Gang Violence in Chicago Overshadows Obama’s Bid for Olympics

The video footage showing 16-year-old Derrion Albert sustaining a brutal beating leading to his death is quite disturbing to say the least. Hopefully, it will, however, help Chicago police prosecute his killers. It’s a bit ironic that President Obama would be stumping for Chicago in the race for the Olympics today. I’m certainly not saying that the city doesn’t deserve to host the games or that this type of unfortunate incident doesn’t happen in other areas around the U.S. The point is that the Summer Olympics aren’t that important. Period.

With all that’s going on in America, the potential but fleeting economic growth that the Olympics might provide is inconsequential. What struggling areas need is fundamental change which could spur long-term gains in living standards.

The death of Derrion Albert should be seen not only as an unnecessary travesty, but also as a signal to policymakers that treating symptoms instead of dealing with the roots of problems does not work. Many in society need help in building a better life. Token welfare-based gestures do not suffice.

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2 Responses to “Gang Violence in Chicago Overshadows Obama’s Bid for Olympics”

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