Politics & Media
Sep 03, 2009, 07:36AM

"A Mugging on Lake Street"

Noted author and former staff writer for the Chicago Reader, John Conroy, finds himself the victim of a senseless attack, forcing him to confront lingering questions about race and violence.

I was ambushed on the West Side last year, an attack that on its face made no sense. I’d never seen my assailant before; he’d never seen me; no words were exchanged; nothing was taken. Like many crime victims, I wanted the incident, which changed my life for the worse, to have some meaning. I’m white, he is black, and in time it was hard not to wonder if race had something to do with it.

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