Documentary director Will Robson-Scott kept his opinion, voice and face out of this film interviewing the citizens of Chicago’s South and West Sides about a steadily rising murder rate. The video begins with a fact: “4,265 US citizens have been killed in Chicago since 2001. This is 2.5 times more than in the Afghanistan war zone.”
Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy said, “We see more guns than anyone else in the country.” Mark Lamont Hill of Huffington Post said, “Chicago’s murder rate is four times that of New York City, twice that of Los Angeles, yet despite these record numbers, very little attention is being paid in the mainstream media.”
“In ten years, I want to be in a big house, my family out the hood, ain’t gotta worry about nothin’. Sleep good, and I ain’t gotta worry about nothin’, bein’ shot at, none of that.”
Pictured below, far left, 18 year old Chief Keef is the most successful rapper from Chicago’s South Side. It’s just one image from one night on Keef’s popular Instagram.
“Yes, the music has got a little bit to do with the violence. Because you gotta remember, all these guys that’s making music now, was gang members, first.”
“Chicago was always a violent place. As time go on, it just got more and more violent because the attitude changed to… now, everybody don’t give no fuck.
Ain’t no leaders out here, ain’t nobody accountable for they actions. You can do what the fuck you want, basically. Without repercussions, without no leaders tellin’ you sit your ass down or beatin’ your ass for doing something out of order, niggas just do what the fuck they wanna do.”
“Yeah. I got popped in the head. Real shit, man, this shit is real out here, man. Fifteen years old. This shit is deep, joe.”
“It ain’t no love in the heart of this city, man. It’s just open season.”