Chicago has seen a rash of gun violence of late, much of it occurring on the weekends, and most of it occurring in gang-beleaguered minority neighborhoods. I’ve heard some of my colleagues occasionally mocking the situation by referring cheerfully to some asshole or other who’s on the internet posting the ‘over/under’ for the number of violent deaths each weekend. So for that, and for other reasons, I’m left a little underwhelmed by the idea that anyone should be ‘shocked’ at this mass killing. How many fundamentally similar ‘isolated incidents’ are required before a trend is acknowledged? What’s the ‘over/under’ on how many incidents and deaths it will take before the public response moves beyond collective hand-wringing and voyeuristic consumption of corporate media mawkishness?
There’s a whole lot more that could be said about this incident and its ramifications, and it’s been said quite eloquently elsewhere. I offer some samples below: