Indeed, the story of #JRW should help shine a light on the elements of diversity that exist “out south.” If we leave it up to most media, the kids can and will be seen as a cultural aberration, they should be just the start of bigger and better things.
As I’ve written before, the South Side is a much more diverse place than people give it credit for. This is true both in the ethnic sense – you can find Asian, Hispanic, white, black, and, yes, integratedneighborhoodsthere – and in the sense that for each of these ethnic categories, there’s a range of economic conditions.
Pete Saunders has a nice post reminding people of this second fact, by pointing out that the kids on the Jackie Robinson Little League team (and US champions, by the by) mostly come from neighborhoods that don’t actually fit the storyline some media outlets have chosen to put on them. That is, they did not all emerge from broken homes, dodging bullets as they cut through trash-strewn lots to the baseball diamond, which was the one outlet they had to seek relief from their impoverished ghetto.
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