That noise you hear on the streets in black-and-brown communities all over Chicago is not just street protests, but people of color telling well-meaning ‘elites’ who consider themselves Progressive that we are ‘Not Going To Take It Anymore‘. These elites who are largely backers of the Urban Cycling Movement are what you would have called ‘bosses‘ on the Plantations of the Deep South before the Civil War. Their job was to keep the Africans working the cotton fields ‘in line‘ long enough to ensure that that the crops got to market, ensuring that the owners living in the Great House got financially fattened.
Things have not changed much. Today the folks doing the job of keeping the coloreds quiet are sitting behind laptops in coffee shops grinding out drivel that questions the character of any alderman willing to stand up to these ‘elites‘ for the shameless money grabbing they are doing in poorer neighborhoods in exchange for more green paint and PVC bollards to demarcate the lines being drawn around rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.
Some things never change.