LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS! Chicago is still hyper-segregated as it has been since the early fucking 20th century. I can’t address the present issues without talking about the past. Ya’ll ‘bout to get educated :)
I’ll bullet point this easier understanding.
Segregation in Chicago:
- World World I (1914-1918), the first great migration, where people from all corners of the world were coming to Chicago to have a chance at finding jobs and due to the continuous boom of the industrial revolution that accessibility skyrocketed. People needed to live where they worked.
- Overcrowding in the Black Belt, (originally from 22nd to 31st, but has expanded from 39th all the way to 95 over the past several decades.) Who was behind this shit??? The Neighborhood Property Owners/Association a.k.a. a bunch of rich white people socially and economically pushing black people into this belt of land and we still see this shit TODAY; i.e. pushing people of color out to the suburbs so people can gasp over the Loop, Gold Coast, and even Bronzeville now.
- Violence, because of the 1919 Race Riots – the product of racial prejudice, economic competition, political corruption, media falsification and black hatred. (What else is new?) Restrictive covenants (or keeping the neighborhoods white) also played a major role in this and still do.
- World War II: The black population triples, Chicago’s overall population triples. Suburbination becomes a thing… Guaranteed mortgages and redlining is EVIL. Contract buying, more violence, and public housing (a.k.a The Projects).
So why are the outskirts of Hyde Park, Pilsen, Lincoln Park, Beverly, etc. surrounded by low income housing, and extreme gun violence despite the fact that the city wanna cater to the post-grad suburban-recently Chicagoan white ass yuppies???
Because things haven’t changed in Black neighborhoods because the damage has been done, over and over again. Because whites benefited from this system by having lower mortgage rates and using guarantees denied to all POC to buy homes in the city and suburbs. Because all of this bullshit led to dilapidation by POC communities, especially black communities. Because systematic and institutional racism and oppression. Because fucking America.