Things are moving fast here. News of developments pop up on the news feed like kernels over a stove, loud, sudden, like the gunshots in the alleyways that sometimes remind me this is home.

A short time ago a group of high school students led a few dozen guests through a tour of the neighborhood, stopping at the landmarks that newcomers might overlook, but which for many youth define their experience growing up in the neighborhood.

 There was a lot of talk about white people and the impact of their presence as new residents in Logan Square and Avondale. The students even asked me if we should tone down the language around race and focus solely on class as we move through this social, physical and economic landscape.

 Perhaps it’s a good idea to move away from that language, afterall recent studies suggest white people care less about issues dissected with sharp racial justice critiques.

 The idea that we have to move away from divisive language around race, and that it is our language and our focus on race that causes racism in the first place is way common. 

Whether we’re talking about gentrification or police brutality, its infuriating that we have to be “pragmatic” and soften our message because we have to include white people in our struggle.

Somos Logan Square: Most White Folks Moving to Logan Square are Racist 
logan square, august 2014 
Things are moving fast here. News of developments pop up on the news feed like kernels over a stove, loud, sudden, like the gunshots in the alleyways that sometimes remind me this is home.
A short time ago a group of high school students led a few dozen guests through a tour of the neighborhood, stopping at the landmarks that newcomers might overlook, but which for many youth define their experience growing up in the neighborhood.
There was a lot of talk about white people and the impact of their presence as new residents in Logan Square and Avondale. The students even asked me if we should tone down the language around race and focus solely on class as we move through this social, physical and economic landscape.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to move away from that language, afterall recent studies suggest white people care less about issues dissected with sharp racial justice critiques.
The idea that we have to move away from divisive language around race, and that it is our language and our focus on race that causes racism in the first place is way common.
Whether we’re talking about gentrification or police brutality, its infuriating that we have to be “pragmatic” and soften our message because we have to include white people in our struggle.

Somos Logan Square: Most White Folks Moving to Logan Square are Racist 

logan square, august 2014 

 Gentrification, the idea that the value of a home or a neighborhood populated for generations by people of color can skyrocket overnight because some trust fund kids moved in down the block is RACIST. 

 The reality of publicly-subsidized white-owned businesses that cater to these trust fund kids popping up overnight to “revitalize” the neighborhood while our public schools crumble is RACIST.


 If you’re white and you’re moving in to this neighborhood and you don’t vote for progressive legislators or donate money to organizations that move progressive agendas forward, that address systemic inequity then you are racist. If you’re white, living in Logan Square an apathetic, you’re racist. If you’re white and you are not joining the call for affordable housing, then you’re racist. Simple.


Somos Logan Square: Most White Folks Moving to Logan Square are Racist 
logan square, august 2014 
Gentrification, the idea that the value of a home or a neighborhood populated for generations by people of color can skyrocket overnight because some trust fund kids moved in down the block is RACIST.
The reality of publicly-subsidized white-owned businesses that cater to these trust fund kids popping up overnight to “revitalize” the neighborhood while our public schools crumble is RACIST.
If you’re white and you’re moving in to this neighborhood and you don’t vote for progressive legislators or donate money to organizations that move progressive agendas forward, that address systemic inequity then you are racist. If you’re white, living in Logan Square an apathetic, you’re racist. If you’re white and you are not joining the call for affordable housing, then you’re racist. Simple.

Somos Logan Square: Most White Folks Moving to Logan Square are Racist 

logan square, august 2014 


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.”


Somos Logan Square: Most White Folks Moving to Logan Square are Racist 
logan square, august 2014
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.”

Somos Logan Square: Most White Folks Moving to Logan Square are Racist 

logan square, august 2014