The people in the neighborhoods of Englewood, South Shore, Chatham, and Auburn Gresham among others in the city, have been begging for help for decades. Long before White liberals decided that something is wrong with the city.
These people continue to be ignored because of race and lack of political clout. Things started to turn in these neighborhoods when the powers that be, who run things at city hall, decided that public housing was in the way of gentrification. The people who were moved out of the projects and put into the neighborhoods, under the guise “mixed income housing,” weren't prepared for life after the projects.
When the so called liberals were telling us to donate money to causes halfway around the world such as Kony 2012, there were people already sounding the alarm at the gate.
For all of you think you live in a crime infested city let me tell you, the city isn’t as bad as it was in the 80’s. A sportswriter who was around back then, described Chicago as a “blood bath.” Of course, the city has some problems but to say that we live in a warzone or nickname Chicago “Chiraq,” is an ignorant thing to say. As bad as things have gotten, there is no suicide bombings and no one has been killed for their religious beliefs. So stop saying that term.
As someone who has lost friends and family members to violence, that term is highly insensitive. Violence is not a badge of honor and it’s not “cool.”
Any white person who wears a "CHIRAQ" SNAPBACK SHOULD GET HIS OR HER Wig PUSHED All the way back.
— Ted Bawno (@tedbawno) September 21, 2013
A 1998 article written in the Chicago Tribune said this:
Since 1965, Chicago averaged 768 murders each year. In 1988, the number dropped to 660, but then rose steadily until it reached 940 in 1992, second only to the total in 1974, when 970 were slain. That 1992 figure was even more distressing because, in 1974, the population of the city was significantly larger.
Recent numbers released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation says that 500 murders were committed in Chicago during 2012. The FBI even released a statement on how the public should perceive the numbers:
Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use the figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.
Maybe running to Facebook and Twitter saying that you live in the most violent city in America was an idea that was premature.
What did you think was going to happen when these kids had their schools taken away by the Chicago School Board and Mayor Rahm Emanuel? When the schools go, so does the after-school programs. Don’t forget about the mental health clinics that were closed this year. Remember how you saw those people carrying on and you changed the channel?? The chickens have come home to roost as they say.
My fellow “The Wire” fanatics might remember this exchange below from the fifth and final season. It best explains America’s slow march to giving a shit:
McNulty: “The guy leaves two dozen bodies scattered all over the city and no one gives a fuck.”
Freamon: “It’s cause of who he dropped.”
Bunk: “True that. You can go a long way in this country killing black folk. Young males, especially. Misdemeanor homicides.”
McNulty: “If Marlo was killing white women…”
Freamon: “White children.”
McNulty: “One white ex-cheerleader tourist missing in Aruba.”
Bunk: “Trouble is, this ain’t Aruba, bitch.”
When white kids began to get shot, was around the same time people around here started to realize that an epidemic was taking place.
A take from a concerned citizen says it best:
What does it tell you that the only people in Chicago pissy about the label of being the murder capital are white liberals who don't even live in bad neighborhoods? Start off at white guilt boulevard, make left at gentrification street, and stop when go get to property value lane.
If you don’t like what I’ve said thus far, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you ever lost someone to violence?
- Have you seen someone get shot before?
- Have you ever been to the neighborhoods where the violence is happening?
- Has anyone ever thrown gang signs up at you? (I can answer yes to the all of the questions)
When will the police, politicians and the talking heads at the cable news networks figure it out? The one thing that could stop some of the violence is developing a concerted effort to make sure the people in these areas are gainfully employed. Having a job can change a person’s entire outlook on life. No one grows up saying “I want to rob and kill people.”
The people in these communities aren’t as criminally inherent as some of you may think.
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