Goosestepping in Oak Park, IL/Racist Graffiti at Oak Park-River Forest High School

Kind of funny, or ironic that a day after the Chicago Gay Pride Parade and a few after the End of Ramadan (Eid-al-Fitr) that the lobby of the Oak Park-River Forest High School has Swastika drawn in it. This type of graffiti defacement is nothing new nowadays in fact, it has become more commonplace recently, almost like people have the green light to be hateful.

The thing is will there be actual consequences for this type of behavior? Probably not. This lobby most likely has security cameras and the offender is (again) most likely recorded doing the deed. If it was not recorded or there are no cameras (I do not know firsthand, because I do not prowl around high schools), then someone probably saw something or the young idiot bragged to their friends about it. Either way, there are multiple ways to be caught for this offense and the offender should be expelled, and publicly shamed as a consequence so others do not idiotically follow in their footsteps.

However, as “liberal” as Oak Park, Il says it is they will definitely, just “talk” to this person after discovering who they are, without giving them a REAL education that such shit is not acceptable in the real world. That such actions once publicized can ruin employment opportunities and education ones, like those kids who had their acceptance letter revoked by Harvard. But Oak Park, Il is okay with fighting against and railing against injustice elsewhere so long as it is not in their own community.

Keeping the façade of the “welcoming” village on paper through 1-year leases to minorities and their “go green stances” but underneath they will cover for the little racists in their community. Cover them with excuses like “they are good kids really” “they have a lot of “______ (insert minority in the blank)” friends” or that it would be detrimental in some way to be too severe with the punishment because it would be a “blight” upon the community. In the end, Oak Park, IL will do what it always does talk the talk but will not walk the walk.

Here is the article from the Patch which discusses more about the Graffiti:

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/swastika-graffiti-defaces-oak-park-river-forest-high-school-lobby

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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

Black History as told by Oak Park Apartments

The idiots that run my building are full of shit as this is Black History Month they put articles like this on their blog showing how “inclusive” they are :: http://oakparkapartments.com/2017/02/the-history-behind-black-history-month/

While of course shilling their crappy “vintage” apartments on the right sidebar! But what do you expect from Oak Park, IL an article possibly written by an African American? Nah! They do not get those types of jobs. This article is like hearing about the Native Americans struggle as told through the eyes of General Custer.

But I digress it is an article of political correctness, at least have an article about Black History Month when it starts.. damn! It is bad enough that it is celebrated on the shortest month of the year, but if you leave it up to Oak Park Apartments, they would cut another week off it while saying “Oak Park, IL is diverse”… really.

Still got those cul-de sacs up on Austin Ave?

I wonder how many African Americans are placed near the heart of Oak Park in other Oak Park Apartment locations or get their building complaints taken seriously as their other racial counterparts? I am not on a soap box just calling it like it is. I know as a rebuttal the phrase: “ I have black friends” or “I know black people” will come out I just wish it was a forced of a gesture like this article. 7 days later no less.

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

Happy “National Freedom Day!”

Happy Black History Month! Although that this, is of course, the shortest month of the year (don’t get Ma Pro started) it is a time to celebrate African American culture here in the United States. Today is actually “National Freedom Day” the day that President Lincoln started the process that ended slavery in the United States, later ended by 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Congress created a resolution that made today National Freedom Day in 1947 and President Truman made it law in June of 1948.

Meaning that even though President Lincoln made Slavery illegal it took many years and decades to have this basic tenet that every person is free in our Country to be recognized. Even though there are still tons of racism, being played out everywhere in our country and even in places like Oak Park, IL there is still hope. By recognizing that freedom is for everyone on a day like today we acknowledge that everyone should be treated equal and be given an equal footing until every man, woman, and child is on an equal footing we got a long way to go.

Here are some more sites that gives you more information regarding “National Freedom Day” I hope you enjoy the information, and happy reading!

