"It is easier to build a strong child than to repair a broken man." - Frederick Douglass

Chicago Violence Spikes in Spite of COVID-19 [Video]

Chicago violence is at an all-time high despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The harsh truth is, the pandemic is not to blame. It certainly is adding to it. Lack of and no resources in specific targeted impoverished communities is the foundation of hopelessness.

Chicago Police said more than 10,000 guns had been recovered off of city streets this year alone.

Regardless of gun recovery, Chicago is enduring over 700 homicides thus far this year. The 464 homicides were reported between January and November of 2019. In November 2020, 58 murders took place, compared to last year’s 33.

The blame game has to end!

Homicides are taking place all over the city, in neighborhoods that were once said and thought to be “safe.” Safety is and should be of the utmost importance to us all.

So far this year, there have been over 3,000 shootings, and police have made more than 6,600 gun-related arrests. Police also stated officers had been shot at over 70 times, wounding 10.

Certainly, our current state has caused anxiety, depression, unemployment, and many other contributing factors of trauma.

Chicago is a big beautiful city, especially downtown, very eye captivating.

The residents, business owners, elected officials, black and brown nationalities must love our neighbor in order to curve this violence from running rampant in our City.

The likely hood of curving the violence seems more realistic than just stopping. Unfortunately, many are hurting due to violence, and more often than not, hurt people are known to hurt someone. Our relationship with our loved ones and neighbors will help with conflict resolution strategies.

This has to be a collaborative effort  — everyone must unite and protect the children’s future lives. Neighbors must show acts of love simply by being kind to one another for the love of humanity.

Opinion News by Teleza Rodgers
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


WGN9News: Violence Surges in Chicago Amid COVID-19 pandemic by Glen Marshall, WGN Web Desk

Featured Image Courtesy of Juan Aguere’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

Top Image Courtesy of thecrimereport’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License


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