Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oppression within the Oak Park Village Board

From the "we can't make this stuff up" department:
Oak Park's Village Board met this week to engage in what local media refer to as "the ritual post-election re-adoption of the village's diversity statement." Trustees argued over the meaning of "systems of oppression" (apparently the modern term for police). One trustee, a privileged white female medical doctor, told two colleagues to "shut up" because white men aren't permitted to share their opinions about oppression. Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, a Palestinian immigrant, attempted to intervene; she cut him off, saying "Your skin is light enough."

Oak Park Trustee Susan Buchanan: 'You stop it, you are a white male! Your skin is light enough.', West Cook News, Oct. 12, 2019

Unhinged Trustee Shouts Down Colleagues for Weighing in on Town's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement, The Blaze, Oct. 10, 2019

Tempers Flare over Social Justice Issues, Rewriting of Diversity Statement in Oak Park, CBS 2 Chicago, Oct. 9, 2019

In Heated Debate, Oak Park Adopts Diversity Statement, Wednesday Journal, Oct. 8, 2019

Following Contentious Debate, Oak Park Board Approves New Village Diversity Statement, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 9, 2019

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