Skip to main content

View Diary: On Race (54 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Did you grow up on the Southwest side? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Patrick Egan, cacamp

    Was the theater at Ford City mall?

    As a black kid, we knew better than to get off the #79 bus before it got to that mall. Inside the mall was safe, neutral (although moderately racist) territory. A white girl employed at the Orange Julius sloshed the drink onto my hand and then laughed about it with her friends as I tried to clean it up-- I never patronized the place again.

    The surrounding neighborhoods were even more scary. A white kid of about 7-8 called me a racial slur and threw rocks at me as I walked past his house on my way to the mall. I was about 16.

    Ahh, Chicago memories.

    Non-profit single payer health care. Next question?

    by terran on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:38:56 PM PST

    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      It was Ford City mall.
      I lived in the area adjacent to the mall, just east of Pulaski.
      It was pretty nasty there, and I'd like to say it's no longer like that, but the truth is all of those same people who lived there back then simply moved south to the suburbs, so much of the same hostility exists.
      How long ago was your incident?

    •  Thanks for adding your experiences. (0+ / 0-)

      It's so sad that in the US it remains so risky to venture out of "your" territory.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:50:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site