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“The Chi” examines the human cost of gun violence

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A. Andros

My favorite novelist is William Faulkner and I don't have a clue about his sexual life. I DO know that he understood, to quote from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, "The human heart in conflict with itself."

I have been told that Willa Cather was a lesbian but that neither adds nor detracts from my reading of "A Lonely Lady."
For all I know, Yeats did "it" with sheep. No matter . . it wouldn't detract from my pleasure in reading "Chuchulain's Fight With the Sea."

So . . . why, in a review of what even the essayist admits is a mediocre TV series, must readers be subjected to a long, boring and, by now, almost obligatory recital of the featured artist's sexual frolics (the poor woman almost runs out of letters of the alphabet when she describes her sexual "community.)
I want to know how well she writes.
I don't care how she fucks.


“The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” or “The world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it”.
Rather corny statements made about certain groups. Does Ms. Waithe have evidence to back this up? Gay persons, black persons, in fact any person, who believes this nonsense about the group with which they find themselves or identify, has lost touch with reality.
If this is the level of dialogue in "The Chi", how did she win an award for it? Or is this typical of much of society, where even losers must go home with a prize just for participating?

R77wYfR8Qw in reply to Ronbark

I guess you do not know what you are talking about - " Replace the gun with a knife and you'll see the number of deaths tumbling".
You are trying to convince us that sharp objects are much safer. It is not about knife vs. guns, it is about the attitude people have to each other. Not much difference between Rwanda and Chicago in that aspect. After all - same folk....

Senior Commentator

This is not about gun violence but about violent people who decide to use guns for their acts of violence. People and their motivations and world views are the drivers of violence. The gun is just the accessory of choice. The Economist has a problem describing the most simple facts because it is biased by an ideology where gun violence is the cause of all evil. Before Trump there was TE.

Ronbark in reply to Senior Commentator

Its the easy access to guns that's the problem. Replace the gun with a knife and you'll see the number of deaths tumbling. Its relatively easy to point and shoot from a distance. But picture a knifing incident where the sheer vulnerability of the victim is up close and in full sight of the attacker. Besides, potential victims of a knife attack may often see an escape route and make a run for it.


First, guns are not violent, people are violent. People are violent because they have a failed culture. Moreover, they have a culture that enables gangs and crime. All you need to do is look at most rap music to understand that it comes from a criminal, immoral underclass.
The people living in the violent cities need to take responsibility for the demise of their communities. Stop blaming guns. Stop blaming the police. Without guns, these morons would only resort to baseball bats, knives, and the mouths of deranged Democrats.

Petey Pablo

Obligatory reminder that Chicago is only #25 on the list of cities by murder rate. Dayton, Kansas City, West Palm Beach, Baton Rouge, Birmingham and Savannah, among others, are higher.


I've lived in Chicago. If we wanted to end the "gun violence" in the city it could be accomplished by putting the city under martial law and incarcerating everybody caught committing crime. Incarcerate them in humane circumstances and force them to be educated and learn a trade. Release them if / when they are reasonably capable of living a crime-free life. That would weed out the bad apples in the city who sell drugs and kill rival drug merchants.
Most people in Chicago are law-abiding, hard-working people. But the city is so big that it is bound to have many criminals. There are so many that "routine" crimes like stealing cars have been decriminalized. Murder is a six-year sentence, at least when I lived there. So, there is not much risk to killing somebody in that city as elsewhere. Drug dealing, guns, and murders proliferate. Unfortunately, a lot of the people who get shot are innocent bystanders who happen to get caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. Mothers in dangerous parts of town put their babies in old-fashioned steel bath tubs to prevent their being hit by stray bullets.
The disorder in some parts of that city was justify military occupation and martial law.


Pardon me, Prospero, but the South Side is not a "neighborhood" in Chicago. That would be like calling Brooklyn a "neighborhood" of New York. While the South Side as an idea is often subject to the prejudice in the national consciousness you mention in the article, to reduce it to such in your article does a disservice to all. Please revise.


“LENA WAITHE did not squander her moment. “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” she told the audience in Los Angeles, as she became the first black woman”

Love it- what goes for diversity- in the first sentence the subject of the article about how important being different is, and the difference that sticks the writer of this article... her skin color and maybe her genitalia.

Diversity in our society is but skin & waist deep. What a shallow culture we live in!

Hedgefundguy in reply to Langosta

"The Chi" is just fictional writing.
Something for the author to make money without having an impact on the society or culture.
I guess it's supposed to be on pay TV, so I'll never see it.
I do hope the story follows the beliefs of TE and has a multicultural cast.