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It’s a shame that residents in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago have a large park that is not being maintained by the city. Someone in the largely Latino populated neighborhood feels the only way to get the city clean and pay attention to the park is to have white people play in it.

A Reddit user posted the above photo they found during visit to the park. Clearly, someone realizes that if the park is gentrified then the city will take care of it.

“With the direction of gentrification towards that area, they’ll get their wish soon,” one person wrote in the comments section.

Kelvyn Park sits on 8.5 acres and includes a  field house, with a fitness center, auditorium, meeting rooms and a small kitchen. It also includes tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields. But is currently in disarray.

Someone find some white people fast. Just like Spike Lee said, it’s not until white people move into an area that a city wants to make the resources more viable.

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  • Avril

    People of color get it. Local,state, and federal government does not have black/brown peoples interest at heart. We’ve heard story after story that once “hipsters” ,and whatever else white people want to be called today, come into a neighborhoood it turns right around. That only happens because of money and the demand of these new neighbors. When white people cry for help, the government listens. Black and brown people are told to do more themselves or sit down and shut up. A mess

    • shybookworm

      TRUTH!

  • Jenb

    Cities cater to white needs because they have the means to make their concerns “valid.” White people are more likely to “know someone” or “donate to Mr. Joe’s campaign.” Officials don’t see any benefit in maintaining black neighborhoods, because they know that complaints from poor blacks won’t get them fired. But they know white people complaining will make them lose their jobs. Racist attitudes also cause this problem. The truth is a lot of officials don’t think blacks are WORTHY of these services.

    • shybookworm

      This, this, this!!! I’ve known this for a long time. Nothing will get people jumping to get things done than an angry white man or woman. Trust and believe when I need to put in a complaint I over-emphasize my Becky voice and 99% of the time, I get a phone call back and apologies. Same thing when I Americanize my name. If that’s not white privilege, I don’t know what is.

  • [email protected]

    It is truly a shame that people have to use these tactics in order for them to attempt to improve their park. Far too often, when many people (especially poor human beings) want to invest in their own communities for real, local & state governments are lax in their respect for the interests of black people, people of color, or poor human beings in general. They can establish other alternatives to promote their cause though like creating a mass mobilization effort, etc.

  • paintgurl40

    Maybe they should get their white friends to call and complain. Use them like they use us. That’s what I would do.