@optimystic, @man-of-the-future, I live in the suburbs of Chicago, and while I’m far from the front lines so to speak, it’s definitely understandable that Chicago would be a pressure point. Illinois, and Chicago most of all, has a really high cost of living plus the usual shortage of jobs that pay you enough to live with a healthy amount of dignity. Our leaders are so corrupt that it has literally become a joke. And on top of it all, Chicago is a cold, gray, wet place for most of the year. Maybe I’m just wrong but I think a lot of people here are angry, miserable, and don’t really see any way out.
Gangbanging and dealing will continue to be seen as the best option, as long as people don’t think a better way is even on the table.
@optimystic, Before you insult somebody you should always gain context I did not give it that nickname nor did the maker of this video. That is ta name the gang bangers gave it. I’m just a broadcaster letting people know whats going on… did you honestly even watch the video ?
@man-of-the-future, I didn’t watch the video, and I didn’t need to in order to issue my honest and impassioned comment.
It was your choice to title the post in the manner that you did, just like it was my choice to berate you for doing so.
I hope you’re able to understand.
I currently live in Chicago. Just like any major city there are plenty of good neighborhoods and plenty of bad ones. The problem is some of the bad neighborhoods are VERY bad, and they give a perception to the rest of the world that Chicago is crime-ridden. I grew up in the city and I can tell you there are plenty of neighborhoods in this fine city, if not most, that are extremely safe.
@man-of-the-future, at 6 minutes it shut off and ended. Cant watch the whole thing for some reason. Either way i get the jist of the video, and its sad man really. To see that so many kids are born into that type of environment, and even some that arent are attracted to the money, drugs and women that are a a part of it. At least that is how its portrayed across the world, mostly through music. Just as the guy in the beginning said, all the rappers that these kids listen to were and some still are gang bangers. The hope is that as these rappers get older they start to realize that even though it was the music that got them and their family out of the hood, they are perpetuating a system that takes the lives of innocent people.
How is it that people can stay so positive about the current state of affairs our world is in. We need a fucking massive wake up call, we need someone to stand up and say shits out of control and we need to fucking fix it or perish. No more living these glamorous lives running around like what were doing or not doing isn’t affecting the world and those around us negatively.
@reinvented2012, the thing is though, it’s a multi-pronged attack. Reality points to gangbanging when your only choices in life are homelessness (no dignity), minimum wage work (no dignity), the army (no freedom), or dealing. One of these has the potential to make a ton more money than the rest, and it doesn’t take Einstein to figure out which one it is. People probably feel like society is constantly hitting them, and they want to feel like they’re hitting back (whether it’s true or not). At the same time, the media glamorizes the successful gangster, dealer, and pimp as the ideal man to those in the ghetto – their alpha male who doesn’t take it from anyone and has all the money, women, cars, and power he desires (again whether this is actually true or not) – while at the same time implying that regular people are suckers and victims – proven true by their poverty. The gangbanger becomes the only respectable path in life, to such a person. Even if that respect isn’t really there, the illusion to them is better than its stark nonexistence anywhere else. And the media magnates keep cashing in on all things “gangsta” and “pimp” – music, movies, clothes, accessories, etc. Women learn to give up on self-esteem almost immediately, referring to each other as “bitches” even casually. It’s a constant barrage of negativity that makes it cool to tell yourself you’re worthless and born to lose.
I’m not saying it’s right at all, by any means. But I’m saying this is not a one-cause issue. Plucking one weed will not make this garden clean.
@theskafish, You could also add that something that perpetuates this is the government handouts. If they are able to collect unemployment, get food stamps and still sell drugs and rob etc they can make much more. I get its the easy thing to do, I sold drugs to because I thought it was the cool thing to do or only way to make money. The problem is that we so focused on the economic problems we have, we arent focusing on the communities around the country we need to help, and we arent looking at new ways to fix our problems. We revert back to the same failed political policies because its safe and doesnt raise too many questions for the average citizen. Maybe if we wanted to actually fix anything we would spend more money on education and less of unemployment, more money on community programs and less on war. Just some suggestions of course, we all have them and nobody listens.