Holding people accountable in Oak Park, IL for racial profiling

Thank God someone is holding people responsible for racial profiling in Oak Park, IL I cannot tell you how many times I have been in a car with a black male driver and we are followed by an Oak Park cop. So it is a shame that when you hear that there are arguments about how to address such concerns with the Oak Park Police Department along such obvious lines. During the Sept 23rd meeting, it was between two trustees one a woman of a minority ethnicity who is against racial profiling Arti Walker-Peddakotla and the male middle aged Caucasian trustee Dan Moroney

When issues are distorted by stating “there’s no data” of police harassment or that there is no “system of oppression” is foolhardy its like yelp when 100 people say a restaurant is a dump in their reviews and you say it is not but never patronage it or been there. There are obvious reasons people are stating such an issue, and to be dismissive of it is just a symbol or example of privilege. To have a blind eye to it is not ignoring the problem, it is becoming part of the problem. Even when stating incremental changes “over time” should be implemented is as bad as turning a bling eye, because it means you do not want to do nothing about and hope over time, someone else will have the balls to do what you should have done in the first place.

Waiting over an extended period of time to put changes in place does not help the young minorities of today gain a trust of the present-day police force nor does it help change negative attitude to law enforcement over time. What do you say to the person who was harassed by a problem officer “oh in a couple of years it will get better?” That is like if you go into Whole Foods and they no longer offer muffins of any sort and every customer that asks for them the response is “well, in time they will be brought back…” Did the village start the stricter rules for recycling because they had viable data that stricter enforcement will help recycling rates? I know I did not get any questionnaires about that nor asking me about cross contamination of recyclables, did you?

Hence with no data the village went ahead and put that into effect so what is the problem here? Is someone worried about losing vital support in the community? Is someone afraid that they will be equal to everyone else? Is someone they will be proven wrong and have to actually do some work for the moral good for the community? I would yes, yes to all of those questions.

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Oak-Park-trustees-clash-over-public-safety,-racial-profiling/

Giving pause in Oak Park, IL

Obviously not everyone feels the same way about Oak Park, Il there are some people who do not feel safe who do not feel welcome even though they live here. Who feel that the lack of working towards diversity hurts the community instead of helping it. But that has always been Oak Park, IL’s MO always one of talk and doing the other thing. Hypocrisy at its best. Stating who they are not racist but turn a blind eye to social reform because it would mean they would have to look inward and do the work to make change necessary.

With the obvious lack of leadership on so many levels in the village of Oak Park, IL the village loses its luster and becomes another village that panders good tidings but has its racist overtones still in place. The writer in this article has stated their reservations about the “equity” initiatives in District 97 and District 200 and how they will its implementation will help present and future ethnic generations. They also touch upon how Oak Park, Il is changing in its architecture and its stored skyline faltering. The amount of traffic in these areas where the new condos are going up is staggering and will not change any time soon because the common sense is not there to make those changes.

Obviously, I am not the only person who questions Oak Park, IL’s bullshit and puts the place on blast. If you want to read another dissenting voice in regard to Oak Park, IL just go o the link and give a read:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-17-2019/Things-that-give-me-pause-about-Oak-Park/

Oak Park, IL is just counterproductive against progress

Going back last year there were white supremacist flyers littering the village, this year racist graffiti, protests etc. therefore to have anyone say there is race baiting or basically ignore the racial issues bobbing to the surface in Oak Park, IL is ridiculous. However, you do have people who rather take offense, than admit there are issues. I love how the denial is lead off with the term “race baiting”! Oh, okay I cannot wait to hear this responsible argument.

But this is the issue with Oak Park, IL you have people who have been so privileged for so long that when that position is questioned or when others different from them ask for fair treatment; there is a fight. With the questioning of opinions with corrections or corrective action so that the opinion is turned upon the person or group that raises the questions is just deflecting from the real issues, very similar to what you would see in court room tv. This in itself is not counterproductive it just makes the problem even worse. Because in most cultures, the term “counterproductive” means that there is a way to repair it: the problem, the issue, the relationship, etc. even though there was a negative impact recently caused.

