By Jim Bowman
. . . Sunshine patriots butt out. Don't go yearning for Egyptian fleshpots. It won't work. Never does. You can't escape the world about you.
Do NOT emulate the hapless mayor of distant Portland-in-Oregon, who threw caution to the winds and put himself in the way of big trouble, tear gas and all. His effort at being the little Dutch boy with finger in the dike. Legendary tyke saved the day. Mayor of P., on the other hand, couldn't avoid the boos that followed on his addressing the mob, urging them, YES, to hold the fort against the federales. He had to fall back on the mantra, "Black Lives Matter," to get applause. As well he might have. It's this year's version of liberte, egalite, fraternite, the siren song of our current revolution.
Which brings the Wednesday Journal and Oak Leaves reader to the matter of "equity," that which led in its way to the near-mass protest resignation of the community-relations people, miffed no end to being ignored by the Oak Park village board in choosing whom to school village employees in it. As a one time member of that group, I should feel their pain, which I may yet do. But first, I'd like to explore this "equity" business.
Real estate people, who are among the most visible by far of marketers of Oak Park's most important vehicle of commerce, use the word all the time. It refers to ownership with a view to value. If you have lots of equity in a property, you are heavily its owner. So: Does it mean lots of societal moolah? More than you can get with equal opportunity?
I've got it. Affirmative action, first cousin to the quota!
Announcement: More to come on this knotty subject . . .
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