Shootings over the weekend in Chicago as reported October 12, 2013 by; “Chicago Sun-Time” resulted in 5 people being shot. A recent article “Chicago’s Gangs Aren’t the Problem” by; Mikki Kendall of, The Root presented an argument asserting that; “There's this idea that the community is responsible for fixing itself,” of economic inequality and crime, the impact of poverty, police brutality, school closures, racism (gentrification) the elimination of services, politicians definition of civil liberties and, the distinctive institutionalized reactions of treatment of white on white crimes (settlement house) versus black on black crime (national guard).” Which describes an example of social institutionalized conditioning that establishes differences in crime based on, an assigned label of the criminal.
There is a large consensus that violence, poverty, educational disparities and every other ill plaguing underserved communities, are completely the responsibility of its members. Solutions proposed, often fall short of tapping into the actual problem which involves; collective agreements of ideological perceived deficiency of members, who dwell in these communities, regardless if such traits actually exist or not. It is the community itself that becomes the deciding factor for the location of businesses and organizations.
Possibly it is the proposed solutions presented that fall short of actually embracing and/or exhibiting the respect needed for members of these communities to simply ask the question, what can be done? If such questions were addressed truthfully, it could be revealed that collective ideals and, beliefs may be in dire need of restructure. Could it be that; popular argument such as; “It all starts from home” have the ability to eliminate the idea that a child’s independent interactions with society begins between the age of 3-5 in a systematic institutionalized environment of learning, referred to as education? Maybe examining the core of the problem could provide a working diagnosis, versus placing a dressing over open wounds.