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:
This is the video that talks about the flyers in Oak Park, IL
Welcome to Oak park, Il where even the Local high school is involved in racial suppression when it comes to freedom of speech. Organized as a day of remembrance for Trayvon Martin’s death on February 26th students marched as they wanted to exercise their first amendment rights. We have seen these countless times across the country recently with other protests. Whether it was about school shootings or to remember victims of injustice and of course you will get people outside the organizing body to support these actions in one way or the other.
In Oak Park, IL some faculty members actually supported the students in their efforts to protest and were placed on suspension. Now, Oak Park and River Forest High School can state that it is their prerogative to suspend these employees assisting in organizing the march although the School could have used this as a teaching moment to all sides of this issue as a way of peacefully voicing opposing viewpoints or just exercise (again) one’s First amendment rights. However, OPRF went to the extreme and went totally fascist on the assisting employees and suspended them. Now you may think that was the right thing to do however it was not.
All it did was add increased racial tension and divide into the school’s culture, great job school administration! Plus, it gave the Oak Park, IL community and now, River Forest, IL a worse black eye (no pun intended) as a community of racial intolerance ready to stomp out dissenting voices if you work for a system that is espousing views of tolerance however acting with a degree of bigotry. It also increased the school’s time in the local news, not due to the excellence of its academics but for racist graffiti, shit like this, etc. tearing down what possibly most residents move in the village for when they have kids: a reputable school (institution) for their kids to graduation from.
But, they are left with this mess of oppressing dogma, the students in solidarity of those staff that assisted them arranged a sit down to not only exercise their first amendment rights but to shine a light on this injustice as well. If OPRF is fine with silencing these employees who else or what else might this institution be willing to silence to keep things in order or “safe”. No, this is merely something that came to the light because students have had enough for how they are treated in Oak Park, IL. Looked down with suspicion, tinged with racist overtones, the students obviously had enough and most likely so did these employees.
The only reason one can possibly fathom that these employees would jeopardize their jobs is if they were subject to the same type or behavior from the residents of Oak Park, IL as these students. It is easier to support something that you can believe in if you have been impacted by it directly as well, something that was lost in this entire episode. Most possibly by the OPRF high school as well, considering how they operate, “teaching the minds of tomorrow” no wonder why Oak Park, IL is headed on a downward spiral. If these are the actions exhibited in comparison to the values (supposedly) championed by this community, if there is no grasp on reality of how things really are, there is hope, no future here, and then hate does have a home… here in Oak Park, IL
This is the article talking about the school putting employees administrative leave and the sit in that followed:
Here is article from a Chicago news outlet talking about the staged sit in even further and the other issues plaguing the school:
The funny thing about the Oak Park, IL residents suiting against a project for affordable housing is that they are using regulations regarding height and parking/traffic restrictions for the area. The first thing you think of when residents sue against affordable housing when they state it would bring down the property values is blatant racist. The you look at he excuses they use “traffic” “parking” “construction height” etc. and in a way, you are like: “man they may have a point.
That’s if the height restrictions for the village was not set aside for all the construction near Lake and Harlem avenues and traffic in that area has just gotten worse. So really these excuses are bullshit. You may even state that Lake and Harlem is considered downtown Oak Park, IL and is different from this more residential area but is it really? Then you also have to think when will Oak Park, IL think about the future when it comes to developing the properties in the area?
Is traffic and parking a valid excuse when this is a problem that occurs everywhere in the village already? No, it is a problem because affordable housing brings minorities and poor people to their affluent area. Property values going down because of affordable housing? Maybe. But what the hell is there now? Do a Google search there is an empty lot. I am pretty sure that lowers property values than a huge four-story building.
Therefore, to me again, Oak Park, IL is just showing its true colors. A lawsuit against affordable housing is just a victory for injustice, the one thing Oak Park, IL states as a community they are against. They state and post little signs on their lawns that “Hate does not have a home here…” Well I think it has found one on Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street.
Here are the articles describing the lawsuit:
Google map of the proposed site:
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.
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
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:
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!
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.
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: