As is well documented, the City of Chicago should be a gun-free zone, boasting the most stringent gun control laws on the books. Ironically, the City is a "killing field" with chidren of rival drug dealing gangs targeted for assassination. The recent fatal shooting of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old boy living on the City's South Side, has justifiably increased the anxiety of those who live in this area.
The sad and tragic reality is that violence is a way of life in the City of Chicago. But it's now impacting the way business is being conducted in the Windy City: Corporations must now exercise an abundance of caution before sending employees into the City's most violent neighborhoods.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department sent out an alert stating there was the potential for violence on Wednesday in the City's Grand Crossing neighborhood. In response, Comcast resheduled Wednesday's appointments to ensure its technicians health and safety. In a statement, the company said:
We postponed jobs and are working on rescheduling for a later date. We proactively reached out to customers and are working with them to reschedule the appointments. We serve this area and all of Chicago every day. We do hundreds of thousands of visits to homes and businesses every year and we are committed to serving this area and the rest of the city as we have for many years.
Suffice it to say, Comcast's decision didn't sit well with Fr. Pfleger who posted the company's decision in Facebook. "It's insulting and its unacceptable," he said in an interview:
Fr. Pfleger expressed his opinion prior to the arrival of Comcast technicians at St. Sabina's ~4:00 p.m. on Wednesday to fix the problem with the Internet connection at the the jobs center.
"Unacceptable" and "insulting"?
The Motley Monk would observe the fact that the Windy City's citizens are being compelled to co-exist with gangs and their violence. That their health and safety are under constant threat is what's "completely unacceptable." Why hasn't Mayor Emanuel done something to confronted the gangs directly and stop the violence? Why hasn't President Obama stepped in and put an end to the killing field in his hometown? That's what's "insulting." Don't "Black lives matter"?
However, Fr. Pfleger's insinuation that Comcast is, at a minimum, being overly sensitive to gang violence or, at a maximum, is using racial profiling to discriminate against people living in high-crime areas, like the Grand Crossing neighborhood.
Couldn't the simple and straightforward fact be that Comcast has rightly placed the health and safety of its employees ahead of providing service to its customers? Why should Comcast send them into high-crime areas to make repairs, especially after the police have issued an alert concerning gang activity?
Perhaps Fr. Pfleger's conduct represents nothing more than yet another example of hyper-sensitivity. Or, perhaps more accurately and, as Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel once famously opined, of "not letting a good crisis go to waste" in the effort to propagandize one's views despite what the truth may be.
Let the discussion begin...
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