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Two Reasons Chicago Might Be Failing

Lack of support for poor families, in turn, they are in a vicious cycle with the need to keep their legal system at work. Not that it wouldn’t  still be used but what wouldn’t still be used but this need to get rich of the poor is against God and I’m sorry but a lot of those white lunatics out among the world or whatever.

James 5:1-6 ESV 

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. …

The black man he can to form organizations for their rights. White people are making hate groups and going into theaters and killing a bunch of people. I hear all about how violent and awful the cities are but it’s always the white kid involved in a school shooting.

Still reveling from my Martin Luther King Jr Nirvana Experience I did a little searching into the availability of low income to access support systems. It’s blocked or outdated. Ohio and PA, on the other hand, are doing well. I haven’t checked the crime rates in those areas but I’m pretty sure we can easily predict that they are lower than Chicago.

Does it really take investigative research on “the African American male heart rate is at the time he assumes discrimination” to see that low-income areas need a support system? Options? Opportunities? And yes that was an actual study I was looking for psychological differences in races.

It isn’t easy to find support systems in overall America isn’t it time to change that?

 

Here’s an example of an already established Mentoring Program www.mentoring.org.

Why aren’t there a few of these around Chicago? When is our government going to invest in the future? Here are statistics of the success rate Mentoring Impact.

Why is Chicago failing?

Ask for research studies to find out how effective assertiveness training is for children routinely confronted with gang violence. And a comparative study on mentorship (there are more support systems available)to determine positive and negative prospects of adding programs like this to Chicago.

I was also thinking of looking into coping skills personally and thought how it might apply to the likelihood of long-term effects for kids from troubled homes. How to extend public interest.

In this article Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson mentioned more using aide for mentor programs:

Johnson said he does not oppose increased assistance from the federal government — whether that would mean more agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives or more help geared toward youth living in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods.

“We would use (federal funding for) mentorship programs, after-school programs,” he said. “Those are the things I think we can use.”

 

This is the Latest Mentor Initiative in Chicago listed on its official website.

Programs: Mentoring

  • BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE PROGRAM –   this initiative funds 10-15 Alliance Partners in underserved communities in Chicago to increase…
  • Juvenile Justice Diversion Project (JJDP) is a court alternative diversion program in partnership with the Cook County State’s Attorney Office…
  •   A Youth Leadership and Development Program for youth in care. This program provides opportunities for youth and young adults between the ages…
  • The Chicago Area Project model of implementing its Teen Reach program is uniquely designed in its strategy for service delivery.
  •   Youth as Resources (YAR) – An Adult/Youth Partnership that promotes Anti-Violence and Youth Leadership programs.    

Bridges to the Futures has 2009’s last listed statistics of success at around 1000. That was seven years ago!

◊ Under the Statewide Youth Advisory Board, it says they are a program within the “Department of Community Development and Organizing” I Googled it and couldn’t find it.

Teen Reach is the most detailed resulting in two referral sites. I didn’t call to check availability.

Youth as Resources is part of the Department of Community Services that boasts of 41 affiliates but I couldn’t find them.

 

 

 

  • I did see some hope with the site 100 Black Men of Chicago looks like a small but useful resource. The only problem is the website is copywritten in 2013 and the chairman’s message is from 2014. They do appear active on Twitter, though.

Ohio in Contrast to Chicago

Then I went to the Ohio Mentoring Site listed on from Mentor.org Affiliates and found a 2014-2015 detailed community report with some useful information.

New York Compared to Chicago

I looked at New York’s Mentoring site and I was led to six working programs.

What Do These Differences Mean?

I have to wonder why Chicago has almost no resources to support youth.

Is Chicago set up to fail? If I checked more cities with high violence would the path to youth services be obstructed or vacant?

Why isn’t the government investing in our future?

Does the government see minority production as a threat to the legal system?

Here’s interesting information to substantiate the need for minorities to remain in their present state.:

Shadow Report to the United Nations on Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System

AUGUST 31, 2013

Copied a few highlights this report states with the link.

Racial minorities are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences. African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males.

The United States in effect operates two distinct criminal justice systems: one for wealthy people and another for poor people and minorities.

The rhetoric of the criminal justice system sends the message that our society carefully protects everyone’s constitutional rights, but in practice, the rules assure that law enforcement prerogatives will generally prevail over the rights of minorities and the poor.

the Supreme Court validates the results of the criminal justice system as fair. That formal fairness obscures the systemic concerns that ought to be raised by the fact that the prison population is overwhelmingly poor and disproportionately black.6)

By creating and perpetuating policies that allow such racial disparities to exist in its criminal justice system, the United States is in violation of its obligations under Article 2 and Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to ensure that all its citizens—regardless of race—are treated equally under the law.

Established in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

The report then details the ways in which the Supreme Court of the United States has curtailed potential remedies by discounting the importance of implicit bias and requiring that intentional discrimination be proven in constitutional challenges.  Finally, the report offers recommendations on ways that federal, state, and local officials in the United States can work to eliminate racial disparity in the criminal justice system and uphold its obligations under the Covenant.

Racial Disparity in Police Activity

Roughly 12% of the United States population is black. Yet in 2011, black Americans constituted 30% of persons arrested for a property offense and 38% of persons arrested for a violent offense.7) Black youths account for 16% of all children in America yet make up 28% of juvenile arrests.8)

extremely disadvantaged neighborhoods experience higher rates of crime regardless of racial composition.10

Implicit biases (commonly referred to as stereotypes) are activated when individuals must make fast decisions with imperfect information; biases—regardless of their accuracy—“fill in” missing information and allow individuals to make decisions in the limited time allowed.13) Extensive research has shown that in such situations the vast majority of Americans of all races implicitly associate black Americans with adjectives such as “dangerous,” “aggressive,” “violent,” and “criminal.”14) Since the nature of law enforcement frequently requires police officers to make snap judgments about the danger posed by suspects and the criminal nature of their activity, subconscious racial associations influence the way officers perform their jobs.

Between 1980 and 2000, the U.S. black drug arrest rate rose from 6.5 to 29.1 per 1,000 persons; during the same period, the white drug arrest rate increased from 3.5 to 4.6 per 1,000 persons.15) Yet the disparity between the increase in black and white drug arrests does not correspond to any significant disparity in black drug activity.

The racial disparity in the implementation of “stop and frisk” has led to ongoing class action litigation against the NYPD led by the Center for Constitutional Rights. In August 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the policy violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s promise of equal protection and mandated that the police department implements a variety of specific remedies.

Thousands of public defenders and prosecutors work diligently and effectively each day to represent their clients and ensure that justice is done in a racially fair manner. Nevertheless, data demonstrates that implicit racial bias—in combination with challenges caused by inadequate resources and training—influences both indigent defense and prosecutorial decisionmaking and contributes to racial disparity in the criminal justice system in significant ways.

The list goes on and on it echoes what I’ve been thinking about Black people and the legal system. This document just gives detailed information and statistics.

Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking there’s an end to prejudice. It may shift to something other than Black vs White but someone will always have a problem with what someone else is doing. Shifting the focus from themselves because people have an astonishing fear of “real” especially these days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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