Crime Lab Silencing the Guns: A Racial Divide at the Heart of Chicago Violence
Chicago Sun-Times / February 17, 2017
By Shari Runner
Chicago’s growing gun violence is rooted in a history of racially concentrated poverty and remains the most intractable public health issue with which our city has yet to contend.
Gun violence in Chicago is part of a nefarious cycle of race and inequality, reflecting longstanding segregation and social inequalities. Racism makes it even more challenging for our black youth, especially young black men, to escape the lure of an underground economy in which possessions and territories — street corners and city blocks — become the spaces where worth and value are determined. A place where violence is currency.