I found this article online earlier. I think this is an EXCELLENT example of what I was talking about in my post a couple of weeks ago. We shouldn’t be attacking legal gun owners because of violence, we should be attacking the culture. These rappers who sing about sex, drugs, murder, and God only knows what else. Look how much of an effect it had on Memorial Day weekend! That’s just…wow. I’m speechless.
It could be quite difficult to talk about Chicago and not have to mention the gun violence that is rampant in the city. On any given day, reports about a gun-related crime can be found on news media sites. The numbers might ebb and flow, but crimes involving guns are never absent.
Everyone from the government down has tried to address the issue without any tangible success. Every attempt at curbing the violence in the streets of the Windy City hasn’t accounted for much.
It came as quite a surprise, therefore, when it was reported that a rapper had succeeded in curbing the violence – for a while at least – and that he had used nothing more than Twitter (for the most part) to do it.
Chicago’s own, Chance the Rapper, has been credited with quieting the city’s streets for 42 consecutive hours. He started the Twitter campaign with his father. Using the hashtag #SaveChicago, their aim was to prevent shooting deaths in the city during the whole of Memorial Day weekend.
Apart from Twitter, the rapper also made use of radio stations and community organizations to get his message across. And it looked like it was extremely successful, because for 42 straight hours not a single person died due to gunshot wounds.
Starting from May the 27th, Chance Tweeted:
“When I was in LA My pops asked me to help with a project. He was tryin to get Community Org’s in CHI to prevent every murder on Memorial Day”
“He had talked to Churches, Schools, Outreach Prog’s and Business’s, trying to get them to commit to saving every life possible yesterday. The plan was to get these mass numbers of people out on street corners Friday night with posters and banners with the plea “#SAVECHICAGO.”
“His plan was to get radio stations like @WGCI and @Power92Chicago to say “PUT YOUR GUNS DOWN CHICAGO” every hour on the hour the wk before. all he asked of me was to say something on social media. and so i did ambiguously through tweets that hinted at an album, or a song #MAY23rd.”
Victoriously, Chance Tweeted:
“And even though I was outta town I checked in constantly. Come to FIND OUT WE WENT 42 HOURS FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY NIGHT W/O ONE SHOOTING.”
Sadly, the good news came to an end when, on Monday, a man was killed and seven others were wounded.