Chicago isn’t the most violent city in America, begins the Ebony article.
That’s important to remember and important as well to help put into context what needs to be done, what needs to be understood and what needs to be told.
Chicago isn’t the most violent city in America, but some neighborhoods areas are.
So, if you look at the figures, you will find that there are one or two neighborhoods here where the violence, per capita, is the same as in Honduras, one of the world’s most violent places.
And as city of Chicago studies also point out, there are neighborhoods, where crime is as distant a worry as it is in the better parts of Los Angeles.
Why is this important?
Crime isn’t one of the most violent cities in the nation, but crime haunts parts of Chicago where so does poverty, unemployment and racial isolation.
Crime comes hand in hand in some of the poorest black communities with all of measures of misery and the tragic reality is that the majority of crime victims are black.
True, crimes leaks out to other parts of Chicago’s communities, and Chicago’s Latino communities suffers from many of the problems that afflict its black neighbors – gangs, drugs, unemployment, and missing or inadequate social services.
But to ignore the core of the problem is to ignore the kinds of solutions that are needed. And this is where it seems the reporting needs to be today.
Have we done a better job in covering violence here?
Yes, but the issues are deeper and more complex than measuring the decline in the statistics of mayhem.
So, Chicago is, indeed, not the most violent city in the US.
But parts of the city are and to ignore or sweep that reality aside is to let it fester and worse yet to swallow lives.
That’s what I think and I would truly appreciate hearing what we think. So, please tell me where we need to do more reporting, and where we need to focus our attention. Tell me about the reporting that you think is bringing us to solutions.
Talk to me. Steve Franklin – firstname.lastname@example.org, 312 369 6400
And here are links to other stories from Ebony on the issue, and other views as well:
this will take you to the Ebony list of stories in the series
and here’s an article comparing crime rates in the US and nations around the world.