I am seething with anger over all of this shooting.
The gun violence in this city is out of control. Scratch that---gun violence in Chicago was out of control earlier this year. Now its reached pandemic levels.
And now I'm even angrier.
Angry because of the loss of life.
Angry because I have to carefully consider travel plans and routes when running errands. My mobility is held hostage.
Angry because we seemingly have a political infrastructure that will neither allow me to legally own or carry a firearm in Chicago but won't properly staff or fund law enforcement to deal with crime's changing landscape.
Seven Deadly Sins: The Series
Teppi Jacobsen: Gluttony
Jenna Myers Karvunidis: Greed
Lyletta Robinson: Anger
Patrick O'Hara: Envy
Evan Moore: Pride
Sheila Quirke: Sloth
Crystal Alperin: Lust
Andy Frye: The Eighth Sin: Rebellion
Angry at landlords who don't perform adequate background checks or follow up on some of their tenants but will sit back and collect a subsidized housing check from the government every month while providing a place for some of these sociopaths to live.
I'm talking to you social service agencies.
I'm angry at mothers, fathers, grandma's, aunties and uncles who let their lowlife offspring (niece, nephew, grandchild) lie around the house all day with no job but they always have money---and lots of it.
There is no way that money is legal and you know it.
If you want to live with a target on your back and your home, so be it. But when their partners in crime or the police literally kick in the wrong door mistaking it for yours, that's when we have a problem.
And the loitering on the front porch? Not a good look.
I'm angry that seemingly some black folks have "drank the kool aid" and now believe that to be black, one must live their life as a corner boy from "The Wire."
I'm angry that a mixture of racism, indifference and ineptitude have stopped my fellow Chicagoans from caring about what happens to "those people" on the south and west sides.
I'm angry that these well meaning "liberals" will post "Stop KONY 2012" signs all over the city but not make one noise of protest concerning the gun violence in the city.
I guess it's easier to "help," "rally" and "organize" for black children half way around the world than ones a few miles away.
Invisible children indeed.
I'm angry that middle class black neighborhoods have been transformed into war zones seemingly overnight.
I'm angry that these thugs are such poor shots.
I'm angry that the only conflict resolution skill you need these days is at the end of a gun.
But most of all I'm angry that this song just isn't a song anymore. It's real life.
I'm beyond angry. I'm down right pissed off.
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