Updated on August 30, 2009 at 7:55 AM

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Re: “When race isn't mentioned

I can't help but do a WTF on skeptic's comments. Is race a social construct, a figment of imagination, a non-factor, or the most important issue ever? Mary Mitchell's point isn't that it's a race riot (it's not), but that the white communities are now tasting a bit of violence that they've long allowed to fester in the black communities.…

Posted by Jason Dye on 06/21/2011 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Separate, Unequal, and Ignored

My lengthy response:…

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Posted by Jason Dye on 02/15/2011 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Joravsky, Bus on Chicago Newsroom

They didn't teach you how to reason at your school(s), IAC?

Urban schools are worse off because their students are generally impoverished. Kids who don't eat properly, who have to worry about gang fights, who worry about crap falling on their heads, who are told that they're worthless, etc, etc, are going to - naturally - fair worse than their better-advantaged counterparts.

Teachers work their butts off every day to make sure those kids have the best advantages that they can, and what do movies like WfS do? Tell them that they're full of crap. Or lazy. Or they just don't care.

The system is broke. It's not the teachers' fault. Nor the kids'. For most, it's not the parents' either. They're busy just trying to survive.

Posted by Jason Dye on 01/06/2011 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Do the Right Thing

The #1 killer of young black men is income inequality, ie, The White Man.

Posted by Jason Dye on 12/30/2010 at 12:56 PM

Re: “It's About Class

Well, this review is a bit reductionist:
"A teacher is a prison guard disguised as a college professor—a
combination that gives nearly everyone some reason to despise them."

Now, to be perfectly honest, there's some truth in statements like this. A lot of urban, underrepresented schools are seen as a sort of prison popul...ation, keeping the youth in check until they're at least 16-18. But statements like this do nothing to reverse the misconception that teachers work hard against those assumptions that society places on them and the non-educator elites who control the school system.

Teachers and teachers aids work on the ground. They care. They are not *disguised* as anything, thankyouverymuch.

Posted by Jason Dye on 04/09/2010 at 12:07 PM

Re: “The Bloomingdale Trail: Urban Oasis or Devil's Playground?

I for one welcome public, shared, open and ped/bike park space in Logan Square and adjoining areas. I do feel sympathy, however, for those who live near the spot in this intermediate time and wish we could find a way of closing off the area in the meantime (all the more reason to speed up the process, right?).

But I couldn't help but notice this great irony in a sub-story: Hipsters and yuppies can trespass onto the elevated and abandoned Bloomingdale Trail to drink openly - with the cops' permission - but the homeless get busted (literally) for just drinking openly?

Here's another related question: the hipster HAS a home to go to and drink (at least presumably he does). He can probably drink on his back porch or go to a friends' party and drink there. He can most likely afford to drink at a club and/or a bar. In fact, he could probably go bar-hopping all night.

But where can the homeless drink? Even a harmless social drink can turn dangerous knowing that the most rudimentary of social functions can get you arrested.

Posted by Jason Dye on 08/30/2009 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Wanna Buy an Olympics?

They sure have been condescending. When I went to the event in Logan Square, the emcee (I forget his name but he reminded me of Adam West) basically told a cabdriver that he had talked to a lot of other cabdrivers and they overwhelmingly approve of the financial aspects of how the games could affect them.

Not to mention their non-answers and the fact that they weren't allowing for a rebuttal to their "answers".

Posted by Jason Dye on 07/23/2009 at 12:57 PM

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