Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Anna Terwiel
This thesis attempts to re-think the way lawmakers, policy makers, and everyday Chicagoans look at and talk about gun violence in Chicago. I attempt to do this by taking a historical approach where Chicago's history of housing and police discrimination against its black communities is outlined. In doing this, I seek to show that many of the factors that are driving violence in the city's black neighborhoods - such as legal cynicism and concentrated inequalities - were created by this discriminatory past. Urban gun violence in Chicago is heavily concentrated in and driven by its black neighborhoods. After taking a history approach, we will see there is a reason for this: racial discrimination. A new anti-racist perspective of Chicago's violence will follow which, I argue, makes us see black gun violence perpetrators as more than just criminals but victims of an unequal racial divide created by a racist past. The public policy solutions that follow from this new perspective - specifically anti-violence programs - will be discussed.
Bilicic, Christopher, "Understanding the Complexities and Origins of Gun Violence in Chicago". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2021.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/866
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