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/national-freedom-day

http://heavy.com/news/2017/02/national-freedom-day-when-meaning-abraham-lincoln-black-history-month-13th-amendment/

Happy Holiday! Happy Martin Luther King Jr day!

Happy Holiday! Happy Martin Luther King Jr day!

This is, of course, a great day because most of us have it off, but it’s also a great time to celebrate diversity in our area and our country. Even though places like Oak Park, Il like to say they are diverse and steer most of the minorities in Oak Park, Il to live near the Austin border, we can still keep the dream alive and fight these type of mindsets by keep speaking out and keep fighting against overt and covert racist practices such as the one I have aforementioned.

You do not necessary have to be black to actually reap the benefits from MLK jr’s sacrifice either because of his stance we have better ideas about cultural understanding and intelligence this helps us practically in everyday life, as a people, as a country, a global power and as a single race of humanity. As we become more cultural intertwined we are able to overcome our differences and the ignorance that is out there, this is not some liberal fantasy, or cuck erotic story, just plain common sense.

We are all on this planet together so we might as well get along, and for those who wish to practice overt and covert racism whenever they want, (how do I say this eloquently?) can …. suck a big long one. Enjoy one another and let the old haters sit in their corners and bitch. Remember the man, take a stand, and enjoy your MLK jr. day in the memory of this great man.

Peace and Chicken grease.

Soon no one will be able to afford Oak Park, IL

Some time ago I read an article (“Who can afford to live in Oak Park?”) talking about if Oak Park, Il was still going to be affordable for those middle and lower income families and how the village is less worried about the “racial re-segregation” that is happening now in Oak Park, IL. The fact of the matter is that those old liberal residents in Oak Park, Il can state that they are open to everyone and as they sign kumbaya to our faces they cannot wait to sell the so called “heritage” of Oak Park, IL so that the affluent move in and raise property values once again.

Honestly in hopes to move out the less desirables in their minds but being true hypocrites they would not tell say it out aloud, the funny thing is that this raises their property values AND taxes as well, sort of a double edged sword. So as long as they keep those poor people and minorities out who cares right? Oak Park, IL becomes that exclusive suburb once again affluent, pushing out the thoughts of being inclusive as they all put out their Hillary signs preaching that they are for everyone, so as long as that everyone is really them.

If the next generation cannot buy the homes or rent the apartments in Oak park, Il what happens to that area? It is not like Oak Park, Il is bustling with activity like Chicago’s Lakeview or Wrigleyville, it is more like Hyde Park than anything else and you see how that is!

Now after reading that article in July you think the writer may be an alarmist but actually he has a point as the Tasty dog was torn down on Lake street it was not bulldozed to make way for a restaurant or an additional building for commercial use to expand the Hemingway district’s theme. Per the article (“Tasty Dog flattened District House moves forward”) it was actually torn down for a mixed use condo that will probably have store front business space, but it will also have condos ranging from 650,000 to $900,000. Oh yeah, the people in the Chicago area obviously have the money because a third of the units sold. However, can they sell all the units? When these tenants move in what type of resources will they demand of the area? Will they be okay with the Oak Park Apartments or the Oak Park River Forest High School just a little bit down the street or would those areas need to be refitted for the new class of residents that are moving in?

Truthfully if I bought a condo for nearly a million dollars it would not be in that area unless I was told that the area was soon about to change. Which brings us back to the first article in which the writer was disturbed about one high rise, and how one high rise could damage Oak Park, IL’s commitment to racial and income desegregation you compare it to this article and you will realize he was not pissing in the wind.

There are other condos going up on Lake Street from Oak Park, IL to River Forest, Il, in the article “River Forest advances Lake and Lathrop project” we see that both villages are basically saying FUCK YOU to affordable housing and pushing such undesirables who cannot spend the cash to go elsewhere. Even though there are people who can pay this type of money, of course, there is no doubt there are people who can, but it is not enough to fill either village when properties like these raise the property values and them the property taxes in the area.

