First a map
The quick overview of who lives where in Chicago – from Roosevelt South and including Harvey, from Lake Michigan west to the Dan Ryan freeway and just beyond is the Democratic Party plantation – originally blacks from the South who moved North after Reconstruction ended, and Henry Ford needed labor for his plant in South Chicago – and Pullman needed porters for its sleeping cars. South Chicago was a working class neighborhood for blacks looking for a better tomorrow.
Then the Great Society arrived. Democrats saw the potential for taking blacks, putting them in free high rise public housing, free food, free public education with no expectation that learning will happen – in a generation or two, the voting rolls would swell with loyal voters with no skills, no work ethic and completely dependent on government handouts.
West Chicago was a mixture of Hispanics and Asians who are not really part of the same Plantation. They are the people who work at the low status jobs like working in restaurants, cleaning houses, driving taxis…
The North Side is the “lakefront liberals” (or at least was) – multicultural, well educated, high income and “gay friendly”.
Rahm Emanuel is now the mayor – you may remember him as the foulmouthed former Chief of Staff for Barack Obama. I don’t believe for a moment that the shootings are unrelated to politics and who is running the city. Here are my main theories (which are not mutually exclusive):
Fast & Furious Northern edition – gun control laws are about keeping guns out of the hands of blacks. That’s one of those things that Eric Holder says we can’t talk honestly about. Chicago had one of the strictest gun control laws in the country. In June 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled that blacks are humans and therefore have the same rights to keep and bear arms. Perhaps this unsuppressed shooting spree is designed to scare people into supporting tighter gun control laws.
Cabrini Green part II – you may remember Cabrini Green as the prototype of failure of high rise Soviet style government run housing projects – dangerous, overcrowded, decrepit lawless buildings full of non producing people collecting welfare. Most of Cabrini green is gone – replaced by new developments full of high income professional white people who like the convenient access to downtown. If the folks living in South Chicago can be chased out, 40 blocks of new lakefront development might happen – maybe a few casinos could transform the city
Mexican invasion – somewhat under the radar, blacks in Los Angeles have been systematically forced to leave the city, often fleeing violence directed at them by Mexican gangs – with national press ignoring it (remember that Carlis Slim kept the NY Times out of bankruptcy). If you look down the list of victims, they are fairly evenly spread between blacks and “white Hispanics”. What’s missing is the names and descriptions of the shooters.
Any other theories?