Let me see if I have this right.
A landlord that doesn't perform proper tenant screening.
Questionable characters coming and going at all hours, stirring up a ruckus.
Quality of life going down the shitter.
Pissed off neighbors making frequent calls to the police.
And those very same neighbors afraid to give their names to the press for "fear of retaliation."
Yep, all of that sounds incredibly familiar.
Rapper Chief Keef's, antics in suburban Northfield have certainly garnered a great deal of attention since he moved into the area.
What the future may hold for him, his entourage and his neighbors is certainly anyone's guess.
Yet during a Chicago Tribune interview with his suburban neighbors, one thing stood out---no one wanted to go on record with their comments about his actions.
Not one neighbor.
You see ladies and gentlemen, the Chief's residence in Northfield is a learning opportunity on what it's like to live by a person (or persons) where the perception---and in some cases, reality---of violence is very real.
Or at least so real you don't feel comfortable being quoted in a newspaper.
While the Chief's stay in Northfield may be a one off, his presence and his behavior are very real to his immediate neighbors.
Taking all of this into consideration, I hope that the good people of Northfield will be a touch more understanding when they see a report of another shooting along with reports of non-cooperation by bystanders and the community.
Despite the fact that Keef's neighbor's complaints will be vigorously investigated by the police; in the back of their minds they are still concerned about what will happen if they are quoted.
Imagine how a resident of crime ridden neighborhood in Chicago feels?
They may not know who to trust. The wrong word to a friend of neighbor could mean real trouble. A slip of the tongue by a police officer or a detective will most certainly mean trouble.
And when I say trouble, I mean the bad person (or people) and their friends may come to your home and discuss the fact that you're going to provide damning testimony against them in the trail.
Make no mistake, the police will be nowhere around to protect you.
A criminal court process is a lengthy affair. Witnesses to serious crimes have been known to disappear.
Doing the right thing and taking back a neighborhood sounds like common sense when you have the luxury of a responsive and involved police force in a low crime community. The trick is---as our friends in Northfield are finding out---addressing the problem without putting you or yours in danger.
Not so easy is it?
I love that Chief Keef is catalyst for this conversation. Frankly speaking I can't wait to see what he does next and how the good folks in his 'hood handle it.
Maybe the next time someone opens their mouth about what people in "those neighborhoods should do," perhaps residents from a certain neighborhood (or do they call them subdivisions out in the 'burbs?) in a certain town will be a little less judgmental.
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