Today in Bronzeville, about two hundred people gathered at the Chicago Police Department headquarters to stand up for Anjanette Young, a social worker whose house was raided by the CPD last year.
According to CBS Chicago, this raid follows a pattern by the Chicago Police. In 2017, a similar situation happened to Gilbert and Hester Mendez. In a separate story, CBS Chicago reported that the officers barged into the Mendez’s home and began “shouting profanities, and pointing assault rifled and handguns at the couple and their sons” (sic).
Afterward, the family planned to file a federal lawsuit against the city, which cited: “trespassing, assault, battery, excessive force, false imprisonment, conducting an unlawful search of the Mendez family home, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Additionally, the warrant that police used to raid the Mendez home allegedly had a neighbor’s name on it, and even after Hester Mendez told them they had the wrong house, they still continued to search.
This would be repeated with Anjanette Young two years later.
“They made her this poster child for this mainstream body pos movement.”
Last Tuesday, rapper Lizzo was a topic of Twitter debates once again. This “seems to happen every time she wins an award, does something on social media or takes another step toward greater success,” wrote fat activist Sydneysky G for Wear Your Voice Mag.
This time, Lizzo made headlines because she revealed that she had done a smoothie detox. Although Lizzo said it was for health reasons, critics still found crafty ways to express their disdain.
The vitriol that Lizzo faced over her decision is an extension of celebrity worship syndrome.
We don’t just need Black leadership. We need pro-Black leadership.
Lori Lightfoot made history in Chicago.
She was the first Black, openly gay woman to be elected mayor, which people celebrated. Yet, this past summer, she also made history in another, more daunting way. During protests following the death of George Floyd, Lightfoot made a controversial move to raise the bridges in the downtown area.
This would be the first of several times she raised the bridges over the summer. Given Chicago’s status as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., according to a 2019 analysis, the implications of her raising the bridges was that she wanted to protect one side of the city from the other.
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