How subtle language can create a culture of segregation | Chicago News


The artist and creator behind the folded card project that “Chicago Tonight” featured in 2020 expanded the Folded Map Project — add workshops, a piece and a movie.

On top of all that, she collaborated with sociologist Maria Krysan to create the “Do not leave” project – it’s a series of interviews with 30 people who confronted and ultimately fought harmful narratives on the south and west sides of Chicago.

Featured in The Don’t Go Project are:

Tiana Morganwho grew up in Englewood and became a South Side “defender” after her first day of college where she was told to avoid the South Side.

Adrianne Hawthorne, who grew up in West Dundee and took a bad outing to visit her grandparents in Beverly. She is now building bridges between people on the south side and her shop on the north side.

• Jerry Kaufman, whose seminary training and work in social justice helped him venture beyond his comfort zone in Hyde Park to hang out in Englewood.

All four join our special on WTTW segregation to talk about how subtle messages perpetuate segregation.

FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION is part of WTTW’s award-winning, multi-year multimedia initiative that focuses on the first-hand perspectives of people facing critical issues in Chicago.

Throughout 2022, WTTW’s FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION will put a human face on the impact of racial divisions on individuals, the city and our region through a documentary series, expert talks, text and visual journalism in partnership with South Side Weekly and the Invisible Institute, and community discussions and engagement in partnership with the Folded Map Project and the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Visit the website ( to explore the project.


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