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The South Side

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The South Side

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THE SOUTH SIDE Natalie Y. Moore (St. Martin's Press, 2016)

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To many outsiders, the South Side of Chicago is characterized by a constant stream of violence and unrest, even garnering the nickname "Chiraq." While violence does exist, WBEZ (Chicago's NPR affiliate) reporter Natalie Moore hates that term. She says dubbing a culturally rich area a war zone ignores the real predicament in segregated neighborhoods and dismisses residents as mere anonymous "war casualties." There's so much more to the South Side than just "Chiraq"; there's community, there's history, and there's culture.

South Side native Moore writes in The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation what she calls a "story of northern racism," addressing head-on the issue that most affects the city of Chicago: segregation. Chicago is made up of neighborhoods that cling to their historical, cultural, and racial identities. While Moore believes cultural diversity is "worth celebrating," high-poverty black segregation is not. …

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