Native People of North America
In my neighborhood, in Chicago there is a Native American Center. When I have time I join to their activities. I respect them quite a lot. In this highly technological society they were able to keep their music,
dance, culture and customs.
Also there is a Latin American Center called Centro Romero dedicated to the bishop killed by Salvadorian Military junta and by their death squads. (It was a Pro USA Junta I have to add). They are quite busy to protect and help Latin American Natives
Part of the neighborhood is occupied by rich yuppies and close to them, there are poor black and Latino families living very close to each other. They are trying to protect their neighborhood and homes
The taxes are becoming unaffordable, as result of the newcomers they are forced to move out.
I like my neighborhood as if it is a mirror of the whole society.
I had friends coming from sterile suburbs that, they have never seen Indian or even a black person. One of the painter friends of mine mentioned many times that he envies me quite a lot. But it seems he doesn’t have enough courage to join me.
I consider myself lucky and enjoy every bit of cultural difference and wonderful ethnic restaurants. I forgot to add Swedish Andersonville and Japanese Center and Buddhist Temple and yearly Buddhist Fest.
This is Edgewater Chicago.
In summers I visit my extended family in Turkey, where I gain another perspective to observe the world from a Muslim country.
Many different ethnic minorities of Edgewater all have their own festivals and gatherings. This gives me depth of understanding, enjoying the rich diversity but at the same time I have to confront racism and prejudice applied to these communities who are already suffered discrimination and racism, or even genocide. Like Native Americans and Guatemalan refugees. Nearby Truman College have students from Darfur.
Native Americans are angry that University of Illinois use their image as a college football team mascot and dance with a comical
style, during football match openings, and they sell their symbol at the team gift shops.
They are right to be angry and protest to this act, especially organized by reputable college students, to University of Illinois administration and its “Chief Illinwek” mascot.