Chicago Artist Forces Us to Take Another Look at Murders

Jul. 8, 2013 / By



The NorthStar News, News Feature, Frederick H. Lowe

Every Monday morning, Chicago’s newspapers, television and radio stations never fail to bring readers, viewers and listeners the latest news about murders and shootings in Chicago’s two other worlds–the South and West Sides.

One reporter jokingly told his editor that murder was a natural cause of death for black men on the South Side.

The repetitive news that one group of black men either has been murdered or wounded by another group of black men or shot to death by the Chicago police, deadens the minds and emotions of readers, viewers and listeners about the tragic daily occurrences. The grisly events, however, generate excitement in newsrooms because the publications, television and radio stations have a lead story for Monday, the beginning of a new week.

“It has gotten to the point that the murders and shootings don’t mean anything, or people ask what I can do?” says Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta-based artist.

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