Chicago Is A Racist City And It’s Time We Admit It

Recently, the New York Times published an article that spoke to the deep divides within the City of Chicago.

Their findings were nothing really new, Chicago is and always has been known as a city that is separated by class, race, and more. However, the stories in the piece resonate so well that it is time that this city stands up and does something about it.

As cops harm the people they are assigned to protect, as a mayor lets a school system crumble and seems not to care, as corruption persists in the state of Illinois in general it is becoming more and more apparent every single day that change is needed.

Calling for these changes is not even close to what could be seen as calling for idealism in a non-ideal world. These changes are necessary for the existence of our city to continue on.

The view from an open window on the 92nd floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Photo Credit: Roman Boed/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

The view from an open window on the 92nd floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Photo Credit: Roman Boed/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

As a new generation turns into adults, they have the chance to make sure their voices are heard. And it is clear that they are learning to do exactly that.

Following the release of the video of former Chicago cop Jason van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald sixteen times, protests broke out throughout the city.

Now, this is what the national idea of Chicago should look like.

This fair city should not be defined by the violence, but rather by those who are trying so hard to put an end to it.

For every shooting, there are countless people working to stop it from happening again. For every school that is being closed, there are a number of families fighting for it to remain open.

Activism is key to fix what is a broken Chicago and the voices of these activists should be what defines it in a national sphere, not the data on how many people were shot here this past weekend.

But it cannot be the only thing that Chicagoans rely on for real change to actually happen.

Unfortunately, the people of the city had a chance to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2014.

His opponent Chuy Garcia was a progressive candidate that inspired many in the city, alas, it was not enough and Rahm was given yet another term.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmaunel. Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t have the temperament needed to fix this hurting city, Lauren Grimaldi argues. Photo Credit: Daniel X. O’Neil/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

While there is nothing wrong with aligning with Mayor Emanuel’s personal political ideology, he himself is alienating and such a strong part of the Democratic Machine in Chicago and the rest of Illinois as a whole that he presents harm to the city the longer the constituents allow for him to continue being Mayor.

While there are still plenty of people who benefit from the tactics of the current mayor, there are just as many whose very lives falter because of his brash decisions.

He is known around politics to be an abrasive man and that style of leadership does not suit Chicago and its current struggles.

The racism that the New York Times reported on; that people of color have felt while living in Chicago of course will not be fixed by a change in mayor, but electing someone with a progressive mission like that of Chuy Garcia’s will undoubtedly help begin to right the wrongs that have plagued the city for so long.

The young people of Chicago deserve so much better than they are getting now. Photo Credit: Roman Boed/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

The young people of Chicago deserve so much better than they are getting now. Photo Credit: Roman Boed/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

The violence too will not cease until the core problems of unequal opportunity are fixed and it is clear that the Chicago Democratic Machine has no one willing to take on the challenge of seeing that change.

Thus, the power lies within the people to make the change.

If more and more citizens begin to stand up, protest, and go out and vote to make changes for the better, then there will finally be hope for this city.

Until then, when you hear of the violence that goes on in Chicago every week, stop and remember that is does not and should not define the lives of the people here and that for every shooting there are a great number of people giving their best effort to help make it stop.

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Judge Acquits Chicago Cop Of Abuse Charge Despite DNA Evidence Indicating He Shoved Gun Down Man’s Throat

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Just Lost It On This Reporter

In one of the most awkward videos you will watch today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ripped apart Mike Allen, a reporter for Politico after his line of questioning got a bit too personal for the politician’s liking.

Emanuel was participating in a conversation at a Politico Playbook event in Chicago.

Things were going fine… until they weren’t.

Read More: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Chief

In all fairness to Emanuel, the man is going through a whole lot right now. He just fired his police chief yesterday and is facing down calls for his resignation.

H/T: Washington Post

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Chief

Update: 12:15 PM EST

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the superintendent of police Garry McCarthy today after his controversial handling of the fallout from the shooting death of 17 year old Laquan McDonald.

McDonald was shot numerous times by a Chicago police officer named Jason Van Dyke.

It took a year for Van Dyke to be indicted for the murder of McDonald.

Emanuel is speaking at a press conference now.

Stay with Rise News. This is breaking news. 


Fire Burning On Upper Floor Of John Hancock Center In Chicago


A fire burning in a residence on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago has been put out according to the city’s fire department.

At least 6 ambulances were on scene responding to the initial situation.

One injury has been confirmed by the Chicago Fire Department via Twitter.

It is still not clear what caused the blaze.

 More to come. Stay with Rise News. 

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