Editorial: A flap over racial-equity training and a costly burrito. Strange week for Hinsdale. – Chicago Tribune – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Jan 27, 2022 4:46 PM

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A volunteer organizes bags of produce and grocery items on shelves at the Lakeview Pantry Jan. 24, 2022, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.

A volunteer organizes bags of produce and grocery items on shelves at the Lakeview Pantry Jan. 24, 2022, in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. (Raquel Zaldivar / Chicago Tribune)

The quiet Chicago suburb of Hinsdale has had an unanticipated and unpleasant few days in the spotlight as a plan for racial-equity training dissolved into avoidable acrimony and a New York Times story about a Hinsdale man fighting the rising cost of a burrito at Chipotle was seized upon by social media activists as indicative of American blindspots over who really feels the brunt of food costs.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin threatened to invade Ukraine.

We point this out as a reminder that the current American obsession with internal racial and class division often means our attention is not always falling as expeditiously as it should on geopolitical threats


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