(Patriot.Buzz) – In a progressive initiative aimed at advancing racial-based policies, the city of Chicago, under the leadership of Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson, is urging municipal authorities to reduce the number of parking tickets issued to black residents. This move is part of a broader strategy to address racial disparities and promote equity within the community.
Central to this endeavor is the establishment of a “Racial Equity Office” by the city. This office advocates a philosophy that challenges traditional notions of urgency, which it views as a component of white supremacist culture. One of the tangible outcomes of this office’s work is a directive to city police to decrease the number of parking tickets given to black residents.
Expressing his views on the issue, Johnson stated, “Chicago has a long history of racial disparities and social inequities, especially on the South and West Sides. As a longtime resident of Chicago’s West Side, I see the devastating impact systemic inequality can have on a neighborhood and its residents.”
He emphasized the importance of acknowledging past injustices and consistently including those most affected by inequality in policy and decision-making processes. “Demonstrating proper accountability towards people and the outcomes we are committing to is vital,” he added, expressing confidence in the lasting impact of these initiatives.
The city’s “racial equity report” outlines specific goals for the Department of Finance, including a plan to reduce average fine amounts in predominantly black and brown neighborhoods by 2.5% and decrease the percentage of vehicles immobilized in these areas by 5%. This objective is listed as “complete” in the report.
Moreover, the report highlights a reduction in the proportion of tickets issued in majority black and brown communities, from 15.3% in 2020 to 14.9% in 2021 and further to 13.9% in 2022. This indicates a concerted effort towards achieving the set targets.
The Office of Racial Equity has also taken steps to educate and inform the public by creating a page on the city’s website titled the “Equity Learning Kit.” This resource offers reading material for employers, educators, parents, and young children, addressing various aspects of racial equity.
Additionally, the city provides a link for employers that delves into the concept of “White Supremacy Culture,” shedding light on its various manifestations, including perfectionism, urgency, defensiveness, worship of the written word, objectivity, and individualism.