Natalie Moore discusses “THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregaton.” The Urban Network and CSRPC will co-sponsor the event.
At 57th Street Books
About the book: In “THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” born and bred Chicagoan and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore provides a contemporary snapshot of a fundamental issue facing her native city today: segregation on the South Side.
While mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted Chicago as a “world-class city,” it remains one of the most segregated cities in America. And while it would be easy to think of a city with a billion-dollar park, Michelin-rated restaurants, waterfront views, world-class shopping, and a thriving theater scene as a model for other metropolitan areas, underneath the shiny façade lurks the horrible reality of deeply-rooted and destructive racial segregation.
Throughout “THE SOUTH SIDE,” Moore shows that race—not class—determines the policies that perpetuate the city’s injustices. Shining a bright light on Chicago’s housing policies, its segregated schools (and lack of political will to integrate Chicago Public Schools), institutionalized practices that leave predominantly black neighborhoods vulnerable to crime and bad banking policies, Moore takes readers inside a system that keeps a segment of the city’s population from having a chance at the American Dream.
In “THE SOUTH SIDE,” Moore uses her skills as a conscientious reporter to showcase the lives of these those living in these underserved communities. Through intimate stories and investigative research, “THE SOUTH SIDE” highlights the impact of Chicago’s historic segregation – and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Great Migration, “THE SOUTH SIDE” shows that until segregation is eradicated, there will always be racial inequity. I look forward to discussing this book with you in the weeks to come.
About the author: Natalie Moore is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR–member station. Before joining WBEZ, she covered Detroit’s City Council for Detroit News. She worked as an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Chicago.
About The Urban Network: The UChicago Urban Network is an intellectual hub for faculty, students, policymakers, and others interested in the university’s urban research.
Through its portifolio of programs, co-sponsorship of events, and network of scholars, the Urban Network fosters innovation, cultivates scholarship, builds cross-disciplinary connections, and shines a spotlight on the urban research happening at UChicago.
About CSRPC: The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture was established in 1994 under the direction of Professor Michael Dawson. From its inception, faculty, students, and staff who have been involved with the Center have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. Scholars affiliated with the Center have also endeavored to make race and ethnicity central topics of intellectual investigation at the University of Chicago by fostering interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public debate among students and faculty. Fundamentally, the Center is committed to producing engaged scholarship that rejects the false dichotomy between rigorous intellectual work and community activism.