This retort is getting so old. It always comes from someone who never stepped foot in Chicago. Meanwhile I was born, raised and live here. Hell, I am typing this message from here, and the news makes it seem like a war zone. I walked FIVE dogs today without so much as hearing someone curse. In all fairness, I grew up in a neighborhood that had gang fights. But I also sat on my front porch laughing and cracking jokes and eating popsicles with the kind of guys Fox News would swear were “thugs.” The dehumanizing of these young men is unreal.

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