Of course Oak Park, IL is not being ran by the brightest crayons in the box, look at their operating budget, and the idiotic development and further construction of expensive condos all up and down Lake Street merely illustrates that fact. The selling point of Oak Park is its quaintness harking back to Wilbur Wright designed houses and the home of Hemingway, now that illusion is overshadowed by the condos popping up killing the illusion that Oak Park, Il is still that place that safeguards its old time traditions and values.

This is the article that is superbly written about the housing inequality in Oak Park, Il:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/7-26-2016/Who-can-afford-to-live-in-Oak-Park%3F-/

The article about Tasty Dog’s removal and more condos building in the area:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-8-2016/Tasty-Dog-flattened,-District-House-moves-forward/

River Forest is getting into the act for condo building:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-8-2016/River-Forest-advances-Lake-and-Lathrop-project/

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

The reason why crime does not touch Oak Park, Il

Recently I read a Commentary article called: “I never worry I’ll be shot in Chicago. After all, I’m white” it to me seems that this is the attitude of most non-minority residents here in Oak Park, Il the idea that bad things do not happen in Oak Park, Il stems from attitudes like this. The problem is with this type of foolish it is rationalized, then spreads through the retelling of those “facts” the belief that the law enforcement department is omniscient and everywhere to stop the majority of crime. The so called deterrent to all the bad in the world however foolish as that thought is to those who live in the reality of the real world.

I mean when is the last time di done hear about a violent shooting in Oak Park, IL? When asking that question which the answer is no, we reaffirm the belief that the type of thing does not happen here. Why? Because we let “select” people into the village, we ferret out the “bad’ elements or we racially steer towards Austin avenue so they are closer to Chicago. The problem of segregation in Chicago is the reason why the area has the problems with crime today. The lack of sharing of resources and gentrification the entire city overall is now causing a backlash that has only increased the violent atmosphere we did not enjoy now. Now these were due to policies that were in place for decades since the founding of the city, one can hope that with the new opening of a Whole Foods in the Englewood area, the expansion of the Red line CTA even further south than just 95th street we are finally starting to see that spreading of resources.

Unfortunately, as Chicago is making some headway to reverse some of the idiotic policies of reintegrated America, Oak Park, IL is still enforcing these policies with the simple enforcement of its mindset. I have written about residents simply walking up to me and telling me to move my car in a predesigned (and paid) area for parking, to ease their ascetic values. The belief that she and others like her believe they are protected from all unpleasantries merely due to the color of her skin is just more of the same.

The thought that Oak Park, Il is safe because they certain elements have been excluded is automatically an example of such racism and self-indulgence that will doom Oak Park, IL to one day face the problem Chicago is facing now no matter if they like it or not. Believing that you are better than others does not mean that you are, it just means you do not see your mugger until they are two feet away and up your ass.

Here is the link to the article I have aforementioned: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-chicago-crime-white-privilege-20161002-story.html

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Happy Muharram Oak Park, IL

Good day to all! Happy Muharram! I do not see too much in the mention of this Holiday in Oak Park, Il either which pretty much is indicated of Oak Park, IL So not being Oak Park, IL born and bred, I wanted to throw this shout out to my peeps of the Muslim faith in Oak Park, Il and everywhere else.

I do not see too much in the mention of this Holiday in Oak Park, Il either which pretty much is indicated of Oak Park, IL So not being Oak Park, IL born and bred, I wanted to throw this shout out to my peeps of the Muslim faith in Oak Park, Il and everywhere else.

Muharram is not even a federal holiday in United States either whether it engaging in voluntary prayer or fasting as part of observing this aspect of the faith today is the day for celebration. So if you are in Oak Park, Il or elsewhere enjoy this day of reflection and Happy Muharram!

More information about the holiday: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/muharram-new-year

Go ahead Oak Park, IL and learn something!