The Obama Presidential Center should not something that is very controversial, but it is. His legacy is all tied to race and the race-baiting that was common during his 8 torturous years. As the plans move ahead to the make the center a reality, a lot of the needless tensions are rising to the surface.
A lady named Bronwyn Nichols Lodato was “pushing to prevent a portion of Chicago’s Midway Plaisance from being developed into a parking garage,” and was labeled as “anti-black” for doing so, according to the Chicago Tribune. She herself is black and said, “All I wanted to do was make sure my kids could play with no garage in their park. I have three young children and we live in a condo and the Midway is our yard. My story is simply, how can we keep the park so our kids could play there?” She worries about the “jewel” of open areas being lost, too, as the ‘hood becomes a parking lot.
In our world where everything that a person does is viewed through the eyes of skin tone, such questions meet a lot of opposition. Even Ben Carson, another black man, was called a “white supremacist” by Democrat leaders.
Lodato felt that the garage would spur business in the area (even though people are tired of paying to park) and she was soon accused of siding with her “white, well-off” neighbors. In the modern liberal world, even blacks cannot be against blacks.
“As a black person, speaking my truth about preserving green space, (I was) told that’s not the most important thing to focus on,” admitted Lodato.
Some have opined that rising rent prices will happen as development grows, so even some of those who support the idea are confused about it. For some reason, there are those who don’t think that blacks can’t earn a middle-class income, something that seems racist to anyone paying attention to the debate.
Residents want “a contract guaranteeing property tax freezes and jobs” which basically tells a landlord that they may not charge fair market value for his properties as the neighborhood betters itself. This is always the path of liberalism, limiting what others can do.
We are informed that the “center will cost more than $300 million to build,” and while that seems quite high, some experts are saying that it will attract hundreds of jobs. Some residents fear that this will change the whole area which, since it is downtrodden, should be what they want!
However, it is not that cut and dry when viewed through the eyes of skin color, which is what supporters of Obama tend to view everything through.
“It’s complicated to get your arms around,” added Lodato. “It’s complicated and it’s hard. But this is all our baggage. We need to be talking about race. We need to talk about class differences. We need to also take it upon ourselves to elevate the conversation … and figure out how to align ourselves with the ethos of what this community has long stood for.”
WHY DOES RACE NEED TO BE TALKED ABOUT? If the jobs come, are they only to be hiring whites? If the neighborhood gets better, will not everyone be permitted to live there? We don’t live in a country that judges on skin tone, hires based on skin tone, or that condones any of the things that are implied by so many people living there.
“Increasingly folks who are in favor of the Obama Center have stood up at meetings and sent out emails saying anyone who disagrees or asks questions — they must be white, they must not care about black people and they must not care about economic development on the South Side,” observed Juanita Irizarry of Friends of the Parks.
“It’s not neatly broken down by black and white or neatly broken down by class. To make it all about race is inappropriate — that’s not what Obama stood for. There needs to be more nuanced,” the Hispanic lady also correctly noted.
Communities have often passed up progress in the name of keeping public parks open, and sometimes the results are dreadful. In Canton, Ohio, a number of years ago, a popular amusement park chain was going wanting to develop local parks into a new attraction and it was denied. Today, Canton is listed as one of the top ten most miserable mid-sided cities to live in.
Chicago, IL is also a terrible place to live, and many of those there are too busy fighting about race and trying to drum up a legacy of respect for a president that really did not do that great of a job in D.C. That has nothing to do with his skin tone, but rather, his policies.
As the center is debated, perhaps it would be wise if the people of the Windy City worried about progress more than skin color.
Source: The Conservative Daily Post