The Never Ending Problem Of Chicago

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D’Kota Sams
Mrs. Gallos
English 3 Honors
6 April 2017
The Never Ending Problem in Chicago
Since the 1950s everyone in America has known of the major problem plaguing southern and western Chicago streets: extreme amounts unnecessary of violence. This topic has become even more publicly known with the recent presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, where Trump spoke about the violence on multiple occasions as well as taking the topic to twitter a few times (Chicago Still Isn’t). Also, the number of murders, homicides, and other regular crimes all increased dramatically in 2016, breaking almost all statistics from previous years. Even though the violence does create jobs in the police force, the violence needs to be
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Gangsters say that it becomes more of a lifestyle than a hobby. And because of this dedication, it has become extremely hard to get members to quit, or leave the gang, once they become an adult.
After 2014, when Chicago’s death tolls dropped below average rates, the violence has begun to rise again. And with the “chaos” picking back up in 2015, nobody was prepared for the devastation that would take place in 2016. Statistics skyrocketed last year, becoming one for the record books. A major benefactor towards the number of deaths, has been the increase in gun violence. Guns are being brought into Chicago, from states like Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina, illegally. The Police (See Chicago’s Deadly)
Department “did note, however, that more homicides were committed with guns in Chicago than other cities” (Gorner). Due to this increase in deaths, popular rappers, such as King Louie, Chief Keef, and Lil Durk have started referring to Chicago as “Chiraq”. This name, coming from a combination of Chicago and Iraq, was created by young blacks who said “it’s like a war zone in some neighborhoods” (There’s a Reason). The term has become an abbreviation for life, death, and anger that poverty stricken people of color experience in the city (What’s In A Nickname). Another study done by the Chicago Police Department showed that “in 2016, about 91 percent of Chicago 's
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