Category Violence

Saturday Night Live

Last Saturday night there was a festival in a park near our condo, and folks were parked in the streets and tailgating on the sidewalks. In my attempt to get to the gate in front of our building, I said, “Excuse me” to a group of partiers. And then I was called a “fat cracker-a** […]

All is not calm; all is not bright

Thanks to Christian Century for publishing this piece about the violence many Chicago teens know all too well.

The Great Fire of Chicago

During the past two weeks, I encountered two more teenagers who are victims of gang shootings in Chicago. Both bound and loyal to the “don’t snitch” code. Both not revealing any information about gang names, signs, streets, or members. Both lucky to be alive. Both children whose mothers got the call from the police that their […]