On Monday, June 12, 2017, a press conference was held outside of St. Agatha’s Church to address the topic of restorative justice in North Lawndale.
Kofi Ademola, associated with the Black Lives Matter group in Chicago, questioned the segregation in North Lawndale. He said that he wondered why Dr. Martin Luther King came to the North Lawndale community 50 years ago, yet today there are still questions asked about the unfair housing and jobs in the communities.
Ademola speaks on the redlining and segregation in the North Lawndale community, and feels that after all these years there was time for improvement; things have gone downhill. He says that segregation is not the only issue, and not even the biggest issue, but rather, lack of resources. Ademola believes that if the community is provided with more resources, they “won’t care who they live next to,” but will be a happier community.
However, Chicago citizen, Derek Brown, believes that some of these resources may be the cause of so many shootings and killings. He says that things like welfare and such should be accessible to those who need it, but that they become too dependent. Brown says this makes people lazy because they do not have to work and they can not handle the world.
He states people support the family but they are not about family. He goes on to say that they will protect their family members, but will kill someone else’s family to do so. Brown personally believes that the way people in the North Lawndale think is dysfunctional, and the way of thinking needs to change in order to see progress.
Written by Trinity Oglesby
Contributions by Kayla Burnett
Edited by Cathy Milne
Image Courtesy Of Gricelda Chandler – Used With Permission