Dear President Trump,
You seem to have a strong dislike towards Chicago. Is it due to the fact that Chicago was the only city in the country体彩官方app, during your presidential campaign, where you were afraid to ? Or is it because former President Obama adopted Chicago as his 体彩官方apptown? I know you weren’t a fan of Obama since you called him, “” and declared for years that .
Okay, so you have two reasons to not like our city. But beyond that I’m not sure why you are so obsessed with or talking badly about Chicago. You just criticized in your pep rally in Florida this weekend. If you want to actually help our city, then you should listen to people from Chicago. You shouldn’t meet with people who aren’t from here to talk about us. Just like that pastor from Ohio who claimed on live TV that “top gang thugs” from Chicago wanted to meet with you. Except that after his bold proclamation on national television, he admitted he “misspoke”, i.e. .
So for Presidents’ Day, I thought long and hard and I decided to give you a gift. As a high school Social Studies teacher in Chicago, I decided to teach you about Chicago and specifically why we do not want the Feds to come to our city.
Don’t think I am singling you out due to your political party either. Many of us in Chicago have been trying to Rahm Emanuel the same things that I am about to teach you, but he refuses to listen. He claims he cares about our city and our people, but his . I don’t want you to follow in his footsteps.
Now to your lesson on Chicago:
A few things to note President Trump, Chicago is not the wild west.
There is no doubt that certain neighborhoods in our city have very high levels of violence (I will address that in more depth shortly), but it is important you know that while some neighborhoods have increases in violence, many other neighborhoods have seen . The parts of Chicago that are funded appropriately are , which is why Chicago is the third city in the U.S. I mean, you should know the downtown is beautiful, you do own the , right on the Chicago River.
In fact, contrary to what Attorney General Jeff Sessions and you say, nationally, . In addition, the police in Chicago have way too much power, so you can cool it with your giving police more power. Did you read the recent scathing on systemic abuses by the Chicago Police? Included in it were policies that promote a , poor training methods, harassment, abuse, , and murder, all done to the residents of Chicago, by the police. The Chicago Police , while accounting for , which is . In addition, Chicago Police brutality cases have cost our city dollars.
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But sadly, violence is an issue in parts of our city, so lets address it.
There is no doubt that certain neighborhoods in our city are not anywhere as safe as they should be. As a Chicago Public Schools teacher for the past ten years, I have personally seen and experienced the impact that the violence has had on my students, their families, my colleagues, and myself.
Here is the thing about violence, hardly anyone would choose to commit crimes or be violent if there were other options. The issue is that the amount of other options are extremely limited, in particular in our most vulnerable and violent neighborhoods.
You yourself said Chicago’s violence is, “.” I hope that means you are willing to address the root causes of the violence.
Chicago, through the purposeful segregation policies of , , and over the years, has been divided into a city of “haves” and “have nots.” Generally, downtown and the North side of the city are the “haves” and the South and West sides are the “have nots.”
Those of us who live in Chicago know that jobs and investment in struggling communities, which includes , is the key to . The investment in these communities should improve the lives of the residents, rather then push them out. As one Chicago , “Want to fix Chicago? Invest in its people, embrace the idea that the rest of the city matters, not just the North Side.” Chicago has also closed half of its which were primarily located on the South and West sides. Now the largest primary provider of mental health in the (yes, I said entire country体彩官方app) is the Cook County Jail located here in Chicago.
We need to stop away from neighborhoods that need it the most. This money has been stolen from the neighborhoods and used for things like and downtown. We need to fully fund our public schools and to do that. Another Chicago writer said we need to “” We need to talk about how people do not have in far too many neighborhoods in our city.
The way Chicago Public Schools are run is also terrible and contributes to the violence. The Mayor has complete control over our schools. He in the history of our country体彩官方app and has continually . He picks the , who show their gratitude for being appointed by doing whatever he says. This includes opening new charter schools, even though charters are proven than public schools. The person in charge of our school district has ZERO educational experience. All of these school closings, funding cuts and diversions of money to charter schools by our Mayor have and continue to harm our students and our city, which in turn is .
A puts it clearly, “”Poverty is violence, and it exacerbates violence… If you give people access to mental health care, education, you give them the opportunity to realize their full humanity. And we’re denied that.”
To put it simply we do NOT need to give the police more power. We do NOT need more police. We need to create jobs and fund our public schools and our neighborhoods.
People need jobs.
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Schools need to be fully funded.
All neighborhoods need to be equitably funded.
I hope you appreciate the gift I am giving you. I am saving you some work on investigating the root causes of violence in our city. You don’t need to send the Feds to our city… unless the purpose of them coming is to get rid of our mayor. Just kidding, kind of.
But I guess all this to say, I would like to ask you to stop talking bad about our city.
Or, as the kids say, just take the name Chicago out of your mouth.
An actual resident of Chicago
P.S. Release your tax returns.
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