Black People : CHIRAQ: "It is culture and environment," Arewa Karen Winters, Loury's great-aunt, told the Tribune.

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The streets were cruelly efficient to Pierre Loury. An arrest record at age 14, shot to death by police at 16. Authorities said he ran from a car that had been pulled over because it resembled a vehicle involved in an earlier shooting. He allegedly threatened an officer with a gun and was shot in the chest.

The details of Pierre Loury's death are in dispute — the family has filed suit. The story of Pierre Loury's life is more complete, thanks to a compelling Tribune account this week by reporters Alexis Myers and Jeremy Gorner.

Loury, who grew up in drug-infested North Lawndale, was a gang member on probation for his role at age 15 in an assault and robbery on a CTA train. He skipped school, stole from his family. His mother and stepfather wanted to believe in the teen's better nature but lost their hold on him — to the streets.

"It is culture and environment," Arewa Karen Winters, Loury's great-aunt, told the Tribune. Then she cited a gang coda so chillingly obvious that Loury's mother, Tambrasha Hudson, joined in for the last four words: "You gonna ride with us or we are gonna hurt you and hurt your family."

Loury was killed April 11. A few days later, Chicago passed the 1,000 mark for shooting victims this year — a pace faster than those of the previous few years. Last weekend's casualties totaled 51 shot, eight fatally. It is a horrifying, unfathomable roll call: Nathan Hicks, 16, shot in the chest on a sidewalk in East Garfield Park. Andres Rivera, 58, felled by an apparent stray bullet to the head at his dinner table in Archer Heights …

There have been about 200 homicides this year, a pace 50 percent higher than that of 2015. To tease apart the risk factors that put Pierre Loury and many others on the thin margin between safety and violence is discouraging. His great-aunt's insight — "it is culture and environment" — speaks to social and economic currents that run deep through the history of troubled Chicago neighborhoods.

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Actually it's long overdue that we stopped seeing ourselves as victims (rather than just empower those who also prey on other blacks in our midst by default)!!!

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All way back during the eras of slavery and segregation:

Our plight has been falsely characterized of us being unable or unwilling to save ourselves...

The facts easily dispute that: Either by black resistance among enslaved black people or black grassroots black grassroots efforts to end segregation...

Also the black led Urban Rebellions reflect all of the above..

Please do consider more positive means to express how you feel and
also more progressive means that you also hope will empower us ( who also seek to end halt black homicides) etc

fyi
 

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Actually it's long overdue that we stopped seeing ourselves as victims (rather than just empower those who also prey on other blacks in our midst by default)!!!

fyi

On point brutha Chuck. For decades the so called black leaders has instilled in many of us that we were the victims, and someone else was to blame for our lot in life. Also I grew up in the chi, in the Robert Taylor jects. I can tell you that if you was about going to school, and didn't associate with the gangs, or engage in the things the things they did, you were basically left alone. It's too many past, and current examples to prove what I say is true.

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Also the real issues originate with who actually condone (not condemn) what the real bad guys do to make a buck...

And, only because of its misleading fantasy tripping is gangsta rap becoming a issue, whereas real white gangsters were (or are the problem) in many U. S. cities...

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