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  • Re: With 90 Homicides, August Was Chicago’s Bloodiest Month In 20 Years

    How Did Chicago Get So Violent?

    Did the effort to eradicate the city’s gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present?


    Would I be wrong in saying that their approach wasn't so bad. The problem is that there wasn't a comparable movement to give gang members positive alternative running parallel to the decimation of the gang leadership. So, the gangs were thrown into disarray, but the gang members still had no alternative to the drug trade.

    no I wouldn't disagree

    excerpt from the article:

    With the gang hierarchies largely wiped out, and the commercial motives for gangbanging significantly constrained, what we’re left with is a clear and sobering view of the reasons why so many young people in Chicago, and elsewhere, choose to participate in so stressful and dangerous a way of life. Those reasons have little to do with whatever benefits come from selling drugs.

    “Look, I’ve never met a 13-year-old who said I’m gonna join a gang because 10 years from now I want to be the baddest drug dealer in my neighborhood,” said Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative. “They join for protection and status and reputation.” Bocanegra, who grew up as a member of the Latin Kings, continued: “Reputation is a form of capital. What other kind of capital do these young people have?”

    That capital has perhaps never been so volatile a commodity. Desmond Patton, an assistant professor of social work at Columbia University who has studied the use of social media by gang members in Chicago, said that in an age when people’s reputations can be challenged casually and publicly online, “insults and language and comments have really come to shape retaliation in these communities.” Gang ties, meanwhile, make an insult to one person the basis of a conflict between many.

    But there is a deeper, knottier issue that’s driving the bloodshed, said Lance Williams, and that’s the almost total lack of opportunity and resources for people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods. “We look at these conflicts as gang-related because these kids have ‘gang ties,’ ” Williams said. “But it really has nothing to do with a gang. When the only thing you have, the last thing you have, is your humanity, what you think of as your manhood, you get this skewed vision of what a man is. Because it’s the last front for you. You might as well be dead if you can’t hold onto that.” Regardless of what law enforcement officials try to do, Williams told me, the violence will continue until Chicago can give its young people something else.
  • Re: With 90 Homicides, August Was Chicago’s Bloodiest Month In 20 Years

    How Did Chicago Get So Violent?

    Did the effort to eradicate the city’s gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present?

    By Leon Neyfakh

    Ronald Safer didn’t know all that much about gangs when, in 1992, he was assigned to lead a federal investigation of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples, the notorious street gang led by kingpin Larry Hoover. Safer, a prosecutor who had joined the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago after years working in private practice, was warned that he’d be taking on a mighty organization—a powerful commercial enterprise that, alongside a handful of other sophisticated gangs, all but controlled Chicago’s illegal drug trade.

    Hoover’s empire was reputed to comprise 30,000 members across the country, and prosecutors believed it was bringing in as much as $100 million a year in drug sales. Worse, the gang was suspected of being responsible for hundreds of murders in Chicago since the 1980s, when the crack epidemic turned the organization into a juggernaut willing to kill for territory.

    The GDs were feared and even respected; one Chicago-based Drug Enforcement Administration agent marveled at their extreme discipline and training, and said they might be the “largest and most successful gang in the history of the United States.” Hoover, in particular, was viewed in Chicago as a “mythic figure” and drew comparisons in the press to Al Capone. But when Safer toured the neighborhoods where the GDs reigned, what he saw were open-air drug markets operated almost entirely by children.

    “Whether they were 16 or 18 or 14 or 20, I don’t know. But they were young. They were very young. And it seemed to me there was an endless supply of them,” Safer told me recently. “These were the people who were out there to be arrested—the gang leaders put those kids out there to be arrested, and to be shot at. It struck me that they were as much the victims of gangs as the people in the community.”

    Up to that point, Safer said, the Chicago Police Department had mostly been fighting the Disciples by arresting these young cogs in the machine—easy targets who, unlike Hoover and his circle of high-ranking lieutenants, could be directly linked to the drugs they were selling and the illegal guns they were using to defend the gang’s turf. Safer wanted to try something different. He wanted to take down the guys who were actually in charge.

