This American Life spent 5 months at a high school in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhood. Here’s what they learned.
Murder rate reports based on 2011 data show that Chicago actually had a 2% decrease. Except in Englewood. Rates there shot up 40%. Often youth shooting youth. Often blacks shooting blacks. While criminologists were right in suggesting that this is caused by gangs, what we know of gangs has changed drastically even within the past 5-10 years. This American Life wanted to discover “what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances.” To Englewood they went. Here are the 6 rules. Listen to the 13-minute audio to uncover what they mean and how they’re used on a daily basis.
Rule 1: “Know your geography.”
Rule 2: “Never walk by yourself.”
Rule 3: “Never walk with someone else.”
Rule 4: “Don’t use the sidewalk.”
Rule 5: “If they shoot, don’t run.”
Rule 6: “You can be shot for reasons big and small.”