Shedding Light on Sundown Towns: ProPublica Illinois Investigates

Funny this topic been popping up of late…

The term “sundown town” is familiar to many African Americans.
These were towns across the United States where black Americans knew they weren’t welcome after dark.
A new ProPublica Illinois story examines the racist legacy of one such town in Illinois called Anna.
Below, a Q&A with ProPublica Illinois reporter Logan Jaffe. Continue reading

Chicago Cops Use Social Media to Track Grieving Families of Gunshot Victims

Only naive people are surprised…..

It was below freezing in Chicago on December 12, 2017 when a 23-year-old man was fatally shot in the abdomen while standing on the sidewalk. In the days following the victim’s death, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) gathered information about the victim on social media. Documents obtained by OneZero indicate that the CPD also went one step further, collecting social media content from individuals who were publicly mourning and grieving for the loss of the 23-year-old man. “I can’t stop crying…” one of the posts collected by the CPD reads, “why would this happen.” Continue reading

Chicago Police Officer William Whitley, convicted of sex trafficking, left Polaroids of nude women on his dashboard: lawsuit – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s finest at work eh?

A box full of Polaroid photos of “nude and scantily clad women” was once found on the dashboard of a Chicago Police vehicle used by an officer who would later admit he paid young girls for sex before landing a 25-year prison sentence.

That’s according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday against the city of Chicago and William Whitley, a former Chicago Police Department veteran now serving time in a Texas prison after pleading guilty last year to sex trafficking of a minor. Continue reading

Carbondale police shootout with Black Panthers 43 years ago

I personally didn’t know about this….

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) – The date was November 12, 1970, the time was very tense with racial issues raging throughout southern Illinois.

At the intersection of 401 North Washington and Evergreen in the early morning hours 43 years ago Tuesday, those tensions erupted in gunfire. Continue reading

How The 1919 Chicago Race Riot Created Black Street Gangs

It’s a reason gangs started in Chicago….

On Sunday, the highly-anticipated HBO series Watchmen set the internet ablaze with America’s shocked reactions to a little-known incident frequently called the Tulsa Race Riots. The bombing of Black Wall Street is common knowledge to a large percentage of black folks (we’ve written about it at least 20 times, including here, here and here), but apparently it’s news to a lot of people who prefer a whitewashed, sanitized version of American history. Continue reading

8 Successful and Aspiring Black Communities Destroyed by White Neighbors

After all the hubbub about the Watchmen series premiere and it’s depiction of the Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre, I figured folks needed to know it and Rosewood were not isolated events….

Atlanta Race Riot (1906)

When the Civil War ended, African-Americans in Atlanta began entering the realm of politics, establishing businesses and gaining notoriety as a social class. Increasing tensions between Black wage-workers and the white elite began to grow and ill-feelings were further exacerbated when Blacks gained more civil rights, including the right to vote. Continue reading

1,000 + black men march in Chicago no media coverage – Black America Press

How sway??

Israel United in Christ Hosted a 1,000+ men march on August 31, 2019 to spread awareness of peace and unity amongst our community in Englewood of Chicago IL.

News Outlets attended and filmed the event but we received no news coverage. We believe, as concerned citizens of the city of Chicago, that this should receive just as much (if not more) support and sharing amongst the people more than the violence and division that is broadcasted daily. Continue reading