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Episode 01


 

To Be Determined

 

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Episode 01


 

To Be Determined

 

the land of hope


So opens a 2016 Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Report about the city’s recent history of police shootings, including that of a police officer who fired 16 bullets into a teenager, 15 of them while the young man lay helpless in the street. The shock of this incident is part of a tapestry of heartbreak, anger, and fear lived day to day by the residents of majority black communities victimized by an unrelenting barrage of senseless killings by Chicago’s gang members, and, incredulously, even those charged to serve and protect. As the accountability report suggests and increasingly the editors of the nation’s newspapers have concurred, any reckoning must grapple with Chicago’s history and its current status as one of the world’s most segregated cities: hyper-segregated say social scientists, on par with South Africa’s former system of racial apartheid.

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Episode 02


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Episode 02


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missed opportunities


Opportunity after opportunity arose to erase that line—from America’s housing boom after World War II, to the fair housing act of 1968, and the recent demolition of Chicago’s public housing high rise developments, bullishly named the Plan for Transformation. Yet, decade after decade, the great majority of Chicago’s black residents found themselves confined to areas with the poorest housing, the fewest job opportunities, the least chance to accumulate family wealth—and the most fraught relations between the police and communities they are supposed to serve. How did this happen—and why?