Jeanette Taylor, a hunger striker seeking to press Chicago Public Schools to establish an academy at the closed Dyett High School, is taken away by paramedics after falling ill on Aug. 26, 2015, after speaking at a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Tribune has the most amazing stable of screwed-up journalists around.
This is not a newspaper.
This is group therapy that we all can listen in on.
Two weeks ago it was Kristen McQueary and her dreams of a major disaster like Hurricane Katrina hitting Chicago so we could get a New Orleans style school reform.
Her op-ed piece included what some thought were some very Freudian images of water gushing through manhole covers.
So, Kristen. How did that make you feel?
Columnist Eric Zorn was obviously feeling jealous. Up until the Trib hired McQueary, Zorn was the weirdest Trib writer in their stable of head cases.
Hunger striking is a form of hostage taking, albeit one in which the captors and the hostages are the same people.
Should we negotiate with hostage takers? Only when it’s literally a matter of life and death.
The captors and the hostages are the same people!
Should we negotiate with hostage takers, Zorn ponders.
But they are the captives! Or the hostages? Or the captives?
Negotiate about what, Eric?
The hunger strikers are asking for a neighborhood high school in an African American neighborhood where there is none.
Eric thinks we should wait until someone dies first?
His column is titled, “When to pay attention to hunger strikers.”
Not yet, Eric. Nobody has died.