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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Are We Angry Yet ?

I originally posted this as part of the Urban Dumplings post but wanted to separate it out

Last year I posted a series called Getting to School: A Public Safety Issue. In part 3, I looked at how Chicago handled things after that terrible '07-,08 school year in which 24 children were killed. Anger grew in the communities which, in turn, fed up to the Black leaders and churches which, in turn, fed up to the local politicians and so on until the Mayor declared a state of emergency mobilizing the schools, community groups, churches, police, politicians to work together to keep the streets safe.

An excerpt from an April 2008 Chicago Sun Times editorial:

"We can't stop trying.
The problem is guns. No, it's not about guns.
The problem is bad parents. No, we can't make bad parents good.
The problem is drugs. No, we can't stop the drugs.
The problem is jobs. No, we can't bring back the good jobs.
The problem is our schools. No, we can't ask our schools to solve all the problems that flow from broken families and broken neighborhoods.
But we can't stop trying.

In a dramatic gesture, Mayor Daley has called for a summit at City Hall today to search for solutions to the bloodbath of violence -- almost all of it involving guns -- that has swept across Chicago's neighborhoods in recent weeks.

Daley is calling in all corners of the city -- the cops, the teachers, the preachers and the parents -- to see what a determined and compassionate city can do.

A city like Chicago."

I wondered at the time when do our citizens, aboriginal leaders, politicians, police, media, schools etc. finally say enough and instead of "calling on Ottawa" and telling the press "what a shame that was", declare a state of emergency and throw the same type of resources, efforts and attention at crime as we did to a few feet of water during the flood.

A year later, another horrible weekend of crime. Most involving kids. Most involving gangs. Most involving death.

Yet, there's still no emergency.

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