    Operation Headache, as it was known internally, first bore fruit in the summer of 1995, when Safer and his team secured indictments against 38 higher-ups in the Gangster Disciples organization. Among them was Hoover, who had been running the gang from prison while serving a 150- to 200-year sentence for murder since 1973. (Investigators obtained evidence of his active leadership of the GDs by secretly recording conversations he had with his lieutenants during in-person prison visits.)

    The first wave of convictions stemming from Operation Headache came in March 1996. But the biggest, most symbolically meaningful blow to the Gangster Disciples was delivered in May 1997, when Hoover was convicted of 42 counts of conspiracy to distribute drugs, received a sentence of six life terms, and was transferred to a supermax prison in Colorado, where his cell was located several stories underground and his ability to communicate with the remnants of his gang were severely constrained. Soon, the GDs in Chicago had been all but neutralized, and the authorities shifted their attention to decapitating the city’s other major drug organizations, the Black Disciples and the Vice Lords.

    Over the course of a roughly 10-year stretch starting in the mid-1990s, leaders from the GDs, the Vice Lords, the Black Disciples, and to a lesser extent, the Latin Kings were successfully prosecuted and taken off the street. The top-down assault appeared to work as Safer and his colleagues had hoped: violent crime in Chicago began to decline, with the city’s murder total dropping from a high of 934 in 1993 to 599 10 years later.

    For a while, it looked like the trend might continue moving in a positive direction, but after dipping below 500 in 2004, the number of murders in Chicago per year leveled off and began hovering in the 400s. Over the past several years, however, the situation started getting worse; today, Chicago is once again synonymous with out-of-control gun violence, a city that regularly makes national news for the perilous existence that some of its poorest residents must endure. Over the weekend of Sept. 12, the city passed 3,000 shootings and 500 murders since the beginning of the year, surpassing in just nine months the total numbers from 2015. As of this writing, the 2016 tally is up to 3,131 shootings and 530 homicides; a recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice showed that Chicago, by itself, is responsible for half of the 13 percent increase in homicides that the country as a whole is projected to experience this year.

    “What we’re dealing with now is basically the fallout of gang disorganization.”

    —Lance Williams

    According to the Chicago Police Department, 85 percent of the city’s gun murders in 2015 can be attributed to gang violence—a statistic that suggests a return to the bad old days while obscuring how profoundly the nature of Chicago’s gang problem has changed in the intervening years. While experts say the Latin Kings, a Hispanic gang, continue to run a large and rigidly organized drug-selling operation on Chicago’s West Side, the majority of Chicago residents who call themselves gang members are members of a different type of group. Rather than sophisticated drug-selling organizations, most of the city’s gangs are smaller, younger, less formally structured cliques that typically lay claim to no more than the city block or two where they live. The violence stems not from rivalries between competing enterprises so much as feuds that flare up with acts of disrespect and become entrenched in a cycle of murderous retaliation.

    Many close observers of Chicago’s violence believe that, as well-intentioned as it was, the systematic dismantling of gangs like the Disciples led directly to the violence that is devastating the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods in 2016. Taking out the individuals who ran the city’s drug trade, the theory goes, caused a fracturing of the city’s criminal underworld and produced a vast constellation of new entities that are no less violent, and possibly even more menacing, than their vanquished predecessors.

    “Every time they hit these large street gangs, they’d focus on the leadership,” said Lance Williams, an associate professor at Northeastern Illinois University, and the co-author of a book about the rise and fall of the Black P Stone Nation, a gang that was eradicated in the 1980s. “It’s like cutting the head off a snake—you leave the body in disarray and everyone begins to scramble for control over these small little areas. And that’s where you get a lot of the violence, because the order is no longer there.” Williams added: “When you lose the leadership, it turns into chaos… What we’re dealing with now is basically the fallout of gang disorganization.”

