Have you read “The Warmth of Other Suns?”

chicago-gun-violence_400x295_11That wonderful book (full name: “The Warm of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration) by Isabel Wilkerson charted the movement of Southern African Americans to economic opportunities in the north, in Detroit, in Chicago, and yes, in Hartford (particularly to the Frog Hollow section, the subject of a book-I’m-finishing).

This says that gun violence in the windy city is reversing that migration. African American families are leaving the land of opportunity for safer addresses. From Alex P. Kellogg, at The Trace:

Thoughts of leaving Chicago have become “a common conversation, especially with black millennials in the city of Chicago,” says Corey Hardiman, a 25-year-old who mentors kids on the city’s South Side. For many of them, violence is part of their daily existence. “Chicago is depressing,” says Hardiman, who has lost three close friends to gun violence and is thinking of relocating to Texas. “When people are constantly being killed, at the rate they are being killed, it’s depressing.”

More than 130 people were killed in Chicago as of the end of March, the vast majority by guns, an increase of more than 80 percent over the first three months of 2015. The city has also seen more than 600 non-fatal shootings in the first three months of this year, twice as many as in the same period last year.

 

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4 responses to “Have you read “The Warmth of Other Suns?”

  1. Chicago has an illegal gun problem and a law enforcement problem. Neither of which it seems capable of addressing in any substantive way.

    • I wonder how these reverse migration will affect the places these families are moving to.

      • Kellog doesn’t provide much information on where the migrants are ending up. So it’s difficult to say.

      • I would be looking for a way out, too. I also wonder what will be left of Chicago. Leftover and DJ, do you have any thoughts on how they could address these problems effectively? I have roots in Chicago and it’s sad to watch violent trend worsen.

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