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