The Growth of Violence in Urban Communities- Mobilizing a Serious Response

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Gun's seized in one raid in Chicago
Gun’s seized in one raid in Chicago

Posted on March 24, 2014

By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor

     One(1) World. Just-This Saturday and Sunday at minimum two people were killed and 19 others wounded at the end of the week disorder across Chicago, officials said. The newest occurrence took place around 4:30 a.m. when a 25-year-old husband was murdered during an obvious burglary. It’ what one sociologist describes as the income gap and like it the “crime gap” — are distinct trademarks of variation in urban America, he worries it’s only getting wider

It’s time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime, But taking residents into account, Chicago had a murder rate of 18.7 for every 100,000 people, below Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland, Cleveland — even Flint, Michigan, and Birmingham, Alabama.


At the immediate moment a few organizations call for the importance on school for children, not gangs, and formulation of school programs for children more likely to become an offender or to become victimized. This work is absolutely needed nationally, notwithstanding, children proceed home to their parents. They see their parents more than they are in school, and examining behaviors and essential tools that a child carries out into the world with him or her are carried down by parents; accordingly, more accountability in the home ought to be enforced in order to bring about more meaningful change. It is, of course, indisputable that the help of communities and schools is in need, but parents need to be thoroughly informed about wherever it is their child is going to school, work, play, etc. This is vital to know what people and their children may be facing every day and what conditions are influencing their child when he or she is not at home under their wing Example-Black, white, and Hispanic adolescents living in Urban communities with a high level of violent crime. One research study showed Adolescents (n = 225, 44% male) 11 to 19 years of age living in or around nine housing projects in an urban area were administered an anonymous questionnaire.

July 23, 2012  Lloyd Morgan killed during gunfight. Bronx, NY
July 23, 2012 Lloyd Morgan killed during gunfight. Bronx, NY

For instance, The Wall street Journal reported sadly, on July 23, 2012 that Lloyd Morgan, a little boy, was playing on the playground and was shot in the head during a gunfight on a basketball court on that tragic Sunday night, in the Bronx by two gunmen fired from behind an adjacent basketball court. These stories are becoming more common everyday in communities around the world.

We must examine social and psychological factors associated with the use and non use of violence inside and outside of our communities because it is not just about attacks by strangers-Violence holds victims, families, friends, and community’s hostage. It tears neighborhoods apart or restricts them from coming together. Violence assumes numerous forms. Assaults, rapes, robberies, and homicides are directly violent, but crimes like burglary are often cloaked in violence and cause sometimes-paralyzing fear. We must know everyone in our communities. why because research shows that almost half the rapes in this country, the rapist was acquainted with the victim. In more than half the murders, the murderer and victim knew each other said, Gregg L Greer, Senior Editor at One(1)world.

Chicago has been plagued with violence,
Chicago has been plagued with violence,

Protect and Train the Youth early to stop exposure to violence.

Mothers and fathers have to defend their children from both victimization and being victimizers, we must consider measures towards building a safe area for their children, know what their children know and who are friends with, as well as make sure to be alongside their child if they feel that their child could risk being a part of a dangerous situation. The mother suffered no injuries. This mother was present at the time of her son’s fatal playground session, and, though there is no evidence to show that she was not paying as best attention to her son as she could, this example shows that even being present and aware of surroundings is not enough when it comes to protecting a child in some dangerous parts of town. Sometimes, even more precautions ought to be taken.

When The “murder capital” headline was given to Chicago last fall after the FBI released its 2012 crime statistics and Chicago had more homicides than any other U.S. city with 503 — even more than New York, which has three times the population.

RESULTS. Self-reported use of violence was compared with exposure to violence and personal victimization, hopelessness, despair, family conflict, unwarranted corporal punishment, purpose in life, self-assessment of the probability of being alive at age 25, and age and was higher among males.

April 8, 2014 Rally in Tallahassee, Florida State Capitol (Waller Park) on Community Violence-Prevention

Community Involvement can change the panorama of violence.

A few years ago-The residents of Seattle, Washington, led by their mayor, have started a citywide crusade against violence. One key component is Partners Against Youth Violence an alliance of more than two dozen agencies and organizations seeking “to prevent youth gun violence by educating the community, specifically young people and their parents, about the importance of youth gun possession and associated gun violence.” Partners include major local hospital — crisis clinics, school administrators, several civic and professional groups, the prosecutor’s office, the city council, the state medical association, and the police department’s crime prevention — youth, D.A.R.E., and school safety units.

It’s easy to say you’re against violence. But actively working to make peace in your community is a little more difficult. It means you understand what violence is. And you know it when you see it.

What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA, Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)

Make the decision to:

•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;

•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;

•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;

•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;

•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;

•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example

Remembering Dr. King's nonviolence approach
Remembering Dr. King’s nonviolence approach

It been longer than 30 years since Dr. King, who spoke so eloquently in support of nonviolence, was himself a victim of homicide. In the years since, many hundreds of interventions have been developed and implemented in isolation from one another. The time has come to realize that successful violence prevention involves multiple interventions and multiple partners. It is time for those from all fields of study interested in violence prevention to come together and do the hard work of thinking through a comprehensive solution. GlG##

One World 

Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker,  Pastor, Life Coach, and Social Activist. Gregg Greer is the Senior Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at

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