Growing Up Englewood

In the past year, 29 current and recent students at Harper High School in Englewood, Chicago were shot. Eight died (including three current students). This American Life embedded three reporters in the school for five months; part one of their two-part series aired over the weekend. It’s rough! But recommended. Really important. Please listen.

From Ira Glass’s intro: “It’s hard not to think that if you grafted these facts onto another high school, in a wealthier place, maybe a suburb, dozens of students shot, three of them killed, in other places that would be national news, we would all know the name of that school.”

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jr (#3,151)

I heard a lot of this in the car over the weekend. These kids basically have two choices in life: join a gang or live in total isolation. Either choice they still had to live in constant fear.

This was a fantastic episode, and I can’t wait for the next one.

It really saddens me that even when the PRESIDENT is a black guy from Chicago we can’t even get gun violence on the agenda until crazy people start murdering white kids.

I mean, not to in any way downplay those shootings, but when it comes to random mass violence it seems like something that happens occasionally in any modern society. Better gun control and mental health legislation could certainly reduce the frequency of severity of these events. But there is just no excuse for the the kind of environment these kids are living in in a country as rich as ours. And none of the proposals on the table will have any meaningful impact on the guns being used to murder these children (and others like them all over the country).

chic noir (#713)

@stuffisthings and that’s just it. If President Obama came up with a program to help poor inner city youth, the Fox News crowd would raise hell. Frankly I think we need a FDR style New Deal to get rid of high unemployment in the inner city. The unemployment rate for young Black men is simply atrocious.

chic noir (#713)

@stuffisthings btw, well said :)

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