New Rules: End The Violence, Break The Silence

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In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 photo, two women cry outside the Stroger Hospital in Chicago after they were asked to leave due to overwhelming crowds of family and friends of shooting victims. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to discuss the weekend violence during a Monday news conference. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

I seem to always find myself watching the news and asking why there is so much violence in Chicago. We’ve all seen Chicago spark national news about the recent violent weekend where 72 people were shot including 13 that did not survive over one weekend, the first one in August. The news is absolutely outrageous.

According to USA Today, no arrests have been made in any of the incidents that have occurred, but police have stated that they have strong leads in some of the shootings. Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, stated in a press conference, “There is a shortage of values about what is right, what is wrong. We as a city, in every corner, have an accountability and responsibility. If you know who did this, be a neighbor; speak up.”

I know a lot of you all reading this article may be saying things like, well Emanuel isn’t doing enough for Chicago or that there should be a new mayor in town. I’m here to let you know that this isn’t all of his fault. The change actually starts with us.

I know that some of you all were told to never snitch on anyone, but hear me out on this one. The ending of violence in Chicago starts with us–the youth. It’s time that we start to value, life not street code. If you see something, heard something that you know can affect someone’s life, or even serve justice towards helping someone and their family, speak up about it. It’s about time that we forget about being labeled as a snitch and actually support the scared, the silent and the hurt. Think about it. If that was someone you knew who was shot or possibly killed, wouldn’t you want justice for them?

We live in an era where people our age, younger and older, are being killed every day. These protests and local advocates are not stopping the violence. If we, the youth, actually start speaking up and telling our friends when things they are doing aren’t right, we actually may be able to help put a stop to this. Let’s make some new rules and replace the “Snitches Get Stitches” street code with something that can lead to positive change like, “End the Violence, Break the Silence” or “Take A Stand For What You Demand.”

Let the positive change begin.

 

By Trinity Bishop, Freshman, Southern Illinois University

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