The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Chicago as the New Mississippi

Sep 30, 2013

After a gunman shot and wounded 13 people with an AK-47 in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent McCarthy feigned outrage. Emanuel said, “For a city to have a sense of civility, a sense of community, it must live by a moral code.” Emanuel then had the nerve to invoke the children who are often victims of gun violence in Chicago.

How dare he! This is the same mayor who has gutted schools for working class children, destroying their futures, destroying their hope, and laying the foundation for more violence. He is the one without a moral code or sense of community!

Police Superintendent McCarthy called the reaction to the shooting “hysteria.” McCarthy bragged, “We’ve got the lowest murder rate in the city since 1965.” That may be true–but McCarthy is using that statistic to lie. Murders are down overall, because they’re down in the mostly North Side neighborhoods that have been taken over by mostly white, middle class and wealthy people. Violence is concentrated in the poor neighborhoods, the black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides of this extremely segregated city. But McCarthy and Emanuel don’t care at all about that!

Emanuel and McCarthy are no better than the old segregationists of the Jim Crow South. Don’t be “hysterical.” As long as you’re rich and white, and stay in your middle class, North Side neighborhood, you’re safe!