There is a genocide taking place right under our noses in America. It may not be as dramatic as those seen in other countries, or depicted in documentaries and movies. But it is just as cold, calculated, and sinister. For the last ten years there has been an increasing level of violence in the windy city of Chicago. One by one the children are falling at an alarming rate to guns, gangs, and senseless brutality while the news is only spreading surface reports. In November of 2011 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the attendees at a memorial honoring some 260 Chicago Public School students killed by violence during the three prior school years. The good mayor seemed to be making a cry to the public on behalf of the “poor inner city kids” plagued with gun/gang violence only to turn around a little over a year later and shut down over 50 schools in communities that once proved to be the only place to give children the assistance and protection needed to be saved. The public school system needs to cut the budget by 1 Billion dollars, and they honestly feel that closing schools to save money will make matters better. It would be nice if we could get children off the streets, out of gangs, and back in school. Where is Mr. Clark/Morgan Freeman when you need him because there seems to be no one in Chicago’s Department of Education Administration that can total that sum for an end result. You would think someone would have made the connection between lack of education and inner city violence by now, but it’s just not coming through loud and clear enough. “In Chicago, more than 530 people under the age of 21 have been killed since 2008 and many more have been shot or have otherwise suffered violence—often at the hands of their peers and particularly in the city’s African-American and Latino communities.” (TCR) The most that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan have been able to muster up and do is to throw a mere $500,000 dollars at the problem, yet as of today Chicago officials refused to hear anymore more negotiation (on the school closings) and plans to spend a whopping $233 million in an effort to save $43 million annually.(MSN) And if those numbers don’t warp your fragile little mind, the average student/teacher ratio in Chicago public schools is already 1:35. How is a child to be successful in education with those odds? How can the people making these horrendous decisions in this city not see that while they aren’t pulling the triggers on the guns in these neighborhoods, they are calling out the direction of the shots. After watching Kelsey Grammar’s show “Boss” I started thinking. Where else could the city afford to cut back and save the children, you know, if they REALLY wanted to.
A quick look at the Illinois State Accountability page really got my blood boiling. How can the state even justify spending $190,000,000.00 on corrections facilities and just $9,000,000.00 on the Education Department? What’s more vicious than that? Only 3 million was spent collectively for the state teachers’ retirement fund. http://accountability.illinois.gov/Employees/Agency/Default.aspx It’s my opinion that there is a vulture circling Chicago eyeing prime property and business expansion. Only, there are natives atop this gold mine and he/she/they have to remove them without sounding the alarm. What else might lead me to this assumption? The closing of these schools are going to force students to cross gang lines increasing society chaos and student safety risks. It’s as if the systems is saying, “If we can’t kill them, we can get them to kill themselves, the world will see it as senseless violence and be none the wiser. So far so good, because it seems the mass media is more concerned with Jodi Arias these days than they are the quiet killing fields of Chicago, so no one is really attempting to alert the public to this impending crisis. CNN did manage to report about a week ago that a 6 month old baby was shot in her stroller as her father changed her diaper, and let’s not forget Michelle Obama taking the time to attend the funeral of a child that just weeks before being shot to death in a drive by, performed at the POTUS’ inauguration simply because he hails from her home city of Chicago and did so promising change.
Protesters gathered, but the Mayor nor his city officials would hear no more on March 27, 2013. More than 1000 people filled the streets of Chicago, and conflicting reports say anywhere from one to over 130 demonstrators were arrested. My advice to parents in Chicago, keep protesting, but instead of protesting the city killing schools, protest the city killing your children in the name of money. Without education, they have nothing. Don’t just make your voice heard, make what you are saying pertinent to the world. This is much more than the closing of schools, this is another nail in the coffins of these communities. We the people, we the parents, cannot stand by and allow this to happen. For the rest of us, all we can hope is that we can get the Mayor to listen through letters, email, and trolling his Facebook page. Make it known that we won’t stand for this blatant destruction of innocent youth in America. We might not be there in Chicago with you, but we’re here in spirit, and we support you.