Chicago isnt perfect, and I am no lightfoot fan. However, she’s right about Trump - and others- using the City as a political punching bag.
I would imagine that few people chiming in actually live in Chicago and have long-term, recent experience in dealing with this City…or even work in sectors which specifically deal with social problems as a profession.
In fact, it’s amusing that MAGA minds call media “fake” when reports don’t suit their fancy on certain topics, but nevertheless rely the media to inform them on Chicago.
I’ved lived in Chicago since 2002 after having lived in Florida. I’ve worked in “hoods” the majority of that time as a nonprofit leader. I’ve done my part to help address a lot of social problems. I’ve help start and support initiatives (nonprofits and schools) which have done great work to address problems. I’ve also seen “problems” which can’t be readily addressed without a new paradigm. So while I understand it is easy to critique Chicago, I also know that much of the critique comes from people who have an opinion skewed by their own interpretation of things or the propaganda of right-wing media.
Chicago violence has nothing to do with democratic leadership. There are problems with this leadership, but that’s an issue with leadership as a whole as is the case nationwide.
Chicago is a major urban area with long-term systemic shit which contributes to the gun violence. Most of the negativity is localized to specific neighborhoods where there is high population, high poverty, and high economic inequality. As noted in a 2019 report published by the UN, these are textbook conditions associated with high homicide rates world wide. People who think systemically beyond a MAGA mindset can see what’s going on. It’s not a partisan issue in the slightest.
Hey, lifelong Chicagoan here, your assertion that most of the shootings are isolated to a few neighborhoods was the case for years, but now that we have tied the hands of police it has spread to all neighborhoods.
Liberal policies have stopped Law Enforcement’s ability to police their assigned neighborhoods. If their gut instinct says hey that guy looks realllllly out of place and he is staring at joggers etc and wants to stop and search him do you know what happens? If a cop stops someone he has to fill out a 120 question form about why he stopped them. That is reviewed by a board and if they deem his stop racially motivated he is suspended without pay. Although I understand the reason for this the result is cops aren’t policing as much.
Another factor is other crime like shoplifting. Our State’s Attorney Kim Foxx changes the amount for a felony from $300 to $1000. As a result groups are ransacking stores. I have a friend with a security company that does many big name stores downtown. They aren’t allowed to touch anyone, just be a presence.
Policies like these and leadership that want to keep police from policing is what got us here and will continue to get us to worse places. No, I don’t want Judge Dredd rules, but it doesn’t take a genius to see where these rules are getting us.