Sad to see my hometown is still as racist as when I had left it,
some 20 years ago. But then again, it's always been a highly
segregated town. Everyone knows that east of 30th street and
north of Dodge, is like 80-90% black and poor white, and that
east of 30th, and south of Dodge, is like, 80% Latino and old Italian.
Granted, more non-whites have moved westward over the two decades
since I left and moved east, but still, it is very provincial and
sadly, stuck in it's racist ways. One of the several reasons I left.
It was a nice city, as long as you were white (I am white btw), but
as I grew older, for so many of my friend who were not, I began to
see the city for what it was, a somewhat depressing authoritarian town,
that lacked in imagination, tolerance, and empathy. And like so much of
GOP America, under the delusion that, "everything is fine, as long as
no one is marching in the streets". While nothing could be further
from the truth...