So my friend Vince dropped a link on Facebook with the comment:
“Hello everyone, please respond and share:
Most of you know that I write a blog called Third Coast | Third World. It’s on ChicagoNow, a site that is owned by the Chicago Tribune. I came across this article earlier today and since I think it’s pretty overtly racist I asked the staff to remove the post. Please take 2 minutes to look at the article and send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know I’m not the only one who thinks the site and the Trib should not be associated with this.”
and the article he was referring to:
Say what? Come again?
So, when I got home, I knew I had to check this out. After reading the opening paragraph:
“It is an observable fact and intuitively obvious to those within the inner circle of esoteric wisdom that 99% of the difficulties and problems experienced by African-Americans are a direct result of the misuse of their own minds and their own faulty thinking.”
I knew this one was headed on a downward spiral. Now, allow me to first address this in an academic manner. I know we’re living in a “post-racial America” where we have a black president, and black men can walk down the street, sit at the front of the bus, and marry white women. I also know that whenever someone makes claims of “racism” everyone else wants to assume that they’re jumping to conclusions.
However, you gotta admit…that’s some bulls**t!
So, I sent the following email to the staff of the Chicago Now blog:
“I am an occasional reader of Chicago Now, and enjoy checking it out when time allows. I however, came across what I felt was a rather disconcerting blog post:While I am a firm believer in the first amendment rights of all, those rights do not guarantee that your words will be proliferated and celebrated. I feel this blog drips in racist disdain, as well as pretentious, misguided condescending bombast.I would humbly ask that this post be removed. If Chicago Now associates itself with such attitudes, and I do not think that I will be frequenting your website in the future.Thank you for your time. “~No ID