    The proliferation of small gangs has created a complicated and ever-changing patchwork of new alliances and rivalries, and instilled in many young people—predominantly poor, black men—a sense that they are vulnerable at all times to lethal attacks by members of opposing factions. The BBC captured this sense of constant fear and anxiety in a recent documentary about the violence in Chicago: Throughout the short film, the young men who are its subject are visibly on guard for rivals.
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  • U.S. Court Rules Dreadlock Ban During Hiring Process is Legal

    U.S. Court Rules Dreadlock Ban During Hiring Process is Legal

    by Noel Gutierrez-Morfin

    The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Catastrophe Management Solutions, effectively ruling that refusing to hire someone because of their dreadlocks is legal.

    The lawsuit was filed by the EEOC on behalf of Chastity Jones, whose job offer was rescinded by Catastrophe Management Solutions, located in Mobile, Alabama. According to the case file, Jeannie Wilson, a human resources manager for CMS, commented on Jones' dreadlocks during a private hiring meeting to discuss scheduling conflicts, telling Jones, "they tend to get messy, although I'm not saying yours are, but you know what I'm talking about." Wilson told Jones that CMS would not bring Jones on board with dreadlocks, terminating the job offer.


  • Re: Amy schumer tweets black men more likely to street harass you. !@#$% WHAT!?

    I do believe a lot of men can be alil too aggressive and at times disrespectful when they approach/ interact with women...but to suggest Blk men are the main perpetrators ...can't cosign that at all

    Not surprised though she would post that

    She posted a joke that calls Hispanic men rapists some time back too‘taking-responsibility’-racist-joke

    And was also accused of exploiting the bodies of blk women on her show and making fun of "black women names"

    Smdh @ her being one of the faces of modern day white feminism

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  • Re: Amy schumer tweets black men more likely to street harass you. !@#$% WHAT!?

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    these are yall white queens many of yall lust over tho lmao

    I was just about say cause I see nobody else was gonna mention it. Black men love the hell out of this gummy bear shaped bitch. Hold that L

    We're gonna act as if, blk feminists weren't helping these pasty cac feminists, push the "you okay sis", and "holler back girl" agendas??
    Which infact is the same rhetoric, This fat wht bish is reiterating.

    2. Low self esteem Blk women, are the reason these wht bitches be thinkin, theyre the shit to blk men.
    Blk women with insecurities, push the "blk men love white women" stereo type.
    Most niggas ain't even tripping over wht girls like that.
    Latinas and extoticas now thats another story. ;) ...
    Y'all see a miniscule percentage of brothas trippin over wht girls = all blk men.

    3. Aint nobody checking for this bitch. Yet according to you, every blk man wants her. Again, u pushing the same agenda yall complain about. It's all in ya heads.

    A lot of blame to go around...And I believe this rift between Blk men and women is largely over exaggerated...

    But come on now

    So there isn't a loud contingent of Blk men who go around proclaiming white women make better partners than blk women????.... perpetuating racist stereotype that blk women are agrumentative and obnoxious

    Its not over exaggerated its real, and is growing. Ive learned its all about age group demographic.
    Blk feminist women aren't bluffing when it comes to their hate for blk men.
    To the point Theyre advocating aborting blk male babies.
    Cosigning the killing off unarmed blk men.
    And are even Shitting on Malcom X, Medgar Evars , and MLK calling them chauvinist, and misogynoirs....

    And you are right, average blk women are not argumentative, combative, or obnoxious... they're only that, when it comes to blk men.


    How old are you?

    There are some blk feminist who are ignorant and do go overboard in their critique of Blk men and their misogyny

    But if you truly believe what you posted and that there is a sizable amount of Blk women or rather Blk feminist who hate Blk men I feel sorry for you

    Because you truly have been deluded

    Otherwise I have to ask where's the proof? Twitter?

    Better yet when an unarmed blk man dies, blk women a lot them feminsts are on the front line protesting along other Blk men

    Not to mention some of the most woke and prolific Blk women ever were part of the women's suffrage movement, feminist ...Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Florynce Kennedy, Angela Davis and Assata Shakur just to name a few

    Before you say they are different, if you bother to read their writing/lectures you see how they have heavily influenced today's generation. They too felt ignored. They too felt marginalized. They too felt the Blk community was mimicking the sexist ideas of the larger society

    All this talk of feminism promoting white supremacy only reinforces white supremacy, because it marginalizes their work and contributions to the feminist movement from its inception

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