No, here correcting others in such language makes sure that the discussion is not allowed or not even brought forth. It shuts down others from even speaking up or wanting to interact. Much like an abusive parent being taught positive means of childrearing and reinforcement of positive behaviors in child development. The problem is, that in Oak Park, IL we have people who rather cling to how things are because it means no change and reduction in power. It means that they would not have to share, change, learn or be forced to become the ideals or illusions that they espouse to hold dear or even be. That takes work and self-reflection and there is definitely a lack of that type of humility in Oak Park, IL.

This is the opinion piece that talks about race baiting:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-12-2019/Race_baiting-makes-her-point-hard-to-hear/

This is the video that talks about the flyers in Oak Park, IL

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/oak-park-fliers-white-supremacist-group-483258471.html

Oak Park, IL is over..

Oh man it’s not a surprise that the village known for its progressive stances has got racism popping off here and there. If its not coming about in the schools its comings about in other forms at CVS to even in stances against affordable housing. You know. Housing for the less fortunate? Real freakin nice.

Not surprising in the least but if you have really moved and grooved in the village and interacted with its residents you would know better. OR gotten a whiff of their privilege uppity shit to know these individuals can easily go the route of spouting some evil ass language. Every once and awhile there it leaks out into becoming an action and bamm you got some plain ass ignorance that is either thinly veiled or blatant.

That’s why Oak Park, IL is overhyped

That’s why Oak Park, IL is overpriced

That’s why Oak Park, IL is over the top and all for no reason.

No reason at all. But its own vanity keeps it from being what it is supposed to be or even more.

Oak Park, IL still has some old tricks

Sarah and I were at the CVS Pharmacy on Roosevelt and we were coming to the front of the store. There was this Caucasian couple walking in front of us and I was sure they did not see us. When they got to the counter before us a voice rang out “I will be right with you” Mind you the CVS worker was straightening up the store when we came and looked like she was there for a while.

BUT the couple looked back at Sarah and the gentleman said “Okay!” until it seemed like he realized we were together and also did not dress like we worked at CVS! The woman also turned around and nodding her head in an affirmative action to Sarah as if she was the one who spoke. Sarah and the CVS worker were of course Black. When the couple both realized they made a weird, unnerving mistake they did their best to engage the cashier and not look back at us. Besides some weird uneasy glances.

The funny thing was, I noticed it, not Sarah because she was in her words: “in my own world” until I told her what had happened and that’ when she stated “I wondered why they were being so wired and nice to the cashier!” When you are a minority this stuff happens and when you are a minority however do not look like the perceived minority group this shit awakes the senses.

It is kind of crazy as they say this stuff as unconscious racism still happens in 2019, but is it really? I am not surprised this happened in Oak Park, IL where they residents state they are not racist, but unconsciously they react as such. Or their blunt privileged ass actions align themselves as “holier than thou” and believe themselves superior or of some type of entitlement that is the gateway to unconscious or even blatant racism. What did not surprise either of us was that this happened in Oak Park, IL

Chicago’s “The Cost of Segregation” impacts Oak Park, IL

The Chicago area that includes Oak Park, IL “has the fifth-highest” out of 100 big city areas in the country with a problem with a socioeconomically issue that is racially based. A report created by the University of Illinois in Chicago “The Cost of Segregation” this report talks about how the racial lines in the Chicago land area impacts the crime rates, the businesses that are invested in those areas, and how this all impacts everyone in the area.

Now how does Oak Park, IL get involved well in all this? Well the problems of Chicago, IL does overflow into this suburb especially since they share a similar boundary of Austin Avenue. Therefore, the ideal suburb must deal with the backlash of failed policies (economic, political, etc.) of the major metropolitan body it is connected to, and denying that Oak Park, IL is being impacted by it is just absurd.

Getting worried about a Taco Bell entering the area or that the Village board selling out creating high-rises downtown, is nothing compared to everyday issues that the people in the most segregation areas dealt with on a daily basis. Their problems of low economic opportunities sometimes translate into crime, that crime does not stay in that area.

It also creeps into Oak Park, IL, ignorance is not bliss, and partnerships across the borders of Oak Park, IL in the less opportune areas could help stymied crime bleeding into this area. Even Though Oak Park, IL does not seem to have a ton of crime it is best to keep abreast of the issues that impact the area. You can read more about these issues below.

