In Chicago and the suburbs, a quarter of a million black and Latino children go to schools where more than 90 percent of students come from their same race. For our ongoing series on race, reporter Linda Lutton talked to seniors who just graduated from some of these schools.
Poet Samuel Carroll was a 17-year-old junior at Lincoln Park High School when he competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2011 as a member of team Youmedia Chicago. In his piece, Forgotten, Samuel addresses the stereotypes solidified in people’s minds about Native Americans and speaks directly to those assuming incorectly about his heritage.
Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies, history, gender, and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaks about W. J. T. Mitchell's new book, Seeing Through Race, and issues of race, "post-race," and racism.
Elgin, like many other Chicago suburbs, saw huge demographic changes the last twenty years. But you would never be able to tell that nearly half of the city is now Latino if you look at who's working in the local government.
Each week we're following up with another character from Studs Terkel's 1992 oral history, "Race." This week we feature Salim Muwakkil, journalist and author, talking about Black Nationalism, Louis Farrakhan and why he has had to temper his expectations of President Obama.