Just in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the Great Migration, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, by native Chicagoan and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, shows that until segregation is eradicated, there will always be racial inequity. Ms. Moore provides a contemporary snapshot of a fundamental issue facing Chicago 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 facade 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 a 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 a chance at the American Dream.
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.
After her talk, Moore will be doing a book signing in the Newberry Library’s lobby. The South Side is available for purchase in the Newberry Bookstore. Your purchase of The South Side will help to support the Newberry Library, and this program’s featured author.
Natalie Y. 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.
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