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Post-graduation: What working in my hometown after college taught me

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Apparently, penning a popular column in your hometown disqualifies you from grocery shopping in pajamas. Indeed, returning home to work in the H-F community after graduating from the University of Illinois has layered an adult lens over so much of what I observed uncritically in my adolescence.

Looking at the border, finding hope amid heartache and cruelty

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When Homewood resident and activist Emilia Oldaker saw the image of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria, drowned at the U.S.-Mexico border, she couldn’t help but to imagine the faces of those in her own Jewish family. People, that she says, know the look of fear and desperation all too well — and how its consequences can prove deadly.

Nuances of nationalism, illusion of diversity must be faced in H-F

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I was still half-asleep, and fully cursing the rising sun when national headlines of Homewood-Flossmoor High School students in blackface came across my screen. I wish I could say that the news of suburban white boys painting their faces black left me anything more than disappointed.

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