Promoting ignorance in the form of taking away internet access is not good. Sure, people use social media for shoddy things. But, people also use the internet to organize community events, discuss the same way we're discussing now, and to learn in general. Taking away the internet from those with already limited resources will only make this problem worse.
My theory is this; until there is a way for people in Chicago to support their families in a way that does not including drug dealing or the gang lifestyle, this will always be a problem. Not only is this an issue because of the lack of jobs, but it also is an issue of schools not preparing students to take on jobs (or pursue further education so that they can.) But, the schools aren't the only ones to blame. A student's success begins (and ends) at home. So how do we fix it?Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Invest in social services. Either get parents help with drug issues and financial problems so that their kids have a stable environment. If parents can't get over their issues, take their kids away. I'm not a fan of this, but I'd rather have a kid in foster care than to force them to live with a parent who spends their money on drugs, or worse, gets high with their child. (Every year, Chicago schools sees more and more kids with drug addictions. Not just weed, I'm talking heroine and crack.)
2. Bring more jobs to Chicago. It doesn't have to be much, but make it so that people can make more than they would dealing on the streets. (Most dealers don't make more thab minimum wage anyways.) With the opportunity for employment, parents would have motivation to stay clean and get jobs, rather than just staying on public assistance.
3. Stop wasting police resources on drug arrests. Yes, its an issue, but drugs will always be in this country. Its just a fact. Spend those resources going after violent offenders instead, and make seizures of cash/guns the motivation for drug operations, not just "dope on the table." Stop bothering arresting gang leaders, as well. This increases instability in a neighborhood. Unless they're overtly ordering violence, make the gangs fall apart from lack of new recruits...not by chopping one of the heads off a three headed snake.
4. Last, but not least, INVEST IN SCHOOLS. They just closed a ridiculous amount of schools, not only reducing the amount of resources that students have, but also putting them in very real danger by forcing them to walk through foreign neighborhoods (and even though some are right next to each other, trust me when I say that for some kids, they are completely foreign.) Im 99% sure that Chicago is currently having one of the worst truancy issues in the country because of Rahm's dumb moves. With no school, kids are just gonna be hanging out around their neighborhood, looking for a way to get money..that leads to gangs.
It's a large issue, and I don't claim to have the answers. But I think this would be a good start.
1. Invest in social services to support students and their families, but remove students from the most toxic environments.
2. Bring more jobs to Chicago, so that people aren't motivated to deal to support themselves.
3. Stop wasting police resources on drugs. Go after violence.
4. INVEST IN SCHOOLS.