The city of Chicago is in crisis, as gun violence continues to claim the lives of several victims. As Hip-Hop Wired previously reported, murder rates have increased in the city by 38 percent, and with countless new reports of shooting deaths, local leaders are calling on the help of the Nation of Islam and Mr. Louis Farrakhan to spread the word of peace.
Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois—an organization aimed at violence prevention—revealed to News One that he has been in contact with Farrakhan for the forthcoming “peace summit,” to be held at Mosque Maryam. “African American youth are crying out for help in the form of violence,” Hardiman said. “They don’t know how to settle disputes. The average coward can shoot an unarmed person. Cowards who catch someone off guard are doing most of the killing. They just shoot someone in the head and keep going. They don’t care who gets caught in the crossfire. We have to change that mind-set.”