Sunday, July 3, 2011
Post-black Chicago, the sequel
A few months ago I wrote about the flight of blacks from Chicago and other northern cities. Here is another NYT article detailing the flight of blacks from Chicago proper to the awful suburbs in the middle of nowhere along I-57. As before, I lament the enthusiastic entry of these people into soulless, unsustainable, car-based living arrangements in shoddily constructed houses that cost way too much to heat. But the flight to the suburbs is not a black thing; it's an epidemic, color-blind manifestation of our short-thinking consumerist culture. And if the city isn't taking care of its black residents, who can blame them for moving away?