A report suggested that so-called Liberals were alarmed and perplexed by the alarming sudden-not-rise in crime around the city. Sorry, but in my last article I detailed the reasons for the rise in homicides in Chicago: the continued disenfranchisement and abandonment of the Black community, the economy, a historically precipitous influx of guns into American society off record sales and a veritable tantrum by police. I was dubious of the report, but then spoke with one friend who say she wonders if “some Blacks aren’t getting out of hand after the whole BlackLivesMatter thing.”
I won’t name her, because the comment was private. She’ll know from reading this, and we have already had this conversation, and I said I might write a piece on it.
and it seems that a segment of those who call themselves Liberal or Progressive do hold this view. their liberalism only goes so far, ending when they feel their cell phone is in danger of being stolen. I could go off on that narrative but, in retrospect, there is a larger issue here.
There has always existed a culture of fear in this country, particularly in the white community. We saw that with the so-called white-flight during the civil rights/segregation era. That was a hysterical reaction to Black empowerment and assertions of equality on a community scale. Ignorant and reactionary, it robbed cities of sustainable tax bases and led to urban decay. American has seen that recovery from a slide to impoverished communities, stunted by a less than passionate war on poverty, and exacerbated by predatory or self-serving economic policies is monumental in overcoming.
We now have a media which is fully animated toward fear. The Republicans and their monster-headed spawn the Tea party, FOX and talk radio are blatant about using race to “Take back America.” Indeed, the Republican party has all but abandoned the “Brown” vote, as deposed rep. Joe Walsh vomits regularly. Even the weather channel is all about fear. It drips from advertising as prolifically as sex once did. Incidentally, sex still does proliferate, but in creepy old man erectile commercials.
So my advice to fellow white liberals and progressives is to ignore the fear mongering. The forest is on fire, and it is being burned by a media a co-opted candidates and stolen government built and supported by fear and division. Start attacking the fire and working to stop those setting the fires and stop worrying whether the ashes from that fire are going to hurt the resale value of your Volvo.
WC Turck is the author of more than a dozen books. He is an artist, critically acclaimed playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His latest book “<em><strong>A Tragic Fate:</strong> is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17</em>.” His first novel, “<strong>Broken</strong>” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “<strong>Everything for Love</strong>,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “<strong>Occupy my Heart</strong>” and “<strong>The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden</strong>.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He hosts “<strong>Helter Skelter</strong>” a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics on Que4 radio in Chicago. he is also an organizing board member of Chicago’s only community radio station dedicated to supporting diversity in media. Turck also hosted Revolution and Beer, with co-host Brian Murray, a weekly TV and radio show. He has been featured on radio, television and newpapers across the country, including The Thom Hartmann Show, WLS, WCPT, The Grant Cordone program, NPR, the Chicago Tribune and more. Turck also has nearly two decades experience in the airline industry, working for both Lufthansa and United Airlines. He is also an expert in Balkan and European History, Nationalism, PTSD and Issues of Genocide and Racism. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit http://www.wcturckhelterskelter.wordpress.com</em>