Chicago’s Gang Violence Limits Kids Mobility

“STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let’s get a picture now of one Chicago neighborhood as it looks from the perspective of one of its residents. The resident is Steve Gates, Chicago director for Youth Advocate Programs, which has worked with children and teens in Chicago public schools. His neighborhood is Roseland, where police are trying to hold down rampant crime.

STEVE GATES, INTERVIEWEE ~ DIRECTOR OF YOUTH ADVOCATE PROGRAMS

It’s almost like martial law. We have cops on every other corner trying to deter some crime. But for these kids, it’s like living life in a box because of gang boundaries and because one gang may have rivals on the next block or a few blocks over. That kind of limits the kids’ mobility, which oftentimes reduces their ability to see anything else. So if you can think about those imaginary borders cutting you off from the rest of the world or the city, imagine being a kid there. You know, there’s no baseball programs, no YMCAs, they’re closing schools. I feel bad for the children right now.” ~ NPR

Please listen to this amazing interview here: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/29/344193388/chicago-s-gang-violence-limits-kids-mobility

What are your thoughts? Would you sacrifice your civil liberties if it meant to help keep the people in your community safe? Please share in the comments section below.

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