Gangs and guns don’t kill people in Chicago

Posted: 1 June 2016 in Uncategorized
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Sure, there are lots of gangs. And, it’s true, most homicides in Chicago, where a person is shot every 2 and a half minutes and murdered every 14 hours, are from gunshots.

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But, in the City of Neighborhoods, not everyone is affected equally by gangs and guns. In fact, as the New York Times explains,

Whether exacerbated by gangs or guns. . .Chicago’s killings are happening on familiar turf: Its poor, extremely segregated neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.

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Those segregated neighborhoods also happen to be where rates of unemployment and poverty are highest.

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The more or less inevitable result of creating and perpetuating an urban economy characterized by high rates of unemployment and poverty, in which racial and ethnic minorities are forced to endure much higher rates of unemployment and poverty and are then segregated into a few neighborhoods, is the fact that “the South and West Sides are on par with the world’s most dangerous countries, like Brazil and Venezuela, and have been for many years.”

Thus far in 2016, 1530 Chicagoans have been shot, of whom 1299 have been wounded and 231 have been killed.

And, while on the surface they’ve been assaulted by gangs and guns, too many Chicagoans have actually been wounded or killed by a City of Unequally Unemployed and Impoverished Segregated Neighborhoods.

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