Just Leave Us Alone

How many White neighborhoods are in the top 10 neighborhoods in Chicago with the most BIKE tickets? B***h you guessed it….ZERO!! Lol….how is this even possible?! Divvy’s website doesn’t even promote Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Lawndale, Chicago Lawn, West Englewood, Roseland, West Garfield Park, New City or South Chicago (most ticketed areas) on their website as “popular riding” locations. Yet, 7 Black neighborhoods and 3 Brown neighborhoods are the most ticketed areas in the city.

A working definition for reparations is payment of a debt when you have done something wrong. At what point will society begin to repay Black and Brown people for plundering their existence. I mean we can’t even ride our bikes through our dilapidated and depleted neighborhoods, without being ticketed for not riding in the invisible bike lanes, that should be outlined over and around the kiddy pool sized pot holes that fill our streets.

Something wrong is (still) being done in Flint, something wrong is being done in D.C. but as usual, problems in Black/Brown communities are being treated as TENSIONS to manage and not PROBLEMS to solve. #WhiteLivesMatterMost

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