Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …Read More
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to name a high school planned for the North Side in honor of President Barack Obama may keep the president’s name out of a nasty re-election campaign. But it won’t stop the mayor’s opponents from using the issue as part of the “tale of two cities” narrative that has grown since Emanuel’s was elected in 2011.
Whether local police brutality accusations are a reflection of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., that some have dubbed the “Ferguson Effect,” or something else, African-Americans are claiming with increased urgency that police are shooting “unarmed” or “compliant” suspects.
Adrian Peterson, who acknowledged his father whooped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. According to Peterson, he disciplined his son for fighting by getting a branch from a tree, pulling off the leaves, and striking the child on his legs, arms and behind. That’s a whooping all right.
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The tragic fire that killed four children last week in Roseland is a bitter reminder that the city can’t always protect us from negligent landlords. Eri’ana Smith, 7; Shamarion Coleman, 12; Carlvon Clark, 13, and Carliysia Clark, 15, may have died because there were no working smoke detectors in the second floor apartment where they lived. But there were smoke detectors in the hallway.
There were two things I knew for certain about my late father. He was going to root for the underdog. And he was going to vote Democratic. The Democrats are for the working class, and the Republicans are for the wealthy, he would say whenever …
A video of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice punching his then fiancée so hard that he knocks her unconscious repulses us — as it should. But the N.F.L.’s handling of this domestic violence incident is likely to do a lot more harm to this family than the punch.
The way Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted publicly to misconduct allegations against Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans shows he doesn’t have a clue about what it will take to rebuild trust between cops and the black community.
Everyone loves a Cinderella story. And the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars was the greatest Cinderella story this town has seen since the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup last year. On Wednesday, Dick’s Sporting Goods South Loop store presented the national Little League champs with an oversized check for $164,481.
MARY MITCHELL: Marlon Horton, 28, was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer. Jarrod Horton, the deceased man’s older brother, called the shooting “barbaric” and “cold-blooded murder.”
On the street, grown-ups danced like excited children, and tiny tots stood tall, proudly holding up signs congratulating the U.S. Little League champions.
MARY MITCHELL: This year’s U.S. Little League champions, who are being treated like rock stars, are as smart as they are athletic, and as respectful as they are talented. Every time the team ran out on the field, I wanted to hold up a sign that read: “I am JRW.”
Thank you, Jackie Robinson West for giving Chicago a summer to remember. We didn’t know it, but we desperately needed to put our minds on something other than the daily bombardment of death and mayhem. And for 14 days, you gave us the opportunity to celebrate the innocence of youth.
WILLIAMSPORT — There’s nothing like a barbecue to put family at ease. And that’s exactly what the Jackie Robinson West team and their parents did on Saturday as they prepared for the biggest game of their lives.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Jackie Robinson West Little League team from the South Side showed the world how revenge is meted out: Not with fists or the barrel of a gun, but by being the best. On Saturday, the team — representing the Great …
Their names and faces are etched in our minds: Blair Holt; Hadiya Pendleton; Endia Martin; Shamiya Adams; Heaven Sutton; Tanaja Stokes; Starkesia Reed; Tsarina Powell; Jonylah Watkins. This time a 9-year-old is dead — shot multiple times in the backyard of an apartment building in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. The preteen is now a number in a staggering tally of innocent children killed on the streets of Chicago.
If we do not learn from our mistakes, history repeats itself. Most of us have experienced this universal law in our personal lives. So why is it so hard for us to accept that principal when it comes to America’s racist past? Nearly a half-century ago, American saw Watts erupt in flames because of a policing incident.
As much as I wanted to be in the stands for a Jackie Robinson West win Sunday, it didn’t happen. Chicago’s team was subjected to the same thrashing it gave the Lynwood Pacific team last Thursday.
You don’t realize how big the Little League World Series is until you see the small town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Here, far from Chicago’s segregated South Side, you see how ironic it is to have an all-black Little League team play in Williamsport when Jackie Robinson left the Negro leagues to integrate Major League Baseball 67 years ago.
The late Joseph Haley founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971. Today, Jackie Robinson West has developed a reputation for being an exceptional league.
Parents of all 13 players on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will have the opportunity to see their sons play in the Little League World Series thanks to an outpouring of donations.Besides readers, businesses and little league baseball fans, four Major League Baseball players pitched in to help the families.