Any Given Day in BRA

8 04 2018

Chicago

It’s the cycling gap!

Let’s get into this:

Chicago is making strides in getting more black and brown people on bikes, but the Windy City isn’t moving fast enough, according to local activist Oboi Reed. His solution: “bike libraries.”

If he wants black people to use them, maybe he should have picked a word other than “library.”

Reed is the co-founder of Slow Roll Chicago, an offshoot of Slow Roll Detroit. Both groups host community rides to get more people of color cycling. In December 2017, Reed resigned from Slow Roll to focus on his new nonprofit, Equiticity, with an expanded mandate to tackle racial equity, increased mobility, and racial justice in biking. Now he’s working on a program that would give low-to-moderate-income residents the opportunity to borrow a bike—for free—from a community organization, for up to three months.

You’ll never see those bikes again, Oboi.

But Equiticity’s agenda only begins with bike libraries: Reed sees that program as just one first step toward creating a safe, discrimination-free environment to ride. He hopes to mobilize black and brown Chicagoans to join his pursuit for equity—which, to him, means “the fair, just distribution of resources explicitly targeting and prioritizing the people who need it most and who are in the position to benefit most,” he said. “In our city, that’s communities of color.”

Nobody ever biked their way to freedom.

Reed thinks that bike libraries might offer a homegrown alternative to Divvy’s model, which allows eligible Chicagoans to borrow the bike just like a book from a library. Similar collectives have popped up in other cities, from London to Santa Cruz to Iowa City, but this would be Chicago’s first.

And when hardly anyone ever returns their borrowed bikes, it will be the last time any such thing is tried in any Dinduistan.

The bike library program is only the first prong of Equiticity’s plan. The organization will also address another barrier to cycling for black and brown residents: police harassment.

Chicago is well known for the broken relationship between communities of color and the police. Reed points to the furor over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and reports that police disproportionately target black people for minor transgressions like jaywalking and riding bikes on sidewalks.

Those bad ole days are long gone. Now, the official criminal justice system in Chicago is a revolving door if your body is black.

Last year, Reed began pushing for equity in Chicago’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate all death and serious injury from traffic crashes in the city by 2026. Echoing activists in other cities, Reed said he “ferociously” disagrees with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel planned and implemented the city’s Vision Zero approach, which emphasizes stepped-up law enforcement. That could disproportionately penalize Chicago’s lower-income communities of color, who are themselves more likely to be victims of traffic violence.

And also more likely to be perpetrators of the kind of “traffic violence” (there’s a new one) which they are victims. I’ve stated here that Natural Bridge Avenue through the city of St. Louis just might be the most violent place in the world that is not part of a known war zone or civil collapse zone. For much the same reason, Natural Bridge Avenue through the city is really bad about “traffic violence,” including illicit drag racing. So much so, that MoDOT and various city officials are collaborating on a PSA campaign to try to get the dindus to cut it out. MoDOT is involved because, technically, Natural Bridge through the city is a state highway, part of a sweetheart deal between MoDOT and the city a few years back where MoDOT would classify come major city boulevards as state routes so that MoDOT could pay for pavement maintenance, signal maintenance and sundries, because the city’s finances are tight.

In response, Reed presented the mayor’s office with nine requests to restructure the program to include more community involvement and ensure that traffic law enforcement is equitable across the city.

Summation: Reed wants to give free stuff to black people and also wants to make them exempt from consequences for their behavior. That could be any day in BRA.

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The Chicago Way

21 03 2018

Chicago

If this doesn’t speak volumes on a couple of levels.

S-T:

Feds: Man helped bring gun to Chicago that was later used to kill Tyshawn Lee

Federal authorities have accused a Chicago man of helping bring to the city the weapon used in the execution-style killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee.

Anthony Morgan, 31, faces four gun charges in a federal indictment filed last week.

(snip)

The prosecutor tried to convince Cole to keep Anthony Morgan locked up Monday, but Cole put him on home detention. He also agreed to let Anthony Morgan go back to his job at the U.S. Postal Service, where his mother also works.

And…I’ll let all of you in the peanut gallery take it from there.

