you can look at each other
or you can look at the face of your god
Meant to link this Plastic discussion earlier, but as usual
"The Civil Rights Movement is finally paying economic dividends as African Americans move up the corporate ladder and into professional positions," writes toothless joe. "Over the past ten years, the racial income gap closed considerably. This shift has forged a black middle class and led many African Americans into previously white-bread suburbs. Atlanta, with its core of black colleges and substantial minority representation at other metro universities, is the natural epicenter of this trend. The outlook is not all bread and roses, however, because 'pockets of poverty' remain in downtown ghettos. The trend also registered strongly in Florida and Minnesota, but is not universal."
the front page post turned me off to even reading the fucking thing. Little of interest in the comments, as usual, but there is a link to Midnight Flight that makes it worthwhile:
This book is about one family's experience of White Flight from a changing Chicago community, South Shore Valley. It is also one person's memory of living in a wonderful community and the many factors, from racial change to social evolution that occured.
[. . .] My family's flight began in the Fall of 1968, at a time when racial tensions were peaking, not just in our neighborhood, but around the country as well. This book tries to trace that experience, but only depicts a slice of the larger human tragedy and trauma that has haunted Chicago for decades. It is not an analytical portrayal of the bigger, complex problem of racial divisions. Instead, Midnight Flight offers a perspective of an experience that was shared by many people who lived in South Shore Valley, a once all-White community that turned Black, practically overnight.
I'm rather looking forward to heading back to Chi this weekend.