According to the Chicago Tribune, nearly 2,300 people have been shot and 424 were killed in Chicago from January 1 to October 24, 2019. In the new Fox Nation show, “The New Battle for Chicago,” Chicago native and Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell puts faces and names behind these horrific numbers in urban Chicago.
Caldwell appeared on the Fox News show, “Fox and Friends”, on Tuesday to reveal what he found after speaking to dozens of city residents, including gang members and drug dealers.
“One of the guys in your story is no longer with us, what happened to him?” asked “Fox and Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
“I met this young man, he seemed like he had some hope, he could potentially do great things with his life, but he was a part of the gang life,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell offered him an opportunity, saying “If I were able to get you a job would you get out the life?” He said “Yes”. The sad reality is that three months later he was killed.
According to Fox News in this new Fox Nation piece, Caldwell delved into the feelings of hopelessness in the Black community and his own troubled upbringing in Chicago, including his mother’s struggle with drug addiction that nearly took her life.
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There seems to be no progress in a city ran historically by a regime of democratic, liberal policy. I too was born and raised in Chicago, on what is known as the “west side”. I grew up in the single-mother household (with the help of a stepfather) but primarily the perseverance of a dedicated mother and a compassionate grandmother. I personally have friends who have surrendered their lives to the streets and their souls to the violence of gangs.
Last month, President Trump visited my hometown of Chicago to speak at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. Due to politics the city’s top cop, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, did not attend this event in protest of the President.
Trump has been publicly criticizing Chicago leadership since 2016 for allowing the violence to become one of the worst in the world, earning the title in 2015 as America’s mass-shooting capital.
In response to Trump’s criticism of the city’s liberal leadership, Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot tweeted saying, “It’s no surprise that @realDonaldTrump brought his insulting, ignorant buffoonery to Chicago. Luckily, in this city, we know the truth and we will not let anyone — no matter how high the office — denigrate who we are as a people or our status as a welcoming city.”
“Rather than belittle Chicago’s communities with hateful and dishonest rhetoric, he needs to go back to D.C. and face his fate,” wrote Lightfoot, a 57-year-old African American who was elected in May, replacing her Obama supported predecessor Rahm Emanuel.
I feel here it is clear. Liberal establishment leaders have no sense of integrity—it’s integral, regardless of party politics to admit the crime and violence rate in the city in which you run. But no, instead of making that painful admission those such as Lightfoot or Johnson must project and deny. In essence saying, “I know it’s messed up, but I don’t like you nor your policies so shut up—I will not hear you”. Again we see the pain of partisan poltiics—sacrificing the wellbeing of the collective for the network of the select few. The violence in my city should not be a partisan talking point—if anything it should be one of the few things we all agree on without question.
This new battle for Chicago is one for what’s right not what’s politically correct and until our politicians understand that they do not truly walk-in service to the citizenry but instead in stride with the establishment. and as we can see when this is done lives are lost, dreams are deferred and communities slowly destroyed.