ICYMI, Tyshawn Lee was murdered because his father was ganged up, and a rival ‘banger lured him into a back alley on his walk home from school and plugged him nine times, purely because of who his father was.  Tyshawn’s mother, a typical ghetto whore, scammed GFM out of a few pretty pennies, presumably for the boy’s funeral, when it turned out that Pfleger’s church did that for free, and she knew that was going to be the case before she started the GFM, and she used the money to buy herself an almost brand new car (“CAAAAAA” — Carla Lee), which she wrecked within two years of buying it, and a trip to Vegas, where she gambled away the rest of the money.  To beat all, at the time of his murder, Tyshawn wasn’t living with either his mother or father, he was living with one of his grandmothers.





But I’ve Been Told Not to Care About Optics

11 03 2018

Chicago

Instapundit, earlier today:

The “Shot” article leads with this photo:

And ends with this text:

Reverend Jesse Jackson participated in early voting in the hopes of leading by example. Early voting began last week for Cook County.

Not that he really cares, but if I was Jesse Jackson, I’m not so sure I want my name mashed up with these optics.

Even though I keep hearing from certain people in our sector that I’m not supposed to care about optics.

 





The Dynamo of Bell Curve City

5 03 2018

Chicago

They’re trying to figure out how to stop it.

Since those trying to figure it out are named Dodge Dart and Toni Prickwinkle, you know the solution won’t involve punishing anyone.  Which means it won’t be much of a solution at all.

For you newbies, here’s what I mean by “dynamo of bell curve city.”





Trimmer’s Back

28 02 2018

Chicago

This kind of thing was heavily muted during his Presidency.

But his lack of “real negro” credentials was a row in the years before he became a national political figure, (remember Bobby Rush and 2000?), and now that he’s in his post-Presidency years, it’s starting to come back.

It should be noted that Obama’s political career was incubated in the venue and machine of rich white and Jewish Chicago urban gentrification and corporate interests, those interests have always been on the lookout for “magic negroes” as PR fronts, hence, Obama, and Valerie Jarrett.  The “real” blacks of Chicago, the “real” community activists, have never failed to realize this.  It’s just like I wrote above, they stuck a sock in it when the idea that he could actually become President of the United States became credible, and during his actual Presidency.

It should also be noted that, this year, someone from that machine, J.B. Pritzker, is running for Illinois Governor.  As should be obvious to anyone in St. Louis that has been watching TV in the last several weeks, the Pritzker campaign is buying heavily downstate, but we know where his heart lies.





Chicago Values

16 02 2018

Chicago

No honor among thieves, n’est pas?

Jail officials said they were going to forward video of the “despicable” action by up to five inmates to prosecutors so it could be considered in any potential sentencing.

“Prosecutors,” as in State’s Attorney Kim Foxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.  She’ll probably use this to ask the judges for even more lenient punishments.  Also remember we’re talking about a jail run by Dodge Dart who in turn works for Toni Prickwinkle, so all three of them were probably cheering right along with the jailbirds.





Three Passes

15 02 2018

Chicago

Let’s pick this up in the last four paragraphs:

Even when the straw purchasers are prosecuted, the punishments are often much more lenient than the public might expect. Last year, Simone Mousheh purchased four weapons for $600 each and sold two to a man with Chicago gang ties. She was sentenced to 12 months probation, 15 days in the Cook County sheriff’s work alternative program and ordered to pay $679 in fines.

A lot of gun control advocates and progressives think they support this idea, until they realize who would get hit hardest by tougher prosecution. As my colleague Kevin Williamson wrote:

I visited Chicago a few years back to write about the city’s gang-driven murder problem, and a retired police official told me that the nature of the people making straw purchases — young relatives, girlfriends who may or may not have been facing the threat of physical violence, grandmothers, etc. — made prosecuting those cases unattractive. In most of those cases, the authorities emphatically should put the straw purchasers in prison for as long as possible. Throw a few gangsters’ grandmothers behind bars for 20 years and see if that gets anybody’s attention. In the case of the young women suborned into breaking the law, that should be just another charge to put on the main offender.

It is not difficult to imagine certain voices contending we need to “get tough on guns” and to be lenient with straw purchasers simultaneously, and failing to grasp the contradiction.

They have the wind to their backs in three ways:

(1) The black pass, ceteris paribus, blacks are punished less harshly than non-blacks

(2) The woman pass, ceteris paribus, women are punished less harshly than men

(3) The Crook County Pass, that because of County Executive Tony Prick-winkle and Sheriff Dodge Dart and State’s Attorney Kim Foxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wanting to keep jail populations relatively low, a lot of criminal cases are dispensed with slaps on the hand.