My wife, daughter, and I recently decided to spend the holiday season with my mother and siblings at the family home on the South Side of Chicago. Upon arrival at Nana’s house, I realized that I would always regard Chicago as “home,” despite having lived on the East Coast for the last sixteen years. And yet whenever I visit my childhood home, I often experience an odd muddle of feelings — from love and excitement at reuniting with family and old friends to anguish and despondency over the unrelenting poverty and crime that has come to define my community. A thoroughly African American area due to past and current segregative practices, the Woodlawn-Roseland neighborhood that I grew up in has long been plagued with high rates of crime, poverty, and unemployment. And while I spent long stretches of my childhood on “welfare” and avoiding gang violence, I had always...
Resisting Post-Oppression Narratives
christian sundquist is a nationally recognized scholar who teaches at Albany Law School. While his principal research interest lies at the intersection of genetics, race, and law, he also works on constitutional law, immigration law, critical race theory, education reform, and welfare reform.
CHRISTIAN SUNDQUIST; Resisting Post-Oppression Narratives. Tikkun 1 November 2013; 28 (4): 39–41. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-2367514
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