J. Howard Rosier

  • politics May 23, 2019

    Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson

    Years ago, I was shopping for a dinner party with my roommate. Our Chicago neighborhood—white ethnic and racist turned gentrified—hadn’t flipped enough to produce a decent seafood counter, so we found ourselves at the Jewel-Osco on Canal, blocks away from Maxwell Street. Witnessing this odd duo (me, black and from the south suburbs; my friend, first-generation Polish from the northwest suburbs), the clerk eyed us from behind the counter. Wrapping up our order in plastic, he asked, “So, where are you from?”

    My roommate began to tell his life story, but I sensed something sinister in the clerk’s