The Outer Drive would be renamed for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable under a measure endorsed by a Chicago City Council committee. | Getty
As an African-American woman and life-long Chicagoan, I think I can say that the majority of the Black community is not losing sleep on the subject of renaming Lake Shore Drive for DuSable.
Here we go again.
Chicago aldermen spending time and resources to come up with yet another questionable city ordinance that they feel is good for the residents of Chicago. Another ordinance that allows them to pat themselves on the back and feel good about being “woke.” See, they say, we’re giving the Black community what they so desperately need.
They want to change the name of Lake Shore Drive to honor Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Chicago’s first permanent non-Indigenous settler.
Ald. Jeannette Taylor (20th) says, “This is important to the Black community.” But has she taken a poll in her ward? Can she with a straight face that say her constituents contacted her because they’re desperate for this name change?
As an African-American woman and life-long Chicagoan, I think I can say that the majority of the Black community is not losing sleep on the subject of renaming LSD to honor DuSable. It it is not the issue that most concerns young and old residents of the city, no matter what ethnic group you identify with.
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Source:: Chicago Sun Times