||02-17-2017 08:14 AM
Yeah, after reading the article, I can understand what the author is trying to say and it makes a good deal of sense.
Essentially, the theme of We Are Chicago seems to be, "Be a 'good kid', rise above the violence, get an education and donate to these non-profit organizations we highlighted." While these are great messages, it doesn't actually do anything to stop the violence in Chicago, nor does it identify or highlight the problems we already know exists in Chicago. Unfortunately, the main character of this particular story is the sort of kid who - after leaving for college - likely would never be back. Sure, his problem is fixed...but, it still leaves his family in a violent neighborhood and ultimately adds to the "Brain Drain" of the community. It solves the individual issue, but doesn't do anything to fix the larger problem.
The city's leadership isn't doing a damn thing to stem the violence. Their idea of major infrastructural change is to merge two small golf courses and shut down schools.