The Struggle To Move On -Nicholas Greco

Many of the things we’ve discussed in this class has resonated me on different levels, but none so much as a specific section in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ piece “The Case for Reparations”. In the piece Coates discusses many of the struggles black citizens went through in order to exercise their right to owning a home in the mid-20th century. However later in the piece one thing he says that really struck me was that as african american’s tried to get homes they were forced into smaller worse areas in Chicago. These areas have grown larger and worse with time and to this day they are some of the worst areas of Chicago to live in. This struck a chord with me because it is a clear representation of the wrong that was done by the people working in the industry that can not be undone. Of course I’m aware that the actions taken during this time period towards african american’s resonated through generations and leave scars to this day, but this is one of the first clear statistical examples I have seen of this cause and effect and it truly worries me that the wrong doing done that has snowballed in that area rather than gotten better.

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One thought on “The Struggle To Move On -Nicholas Greco

  1. crystalhuang326 says:

    It is crazy to think how back then one race was capable of having another race completely wrapped around their fingers. This is an extremely complex issue, where it has become impossible to untangle anything because there are pressures from every angle – from the power of business/ corporation owners, to the conditions of workers, to demands of consumers. In essence, it’s a cycle of structural violence. It is tragic to see how one race disabled another, which is why there is such a big disparity between the races and classes.

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