The beautiful city I call home is known for many great things, such as pizza, sports, and the amazing skyline. Unfortunately, Chicago is on the news for the wrong reasons. The violence in Chicago has been a hot topic this week because of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq movie trailer and the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. According to the Chicago Tribune, there were 435 homicides last year. This year there has been 421.
There isn’t a clear solution for fixing the violence in Chicago, but there are things in common in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods.
The chart above shows some statistics in some of Chicago’s worst neighborhood’s. Notice households living below the poverty level are more than double the average.
Here are the same statistics for the safest neighborhoods in Chicago. The poverty level is less than half in these neighborhoods.
The reason there is violence in certain neighborhoods is there is no economic opportunity. People in the violent neighborhoods live below poverty level. Unemployed people turn to selling drugs and joining a gang to make money. Young teenage boys don’t know any better. They don’t have much to their name living in awful conditions the idea of making money is a no-brainer for them. Little do they know they are just foot soldiers for the leaders of the gang that makes the real money. The gangs fight for more turf so they can sell their products, this causes the violence in the city.
We need the politicians in Chicago to give those people are an opportunity to make a living. We need more school funding in low-income schools, so kids can stay in school and have a better future. We need to create jobs in low-income neighborhoods so teenage kids and adults can get jobs. If people are working and making money there is no need for them to join a gang, and make money selling drugs.
Of course, this will not end the violence forever. This is just a suggestion on how to help the situation in Chicago. People in low-income neighborhoods do not the opportunity to succeed. All people need is a chance to succeed and I can guarantee Chicago will be a safer city. If the politicians worry about the violence in the city then it’s time for them to do their part.