IL has been about racism, yearbooks and such it is great to know that there are some great kids out there. Young adults I should say, that will take the lead against issues that face everyday citizens such as domestic violence and try to do something about it.

Second is Sarah’s Inn to know that there is such a resource within the village is great to know about. It is not really an organization one finds out about unless you are in a situation that you need to find an organization that can help you of your plight.  Sometimes we might hear of an organization like this from media outlets and its usually because the organization is having a fundraiser to gain funds for their everyday operations that we only know about it in passing. Therefore, we do not register that an organization like this exists within our area and could still use the assistance of everyday people like the student of Oak Park River Forest’s Business Club. The same Business club who came out in a big way Kudos!

This is the link to Sarah’s Inn, here victims of domestic abuse can find the help and resources they need in the Oak Park area:

https://sarahsinn.org/

Here is the article talking about how OPRF students are raising money to combat domestic violence:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-11-2019/OPRF-students-raise-money-to-fight-domestic-violence-/