Fighting for Justice Still Kills Black People; White Allies, Do Your Share

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I woke up this morning to two stories dominating my news feed. First, the sudden death of the beloved Black congressman and justice fighter from Baltimore, Elijah Cummings. Second, enthusiastic support for the Chicago Teachers Union strike. I saw the face of their campaign, Stacy Davis Gates, fiercely handling the […]

A Lesson on the Difference Between Diversity and Anti-Racism (Oak Park Edition)

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As a racial scholar and advocate, with an interest in White liberal northern racism, I’ve been closely following the racial equity “vision statement” conversation  with Oak Park Village Board. First it’s amazing that there is this much struggle over A VISION STATEMENT! It’s just words! There is literally nothing actually […]

Racism in America #LivingWhileBlack #TheOakParkEdition #PomeranianPeggy #TomatoTammy

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Racism in America, and, racism in Oak Park is nothing new. But calling out the racism of White liberals, unapologetically and blatantly, is a newer trend.  For better or worse, most White conservatives own and are unapologetic with their racism. As an anti-racism advocate, my writing creed is, “call racism, […]

The Majority of White Women Are Not In Danger of Being Harmed By Black Males: A Local Case Study

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By ShaRhonda Knott Dawson  I love my community. I live in an incredibly diverse cluster of suburbs in West Suburban Cook County (Chicago.) By far, the most popular suburb of my local suburban cluster is Oak Park. It is a beautiful village, full of stunning architectural homes by famed architect, […]

Chicago Political Tribes

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In Chicago, we don’t have political parties; everyone is a Democrat.  However, we do have Chicago political tribes. I will give a detailed overview of our political tribes, we don’t have political parties; there are not enough Republicans in the city to even really discuss them.   Chicago political parties   Chicago is […]

How to GoCPS for Elementary School, Part One

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by ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson Are you planning to use GoCPS to apply for your child’s elementary school for next year? Well, buckle up, because it’s not easy. The process of choosing schools, applying, and enrolling your child in the Chicago Public Schools is daunting for even the most seasoned of parents. As […]