The following post originally appeared on The Nommo Gathering Black Writers Collective, a Chicago-based group of writers. The group was founded by writer/activist Stephanie Gadlin, and includes a host of authors, poets, playwrights and other creatives. The post appears under the original title, “10 Reasons Why You Can’t ‘Stop the Violence’ in Black Chicago.”
By: Nommo Writers
- Violence in Chicago has been normalized as a justified means of resolving conflict among groups and individuals. This notion is reinforced by the U.S. Govt.’s frequent invading and destruction of other nations it is in disagreement. Violence is the normalized response among people in contact in the United States and has been since the founding of this nation in 1776. The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states people have the right to self-defense and to bear arms (own guns, knives, etc.); and in Chicago people can own weapons, conceal them and use them in acts of aggression. It is up to the courts to decide who was the true aggressor and the warranted threat level.