[Read Epub] ⚓ Friends Disappear ♷ Franzbielmeier.de

As an Evanstonian, it feels like Barr hits the nail on the head She really captures one of the central tensions of a racially mixed, but segregated suburb Tragically, much of her description of the education system in Evanston hasn t changed since the 1970s There were moments where her paragraphs seemed scattered and her argument was un nuanced, but, on the whole, a good book. [Read Epub] ☥ Friends Disappear ♶ Mary Barr Thinks A Lot About The Old Photograph Hanging On Her Refrigerator Door In It, She And A Dozen Or So Of Her Friends From The Chicago Suburb Of Evanston Sit On A Porch It S , The Summer After They Graduated From Nichols Middle School, And What Strikes Her Immediately Aside From The Soul Train Era Clothes Is The Diversity Of The Group Boys And Girls, Black And White, In The Variety Of Poses You D Expect From A Bunch Of Friends On The Verge Of High School But The Photo Also Speaks To The History Of Evanston, To Integration, And To The Ways That Those In The Picture Experienced And Remembered Growing Up In A Place That Many At That Time Considered To Be A Racial Utopia In Friends Disappear Barr Goes Back To Her Old Neighborhood And Pieces Together A History Of Evanston With A Particular Emphasis On Its Neighborhoods, Its Schools, And Its Work Life She Finds That There Is A Detrimental Myth Of Integration Surrounding Evanston Despite Bountiful Evidence Of Actual Segregation, Both In The Archives And From The Life Stories Of Her Subjects Curiously, The City S Own Desegregation Plan Is Partly To Blame The Initiative Called For The Redistribution Of Students From An All Black Elementary School To Institutions Situated In White Neighborhoods That, However, Required Busing, And Between The Tensions It Generated And Obvious Markers Of Class Difference, The Racial Divide, Far From Being Closed, Was Widened Friends Disappear Highlights How Racial Divides Limited The Life Chances Of Blacks While Providing Opportunities For Whites, And Offers An Insider S Perspective On The Social Practices That Doled Out Benefits And Penalties Based On Race Despite Attempts To Integrate An excellent deconstruction of the mythology around Evanston and towns like it the idea that a city in 20th century America has achieved racial integration and equality is true in some ways, very untrue in others, complicated and contradictory all around It s a very familiar story to me, which I found to be a mixed blessing On a personal level, I relate to the photo that inspired the book a front porch covered in kids of different colors well, black boys and white girls and she ll tell you the reason for that particular breakdown , hanging out together like kids do, the couples holding hands like they ll be together forever On the East coast and 25 years later, similar photos were taken of me and my friends, and like those Evanston kids we were conscious that living in such a racially mixed area was a little bit special and different That mythology of we live in a good Northern liberal area, we don t have those problems here is strong I recognize the words the white women used looking back at that photo I m glad my parents decided to raise me in a diverse place, where I got to know people from other backgrounds, etc And their realization that, years later, the people they kept in touch with and the social class they ended up in aren t anywhere near as diverse as that moment in the photo That was the real strength of the book, for me taking those personal recollections and putting them in a bigger context, relating them to her knowledge of city history and sociology The best chapters were the ones where the author relayed the details of the kids stories, the way they and the adults in their community parents, teachers, politicians viewed what was happening, which details they remember, at the time as well as looking back It s a fantastic, detailed angle on local history and how structural racism has a lifelong impact.The flip side of the story being a familiar one is that I just don t feel like I learned a whole lot from reading it As someone who s studied urban planning and as someone who reads the news about racial injustice nowI didn t find a whole lot new or eye opening here I ended up skimming a lot of the introduction and conclusion and chapters about general urban and civil rights history I get that this is a problem with reading an academic book as a non academic reader I know she has to put the interesting specifics into context and all that but it s hard to imagine many of the people picking this up in the first place needing that background or that much convincing that racial inequality has always been part of local history I also found myself asking frequently where are the maps There were so many instances of data or anecdotes that were just crying out to be represented visually as well as in writing Even one or two historic census maps with major streets and landmarks would have helped immensely, and I know the kind of data I m thinking of exists in mappable formats Recommended if you re looking for critical local history or a concrete illustration of what big abstract terms like structural racism and white privilege mean for individual lives. A very well researched look at the disparity between Black and White lives in Evanston Illinois This would be a good book to use if you are researching this subject This is a scholarly approach rather than a light read. Great book I grew up in Evanston and knew many of the characters but of course as a kid, I knew very little about what s captured in this book Oh, and to the person who said this is clearly written by a black person who doesn t like white people Get your glasses adjusted. This book is about Evanston s past and how it dealt with race, especially in the school system A dense but very informative read. Friends do indeed disappearThis book provided an amazing trip down memory lane since I knew all of the characters What was astonishing was the fact that my experience during this time were so radically different as a black child during this period The struggles for integration were very real and this book provided a context that I think is important for every Evanstonian who speaks about their reason for living in Evanston is the diversity The segregation still exists but Evanston has done a great job of creating drive by diversity Thank you Dr Barr for providing subtext for racial divisions in Evanston then and now. Very much enjoyed look at integration in Evanston not going far enough, perhaps as I m from there and it looked at students a year younger than me.