More money and more education can’t solve what are, at heart, problems of the heart. But in some cities, you can’t even say that.
Chicago has a long history of violence, but Scarface has nothing to do with what the Windy City faces these days. Even as crime falls nationwide, Chicago is still described by many as a “war zone.” Between August 3-5, 74 people were shot in Chicago.
Seventy-four people shot in a mass-shooting would be on the front page of every paper in the country. But in Chicago, it’s just another weekend.
According to the Chicago Tribune, 1,400 people have been shot so far this year, with 247 homicides. Last year the body count was 650—that’s more than the combined total of New York and L.A.
Recently former Obama chief-of-staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered an idea about what’s behind this concentrated violence. Now members of his party are calling for his resignation.
When he was questioned about police strategies, Emanuel dared to suggest—get this—that “faith,” “family,” and “character development,” have a part to play in ending the bloodshed! He pleaded with fellow Chicagoans not to “shy away” from a politically incorrect discussion about how kids need a “moral compass” to “know good from bad and right from wrong.” All of this, he said, “plays a role” in curbing crime.
In response to saying that moral formation, family, and faith need to at least be a part of the conversation on violence, progressive critics called Emanuel’s comments “tone-deaf” and “insensitive.” The former president of the Chicago Urban League accused him of blaming victims and shifting attention from the real problem of racism. The current occupant of President Obama’s former state senate seat said Emanuel is “outright wrong,” and that what neighborhoods really need is not moral values, but more money and social programs.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris