How Chicago Violated The Constitutional Rights of Black Men

    Chicago has implemented several laws in a systemic effort to quell gang violence.  One of these laws passed in 1992 was a “gang congregation” ordinance that prohibited loitering together in any public place by two or more people, of whom at least one was a “criminal street gang member.”[1] The ordinance defined “loitering” […]

Apartheid in Milwaukee: The Third World Inside America (The Hood Series)

  Black Life in Milwaukee: The Third World Inside of America  Surrounded in scenery of dilapidated houses, food and liquor stores;  crumbling infrastructure vandalized by RIP signs that pay tribute to the young victims of fratricidal gang warfare, Milwaukee rapper Gwapo Chapo from the neighborhood of Atkinson Ave spits  that his “Trynna Make it Out […]

Chicago’s Violence: What the White Media Leaves Out!

On August 6th, the media reported that  72 people were shot with 13 killed over the weekend in Chicago. This is nothing new in that city’s poor Black communities that have become known for its weekend shootouts that shatter one record of carnage after another.  The bloodshed has become the subject of local hip-hop lyrics. […]

Drill Rap and Frustrations of The Urban Black Poor

  The Rise of Drill Rap      Drill Rap, taken from the Chicago colloquial term to ‘Drill’, means to carry out a shooting against a rival gang. Drill Rap is used by rival African-American gangs such as the Black Disciples, Black Stones, and Gangster Disciples to issue lethal threats at one another and boast of […]

A Black Response to Bill O’Reilly’s Racist Statement About Chicago’s Gang Violence

  In a recent op-ed about Chicago’s epidemic of gang-violence, former Fox News conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly wrote, “the criminals causing the destruction are largely comprised of Black street gang members who sell narcotics in poor, minority neighborhoods.” He describes Black youth caught up in Chicago’s gang warfares as, “callous, violent individuals who have no […]

Chicago’s Educational Crisis: A Product of Institutional Racism

In 2013, Rahm Emanuel facilitated the closing of 49 Chicago Public schools. Emanuel insisted that it would be to the benefit of Chicago’s mostly African-American students. However, a recent study indicated that while the closing of schools destabilized students there was no improvement in academic performance of students Today, Chicago Public Schools are in a […]

Killadelphia: Even Though What We Do is Wrong! (Hood Series)

Fed up with taxation without representation, America’s founding fathers signed the declaration of independence in Philadelphia. As a result, Philadelphia became known as the city of brotherly love. Yet, Black people in Philadelphia have never experienced this liberty.  Philadelphia was a prime target for African-Americans during the great migration, and it quickly became a white […]