Rahm Emanuel, who has been the mayor of Chicago since 2011, has recently faced criticism after he commented on the increasing violence in his city. After a particularly bloody weekend, he declined to speak about police staffing and strategy, and instead called for a moral reevaluation in violent Chicago neighborhoods. He stated "“This may not be politically correct, but I know the power of what faith and family can do. … Our kids need that structure. … I am asking … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.” Some have taken offense at his notion that a moral compass is what Chicago needs and are claiming that he is blaming the victims, and subsequently some people are even calling for his resignation.
Although Emanuel is a Democrat, the criticisms have come from both parties. Kwame Raoul, a Democratic state senator, stated “I think for the mayor to make a generalization about a community is...outright wrong...We have communities that have not been invested in. We have communities where mental health services have been depleted. We have communities that have suffered as a result of the budget impasse in Springfield. All of these combined, along with the closing of schools, what does one expect?"
I personally think that his comments are inaccurate and don't address many of the real issues that Raoul mentions. People who murder others are definitely lacking in morals, but at some point "family and faith" is not enough to curb violence. There will always be bad apples, and education and more police staffing and funding can help address violence better than generalizations. What do you think? Is a lack of morals to blame, or something else?