This three part series from AJ+ shows how racism and segregation play a part in creating the environment for violence to be out of control in parts of Chicago.
Black and Latino students are suffering the most from the inequity in Chicago’s public schools. In recent years, the school system has suffered numerous setbacks, from staff layoffs to school closures. But there’s little talk about where the beleaguered system’s problems come from: years of segregation in the city.
AJ+ spent a day on the South Side of Chicago with Ja’Mal Green, a popular activist who’s fighting to take back the narrative in the Auburn Gresham and Englewood neighborhoods. Ja’Mal wants to redefine his community as something more than a place of violence and devastation.
The common narrative of Chicago is one of violence, homicides and guns. But there’s a lot more to Chi-Town than mainstream media would lead us to believe.