Tom Joyner Begs Obama to Move Back to the Southside of Chicago

Posted on 11/2/2016 2:30 PM in Politics

The library’s going to be there [in Chicago] right in Jackson Park. That’s already decided. The site’s already selected. We can’t move back to Chicago until after Sasha finishes school. All the sacrifices Malia and Sasha made for me, I want them to have stability before they graduate, so that’s going to be about two-and-a-half years.

The key is making sure we have a collective effort. There’s not going to be a single silver bullet. Some of it is that the gangs in Chicago are so splintered up now that there’s no authority. And every kid on the corner has a gun. Some of it has to do with the fact a lot of kids still don’t have anything to do other than hanging out and being involved in the drug trade.

We’ve seen programs that work. We’ve just got to double down and apply it. And we need more police. When you look at New York City, they’ve got a lot more police per person than they do in Chicago. And not just having a presence out there, but a positive presence, engaged with the community, not just sitting in a squad car and coming in after the fact.

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