How Trump’s concern trolling about Black crime is a trap for well-meaning progressives

In a sign of things to come for Black communities under the new administration, President Trump threatened federal intervention to address the “carnage” that is Chicago’s gun violence in a tweet last Tuesday night:

 

Though what he meant by “send in the Feds” is still unclear, Trump has used Chicago’s violence in the past to justify “tough on crime” policies that cause even further harm to the very communities experiencing the brunt of this violence. One can expect his threatening fix to once again be just more anti-Black violence in a cheap disguise.

Trump Threatens To Send The Feds Into Chicago

President Donald Trump has strategically used the gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides as a means to convince the public that urban areas are home to “carnage” and practically begging for more policing. Last night, he continued to push this narrative as he tweeted that he’d “send in the Feds!” if the city doesn’t do something. 

Chicago Officer Shoots Unarmed Man, Gets Stripped Of Powers

If this headline sounds familiar, you’re not mistaken. This isn’t the first time that a Chicago Police Department officer has shot an unarmed citizen and been disciplined as an investigation is conducted.

The latest officer to lost their police powers is the result of a fatal shooting on the city’s Northwest side on Monday. 

Demonstrators Carry 750 Crosses Down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile for 2016’s Homicide Victims

A section of Chicago’s Michigan Ave. commonly referred to as the Magnificent Mile was used to demonstrate just how traumatic 2016 was for many of the city’s residents.

On Saturday, the last day of 2016, demonstrators matched down the street in Chicago’s downtown carrying 750 crosses, each representing a homicide victim of the year. Each cross listed a name, age and number to signify the order of their passing. 

‘For the People’: The Radical Artists Collective Repping Chicago Movements [INTERVIEW]

For the People Artists Collective (FTP) is entering a new season. This past year, their actions and art supported the successful #ByeAnita campaign, which advocated against the re-election of former State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, for her role in the Laquan McDonald video cover-up. The video showed the young black man being shot 16 times by Chicago Police.

I chatted with Monica Trinidad, an artist and organizer living in Chicago, and a co-founder of the FTP collective. She reflected on where FTP has been and where the group hopes to go in the future. She emphasized to me that FTP has a message: that art is an essential component of organizing and that organizing is, itself, an art.

A Discussion with Mariame Kaba On The #ByeAnita Campaign and Grassroots Organizing

There are very few activists today who can boast the experience and accomplishments of Mariame Kaba. The New York native, whose work brought her to Chicago for over 20 years, is an educator, organizer, and curator whose work “focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.” She has worked tirelessly to create a more just world for marginalized communities. And now, Kaba has created a video about the Chicago effort to successfully oust Anita Alvarez, the ex-State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who lost her Democratic primary to Kim Foxx in March 2016.

We had the chance to ask Kaba about her work on this campaign, her reasons for creating the video, and what the implications are for social organizing today.