The study from UIC regarding the racial disparities: https://news.uic.edu/new-report-details-chicagos-racial-ethnic-disparities

The Chicago tonight article:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/03/28/report-segregation-costs-chicago-residents-billions-annually

The Cost of Segregation:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/default/files/article/file-attachments/mpc_cost_of_segregation_web_EMBARGOED.pdf

The Oak Park Housing Center sucks

I went to this “housing center” and signed up, waited, and a few people came in after me.

There was this single white chick who signed up as well (the same time I came in) and a black dude trying to fill out the paperwork (for two hours).

When it came to calling people to talk one on one about finding a place (of Course) the chick was called first after we both sat there for 45-minutes. As she was leaving I saw her Oak park area print out was of the inner Oak Park area, you know, Lake street and Ridgeland, tons of circles. I managed to see it because she was standing in our way talking on the phone about to her mum as it was our turn to go in!

When we were called and were rushed through (no sh*t) the process in about 15 minutes and given some crappy listings on Austin Avenue. Really?

The area that is borderline Chicago?

Who goes into a housing Center for Oak Park to be given listings basically in Chicago?

Well, we did not go back. Now fast forward, I get an email from them wanting to know how our search is doing “the information will help their non-profit” really? MONTHS LATER???

Plus they GAVE ME a DEADLINE to get back to them! LOL

Please pass this up and do the work.

I got me a better place on my own than with this place!

 

Contributor: Omir

Oak Park, Il related: 10 things about Rosa Parks

I thought it would be great to know more about Rosa Parks because of Black History Month, so I easily did a google search to find 10 things most people did not know about Rosa Parks. Oh and it’s true the things listed in this article I did not even know I guess because it is not really problem knowledge or focused upon.

I wonder besides doing the average Black History month report I school does anyone in Oak Park, IL does anything else to celebrate Black History Month. I mean not just some speeches at a library but really have some type of museum activities or reflection on race relations in Oak Park, IL but I believe that would be too controversial and probably bring too many “people” into the area (you know what I mean).

Here is a quick link to know more during Black History Month:

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-rosa-parks?cmpid=_FBPAGE_Brand+Building_20170204_798161003

Trump wall or Oak park, Il cul-de-sacs?

I was in a store over on Harlem and Lake and I overheard two ladies talking about how Trump is going to build a wall and how racist he is, now I do not care where you are in this debate the last thing you want if you are against such a wall is to get the help of hypocrites from Oak Park, IL on your side to help. Hypocrites? Yes, since 1964 to about 1977 Oak Park, IL built cul-de-sacs as a means to limit the traffic from a growing black population in the Austin area, which Oak Park, IL shares a border with. With arguments of stemming crime and undesirables the cul-de-sacs were built to mystically stop criminals from coming into Oak Park, IL does that sound familiar?

Exactly! So to hear anyone from Oak Park, Il to bitch about Trump’s wall or how racist he is, with these cul-de-sacs still in place is just ridiculous. A cul-de-sac does not stop robberies, murders and rapes look at the crime statistics for this area plus there are articles stating how ineffective cul-de-sacs are to stopping crime citing the Oak Park, IL cul-de-sacs as an example! Ugh what is the old saying? “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones..”?

How about before you are butt hurt about how racist someone else is, you look around you to make sure that your own actions do not exhibit such racist. Why? Because actions speak louder than words. Trump could never build a wall, saying it costs too much, then what? There will still be the Oak park, IL cul-de-sacs on Austin. What if Trump gets his way and does build a wall? There will still be the Oak park, IL cul-de-sacs on Austin. The point is while these Oak park, IL cul-de-sacs on Austin still exist, no one from Oak Park, IL especially from the time of their origin, should bitch about building walls and how racist people are. Just look in a mirror then take a drive down Austin Ave, and you will see an example of Oak Park, IL’s own type of wall, right here in “paradise”.

Here is the Chicago Reader article about the “Negrophobia” that hit Oak Park, IL summing up how it created the cul-de-sacs on Austin today:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cul-de-sac-has-negrophobia-struck-northeast-oak-park/Content?oid=871407

This is a Chicago Tribune article abut how ineffective cul-de-sacs like the ones on Austin dividing Oak Park, IL and Chicago are, all the way back in…. 1993!!! LOL:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-04-25/business/9304250091_1_sacs-cul-chicago-neighborhoods