Chicago Bait Truck: Unraveling the Social Media Debate
criticize my brother or my sister until I have walked the trail of life in their moccasins.
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Empathy, understanding, and an aggressively nonjudgmental world outlook are essential attributes to leading social change. The metaphor of walking in the moccasins of another person before offering criticism is a remarkably useful leadership tool, as well as a moral imperative. As Robert F. Kennedy noted, “The task of leadership, the first task of concerned people, is not to condemn or castigate or deplore; it is to search out the reason for disillusionment and alienation, the rationale of protest and dissent – perhaps, indeed, to learn from it.”
The bigger picture surrounding the bait truck is the “burn” that comes with it. Taunting around merchandise that our youth can use, and/or profit from all for the sake of personal and hidden agendas is terrorizing. It’s one thing to lure a specific criminal, but targeting an entire area–one that has a noticeable record of poverty and violence, is unjust, and scandalous.
Moreso, the Chicago violence has garnered nationwide, if not, global attention. Shouldn’t the Chicago police department use this ill-placed energy to solving more of those crimes and executing preventative measures to ensuring the community’s safety?
I was able to see a lot of discussion pan out over a week-long debate. What happened in Chicago in regards to this bait truck shed light on a much heavier and deeper issue: the criminalization of black men and youth. Activists from