Thursday, October 08, 2009

Violence in Chicago: What Does It Mean?

Violent deaths are a scourge in Chicago among school-age children, especially on the South Side, where I had once lived in my childhood (Walcott Avenue to be exact). It’s become a statistic to keep track of: the number of school-age children who are murdered, sometimes on school grounds, during a school year, which means the academic year is properly hyphenated. The punctuation gives bone to the unholy facts, but it also creates another set of suburban record-keeping to conjure with. In other words, it makes the reality more abstract, a bit easier to study as citizens.
This is an excerpt of what I've written on violence among school-age kids in Chicago, which has attracted national attention. It's published now in Religion Dispatches, in case you're interested. Many thanks.


Blogger UmmFarouq said...

I read the article and forwarded it to my dear friend in Amman, a "South-sider," born and raised, who then forwarded it to all of her folks still living in Chicago.

Thank you for your analysis--one that (sadly) may be applied to so many American cities.

I often look at the abject poverty around us in Jordan and wonder when and if the crime rate will skyrocket.

10/12/2009 6:13 AM  
Blogger fromclay said...

Thank you. I appreciate it.

10/12/2009 12:41 PM  

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