Last night as I was dozing off to sleep land I heard a bunch of hooligans making a commotion outside my window. Young white folks by Koz park screaming and blocking traffic for fun. I guess they were ~edgy~ but fuck them and their fun.
People in this neighborhood are losing their homes, they’re dying because they can’t afford to see a doctor and some of them have to eat cat food for dinner. Wish I was making this up.
I’m amazed at the lengths white people go through to dismiss racism as a relevant force in the problems we face in society today. This is true for the recent events in Ferguson, St. Louis. This is true for the problem with gentrification in Logan Square, which displaces low-income families (mostly Latinos).
As we recoil from the aftermath of televised police brutality in Ferguson, I think of the social media spectacle that took place, how people throughout the world held their breath at the same time as they watched the situation in Ferguson worsen each day.
I’ve come across many people who are unsure of what to think regarding the turmoil in Ferguson, or worse, believe adamantly that race is not a true factor, but a factor which “race-baiters” successfully infused into that conversation.
I’m not sure if I’m more angry at those who stand behind police brutality (who, for example, donated half a million dollars to a cop who’s NOT EVEN ON TRIAL for murdering an unarmed teenager) or those moderates who want to “wait for evidence before they cast judgment on the situation.”