Apr 2, 2012
Over the weekend of March 17th, 10 people were killed in Chicago. One of them was a six-year-old girl, Aliyah Shell, shot by two teenagers while she sat with her mother and sister on her own front porch. Another 39 people were wounded by shootings during the same weekend.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy promise to crack down on the gangs they blame for the killings. We’ve been hearing this line for decades. Hypocrites like Mayor Emanuel destroy education and job prospects for the poor, then pretend to act outraged when this results in violence. They have no solution but to lock up more young people. This cuts them off from any chance of getting a decent job by giving them a criminal record, and adds to the cycle of violence.
These killings are one more mark of the sickness of this society, which provides no future for millions of young people.
If the top priority of this country was a decent-paying job for everyone, a decent education, and access to affordable health care for everyone, just think what a dent that would make in the cycle of violence.