Our Kids Becoming Extinct

The “Our Kids Becoming Extinct” headline I am sure was great for attracting clicks but it is a massive dis-service to the very communities the kids discussed in the headline are coming from. This headline serves only to drive fear about out of control violence and push reactionary police and public policy to get the headline out of the news.

As the article itself states juveniles victims of gun violence are on part with previous years it is just that since the onset of the world wide pandemic shootings overall in Chicago, and every other major city, are up. So, the headline probably should have read “Our Kids Are Becoming Extinct at the Same Rate They Have in Past Years”. This headline would not have been the click magnet the Sun-Times was looking for. In Chicago, almost no institution is immune from exploiting the violence to make a buck.

The extinct headline is actually a quote from Rev. Michael Pfleger. He has been a strong voice for calling on the city and the business community to address the gun violence in Chicago. He isn’t necessarily wrong in using the word extinct I just think the Sun-Times exploited the word extinct for its own purposes and thus play right in to the political hands of militant pro police elements in Chicago. If their is a massive expansion of police powers or in their manpower in Chicago in the coming months it will be in no small part due to Pfleger’s quote and the massive power of the word extinct.

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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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