Language as intimidation

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It is disappointing to see the mob mentality that seems to have taken over some members of our community at Oak Park Village Board meetings and in various online postings and other media. We have local agitators using intimidation tactics that seem straight out of a totalitarian's playbook.

In their comments, terms such as "white supremacist" and "extremist" are casually applied to anyone who does not see the issues exactly as they see them. This type of behavior is despicable. Dialogue and discussion are derailed. There is no benefit if we eliminate "systems of oppression" only to replace them with a system of repression. Yet that is where we seem to be headed and that is an abhorrent thought.

Maureen Kleinman

Oak Park

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Monica Sheehan  

Posted: November 6th, 2019 6:49 PM

Maureen, Thanks for highlighting this disturbing trend. I watched the October 21 village meeting from home and was alarmed at the bullying mob mentality that permeated many in the audience, including its jeering of one resident who spoke of the need for he and his family to move out of Oak Park. The mob action marked the lowest point in local government since I moved here nearly two decades ago. It's time for a return to civil discourse in this community. Oak Park touts its diversity. It should include diversity of thought and diversity of opinion. Furthermore, should any elected official or paid employee of the village or any of our other taxing bodies encourage or condone uncivil discourse, in speech, print, post or tweet, the action should be just cause for immediate resignation or firing.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 4th, 2019 3:52 PM

That is why, Mikhail, we got to show up at Village Board meetings to counter the "crowd" and their hectoring, self righteous, "know it all", delusional idiocies. .

Mikhail Ivanov  

Posted: November 4th, 2019 12:03 PM

Agree with your comment completely. If the "crowd" shows up and bullies the Board into funding the OPRHC despite not keeping their commitments, then all accountability for actual change and actual equity has been destroyed. The Village will have descended into "mob rule" and repression.

Christine Vernon  

Posted: November 3rd, 2019 7:21 AM

Excellent and true comments, Maureen.

Corey Gimbel from Oak Park  

Posted: November 3rd, 2019 3:42 AM

Wait until Monday's Baord meeting when, if they follow her instructions, Arti's army will show up to hoot and holler about how the Mayor and Trustees are mistreating the Oak Park Regional Housing Center by withholding $$$ until they comply with the terms of their agreement with the VOP.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 4:44 PM

Tom. People get what they vote for. And if you don't vote, then that's what you (we) get. Perhaps being "taken over" is what it will take to arouse most folks from their profound apathy. But who knows? We'll soon find out.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 6:35 AM

Absolutely. And on Facebook a mini swarm of comments by counterfeit people, comes out to attack anything not agreeing with the activists. Fake names with profiles having nothing but political memes on them, make it sure seem like a small handful of people, with multiple fake profiles going, want to dominate every Facebook conversation in town. If everyone in town voted it would be different, but instead we are at risk of being taken over by about three thousand people in a town of 50,000.

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