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Beyond Talks: Shame of Chicago

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811 W. Fulton Market

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Chicago , IL 60607

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Screening of “The Color Tax,” a newly completed episode of the documentary series Shame of Chicago, followed by a panel discussion

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How did so many of Chicago’s Black communities fall into disrepair while surrounding white areas created middle class wealth that continues to compound today? As developers, landlords, lawyers, financiers, philanthropists, and organizers, what is the real story we enter into?

Join Chicago Beyond for the screening of "The Color Tax," a 40-minute documentary that offers penetrating insight into the modern day racial wealth gap. Find out how, exactly, hard-earned savings were drained from Chicago’s Black families who sought the dream of homeownership during the 1950s and 60s and what the lasting consequences have been. The film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Bruce Orenstein, and scholars and organizers to explore how understanding Chicago’s past is key to making good decisions today.

The team at Chicago Beyond looks forward to calling you in to contemplation, conversation, and the making of new connections through this event. Please RSVP if you plan to attend as space is limited.

More about the film: The racially transitioning neighborhoods of Englewood, Garfield Park, Lawndale, and Austin were among Chicago’s South and West Side communities hit hardest by the widespread practice of predatory home purchase installment contracts—what Ta-Nehisi Coates describes in the film as “the plunder” of Chicago’s Black communities. The film premiered recently at the Federal Reserve Bank to an overflow audience of civic leaders, economists, scholars, and community organizers. “Powerful” was the prevalent response to an essential, yet little-known history of Chicago and of America’s cities.

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