(PresidentialInsider.com)- President Barack Obama is facing a fresh controversy.
After partying until dawn at his Martha’s Vineyard mansion on his birthday, and reportedly causing a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region in the following weeks, Obama has announced that his $500 million presidential library is set to go ahead and will be built in Chicago.
The former president and his wife, Michelle Obama, broke ground on the project in Jackson Park on Tuesday.
Critics of the controversial former president have said that the decision to build the library in the historic park will only serve to destroy the park and even “gentrify” south Chicago.
If you’re unfamiliar with “gentrification,” the term refers to the process of investing in an area that is either rife with crime or poverty or is considered a “Black” area. When gentrification occurs, it sees undesirable parts of town suddenly become desirable. It creates jobs and boosts economic activity, but is often considered “racist” when it improves Black parts of town.
No, it doesn’t make any sense, but what makes sense anymore?
Obama responded to news that the decision to build the library in the park was causing a backlash, claiming that it will “speak to some of the most central struggles of our time” and that it will help promote unity for the city during a “moment of rapid disruption in technology, in the global economy, in our social arrangements, and in our environment.”
But no matter Obama’s excuses, the case is being taken all the way to the Supreme Court.
Advocacy organization “Protect Our Parks” opposes the building of the library and has argued that it breaks environmental laws. The organization also opposes the demolition of “historical resources, parkland and trees” in the area.
We’ll report back on that case when it arrives before the court.
In the meantime, let’s hope too much destruction doesn’t occur in this historic park.