First There was New Fallujah – Now There’s Chiraq

Most of us on the right understand when someone speaks of New Fallujah, they mean the city of Detroit. It was so named due to the decay and violence that has befallen the city for years.

But as far as violence goes, no city can hold a candle to Chicago – that is, until recently, when, I believe, the city of Baltimore hit the per capita murder record. But the Baltimore violence was manufactured from recent events, namely the death of Freddie Gray, and the overblown, trumped up charges (in my opinion) by the race-hustling Mayor and prosecutor.

In other words, at the end of the day, Chicago will remain the undisputed champion of black on black violence.

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Now many, if not most, on the left simply refuse to acknowledge Chicago’s problems. They simply ignore them or change the subject when the topic is broached.

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However, one such liberal who is not shying away is filmmaker Spike Lee, whose latest movie is about the gangs and violence plaguing the streets of Chicago. His film is entitled “CHI-RAQ,” as Lee recently tweeted – combining Chicago and Iraq.

Needless to say, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is livid over the name – portraying his fair city as no better and no safer than some war-torn Iraqi hell hole. Seems to me that Mr. Lee is right. The only difference seems to be geography, and possibly indoor plumbing.

And CNN reports that in Lee’s corner is the movie’s cast, all Hollywood liberals, such as “Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack,
Jeremy Piven, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, and even South Side native and songstress Jennifer Hudson.”

But the Mayor and other city officials want Lee to scrap the title and replace it. “‘I was clear that I was not happy about the title,’ the mayor said about Lee. ‘I told him also there are very good people that live in Englewood [a neighborhood on Chicago’s south side] who are raising their families. There are a lot of positive things happening in Englewood.'”  Really – name two. I’ll bet you can’t.

And William Burns, an Alderman from the South Side, according to CNN, was “so angry that he wants to see a reversal of tax credits given to the film.”

I’m sure he was thrilled that Spike Lee wanted to make a movie in the neighborhoods he represents and most likely approved the “tax credits.” But now that the truth may come out about the violence in Chicago and many may point to the city’s management, he wants nothing to do with it.

Alderman Burns says that it’s the gangs who coined the nickname “Chiraq,” and “the name itself is deeply troubling. They don’t view their neighborhood as Chiraq.”

And, of course, that’s what a city official would say in an effort to cover up the painful truth of Chicago. Nowhere in the CNN report were any neighborhood residents interviewed or quoted.

But Lonnae O’Neal of the Washington Post did. She found a young man at one of the neighborhood basketball courts. “Chris Weatherspoon, 17, is shooting hoops alone. He gets out early from Percy L. Julian High School to work, but ‘I ain’t found no job.’ He heard the movie was ‘supposed to be about killings and gangs. I’m not into that.’ He has no quarrel with Chi-Raq. Lee is making a movie off ‘what we call it. Technically, it’s our fault,’ he says.”

I don’t know how this movie will turn out or whether the message of the film will be the truth or merely blame everyone else for the problems of Chi-Raq – so I’ll hold my judgment until its completion. I do applaud Lee for the honest title, and just maybe he’ll see the light, as did Steven A. Smith.

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