The surprising stats show the city is worse off now in the category of murder than at the height of the era that has driven Chicago's reputation for almost a century, Capone's "gangland" Chicago.
Let's compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St.
Valentine's Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people
were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and
far worse than the city's most notorious crime era at the end of the
Roaring Twenties. January 1929 there were 26 killings.
And the wonders of a modern college education:
During his testimony Wednesday, Thandiwe suggested that his reason for even purchasing the gun he used in the shootings was to enforce beliefs he’d developed about white people during his later years as an anthropology major at the University of West Georgia.
“I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”
He said the night before the shooting, he attended a so-called “Peace Party” intended to address his concerns about helping the black community find equal footing, but two white people were there.
“I was upset,” Thandiwe said. “I was still upset Friday. I took the gun to work because I was still upset from Thursday night.”
Think any of the Usual Suspects of Racism will have any thoughts about the consequences of demonizing whites for, well, everything?
I don't think so, either.