Sun-Times front-pager, dominating it, is about former heavyweight champ Ernie Terrell bailing out of Roseland.
“You can’t live here and be safe anymore,” Terrell said. “Me and my wife, I guess we gotta get outta here.”
Case of black flight succeeding the much more publicized white variety of 40 years ago. Leave it to the writer, who in his lede says:
Do you know who lives on this block? Ernie Terrell. The heavyweight champion. Right there in that bungalow.
That’s the pitch a Roseland Realtor would give house hunters checking out the 11100 block of Parnell in the early ’70s — back when white people couldn’t flee to the suburbs fast enough. [italics added]
White people fleeing, we know about that, having heard it often enough. But blacks were moving into Roseland then, en masse.
were the first black family on the block. In just a few years, the entire neighborhood went from an enclave of Dutch and Italian families to 99 percent black folks.
Whites flee, blacks “move in.” Whoa. Blacks were fleeing too, as Terrell is fleeing now. Thus it has ever been.