Human Thread Center

1200 W. 35th St, 5th Floor

United States

“Chiraq” in the Wake of Trayvon: Reality or Hyperbole?

Event Details

6:00pm – 7:00pm


HumanThread Center
1200 W 35th Street 5th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60609


Fee: Free, open to the public.

Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune reporter, and Malcolm London, poet and teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors, will be participating in this discussion.

Chicago Tribune: “What’s in a nickname? It could be a lot” by Lolly Bowean

“The teenagers who live among the persistent sirens, screams and gunshots in Briana Lawrence’s Englewood neighborhood have their own name for Chicago: ‘Chiraq.’ The term sums up their feeling that navigating their community at times feels like walking through a war zone”

Questions for Consideration

How has the Zimmerman verdict changed your understanding of what it means to be young and Black in America? What does the term “Chiraq” suggest about the serious issues facing Chicago’s communities of color? How does the term help or hurt our efforts to prevent and stop violence in our communities? Has the media paid enough attention to the violence that young Chicagoans of color face — whose stories are being told and whose aren’t? How might it be problematic to compare Chicago’s violence to the violence taking place in war zones globally?

Want to learn more?

Huffington Post: 54 People Were Shot Dead In Chicago During The George Zimmerman Trial
Chicagoist: Is The Term ‘Chiraq’ Offensive?
Chicago Magazine: Why Is the Media More Interested in Goerge Zimmerman Than Chicago Violence?
The Epoch Times: Chicago Shootings: 72 Shot, 12 Dead in ‘Chiraq’ Over July 4 Weekend
Common Dreams: Being Young and Black in America

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