By Jim Bowman
This paper's free-wheeling comments section offers an engaging look at The People of Oak Park (in their own words). For instance, this exchange about the mayor's house under siege between Ellie Medina and Warren's Refinement demonstrates the divide among what I'd call the villagers' (or readers') left-leaners and right-leaners.
Ellie, picking up on something Warren's R. said:
You say the silent majority is fed up with this. What about the minorities that are brutally attacked and murdered everyday? [By each other, per daily news accounts.] You think they are just gonna let it slide? No. They are fed up too, which is why these actions have to take place. [But the message can be drowned out by the method. The medium is the message.]
The youth has come together to fight for what we believe in and if you believe that damage property is worse than human lives being taken away, then there is something wrong. You can fix property but you can't bring back a life. [Can't always fix it. In any case, damaging property is a way to diminish people in a serious way. You don't want to draw this harmful distinction.]
And we won't take our signs down. [Of course not. They are your property, standing for what you believe in.]
If we have to take down our signs about acceptance and appreciation for a certain race, then you have to take down your signs for your appreciation and acceptance for your political party or candidate. It's only fair. [It is. But what about signs saying blue or all lives matter?]
To which, Warren's Refinement:
Excuse me Ellie, but defining a group of loud mouths who employ trespassing and intimidation as a "new stronger generation" is like saying cops who beat confessions out of people are a new stronger police force. [Trespassing and intimidation is what we're talking abouthere.]
If we ever see a strong generation again, it will be made up of productive people who first listen, then confront problems with level heads and innovative solutions. [That's a standard to live by, in fact.]
The vulgarity and violence we've seen across this nation will do nothing but create more division, so I agree with Bryan [an earlier commenter]. Also, no one has ever said property damage is more important than the loss of human lives, but every sane person knows two wrongs don't make a right either. [Another standard, honored often in the breach.]
To cite a Jesse Jackson (in a quote often cited by Oprah Winfrey), "excellence is the best deterrent to racism". Of course I've heard BLM leaders dismiss Jackson's honorable lifetime quest for justice like it's nothin', so I suppose you do too.
End of attempt to use comments to capture Oak Park attitudes. More such attempts to come . . .
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