Introducing ENOUGH: Chicago and the Tragedy of Urban Violence
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Violence in Chicago has been the subject of national discourse for over a year. The number of homicides in the city in 2012, 508, stunned people across the nation. How could so much tragedy take place in a world-class city? In the home of a sitting president?
Despite the national headlines the increased interest due to the Obama connection and the relatively new 24-hour news cycle, 2012 was not a record year for murders in Chicago. The final count of 508 homicides is a marked increase from 2011, which saw 435 killings. But did you know that there were 513 murders in 2008? 601 murders in 2003? What about the 704 people killed in 1998? How about the 931 victims in 1994? The city’s all-time high of 970 killings was in 1974.
I cite those figures not to dismiss the significance the recent spike in murders, but to make it clear that those of us who are from Chicago know this violence all too well. It is tragic, heartbreaking, maddening—but not at all new. [Continue reading at Ebony.com.]