A movement has been started to end the widespread use of the term “Chiraq,” a combination of the words Chicago and Iraq.
The movement called “Anti-Chiraq” drew a fiery response from East Side native Lil Herb.
Herb, who makes a guest feature in Nicki Minaj’s track “Chi-raq,” cited his hometown’s murder statistics as his reasoning for continuing the use of the word.
“MAN F*CK ALL DAT ANIT CHIRAQ WE DONT CONDONE IT BULLSH*T ITS CHIRAQ THE MURDER RATE IN CHICAGO WAS HIGHER THAN IRAQ FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW ITS KILL OR BE KILLED IM FROM CHIRAQ NOLIMIT MB #150 ROCBLOCK N*GGAS KILLING N*GGAS AND B*TCHES SUCKIN ON D*CKS IS BOTH SINS,” the caption on his IG post read.
Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for decades. Chicagoans have dubbed the Windy City “Chiraq” for its high rate of violence. Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.
Chicago has been under the national spotlight after ranking number one in the number of homicides recorded in 2012, according to a report released by the FBI.
There were 506 murder victims in the Windy City in 2012. There were 421 homicides recorded in 2013, about a 20 percent drop.
Chicago saw its fewest murders in the first quarter of 2014 since 1958. This is most likely due to the city experiencing one of its harshest winters this season.
Children continue to be the victims in the shootings in the south and west sides of the city.
Easter weekend was no different with gun violence leaving nine people dead and 35 wounded.
Tymisha Washington, 11, and four other children, were shot upon leaving a park.
A car of four occupants pulled up and asked if the children were in a gang.
Jamante White, who was shot in the leg, recalled the gunmen not giving the group an opportunity to respond.
“They never gave us a chance to speak,” the 14-year-old boy told NBC Chicago. “They just started shooting.
Tymisha was hit by two bullets. One bullet hit her chin and another punctured a lung and broke her collarbone. She was transported to Stroger Hospital where she was listed in critical condition.
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