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Column wrongly protrays Chicago neighborhood

Dave Watt G's recent column ["Campus crime deserves greater attention by CPs," Dec. 7] described the University of Chicago as "nestled in the heart of Chicago's dangerous South Side." The neighborhood, Hyde Park, in which the University of Chicago is located is considered one of the ideal integrated neighborhoods in the nation, racially and religiously.

Possibly Watt was referring to the fact that further south there are ghettos, but he obviously does not know Chicago too well because the most dangerous area is probably Cabrenie Greene, which is located west of the Gold Coast -- the wealthiest part of the city.

I grew up in Hyde Park, which I consider a great community, and am tired of people's insistence that it is "dangerous." I think this label has been placed on the community because black and white people live there -- I have too often been asked, "Do you live by black people?" When I answer, "Yeah, does that make a difference?" or "Yeah, are you threatened by that?" people quickly respond, "I was just wondering, not that I'm racist or anything."

I guess this is a form of passive racism in which racist people avoid discussing their feelings to avoid confrontation. The result, though, is that racism continues even if people are not as vocal as in the past.

Julie Pokorny '91->