"The jury’s still out on whether the shooting [that killed six-month-old Jonylah Watkins] was gang related. But even if it proves to have been, is that all we need to know?"
"The perpetual focus on whether a crime is gang related ignores another common-denominator that’s an even greater factor in Chicago’s violence. Woodlawn is poor and black and has been for ages. Jonylah may or may not have died because of gang-related violence. She definitely was a victim of segregation-related violence."
Read more of Steve Bogira’s piece here.

"The jury’s still out on whether the shooting [that killed six-month-old Jonylah Watkins] was gang related. But even if it proves to have been, is that all we need to know?"

"The perpetual focus on whether a crime is gang related ignores another common-denominator that’s an even greater factor in Chicago’s violence. Woodlawn is poor and black and has been for ages. Jonylah may or may not have died because of gang-related violence. She definitely was a victim of segregation-related violence."

Read more of Steve Bogira’s piece here.

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