Narratives are important. They frame perception, and perception often times has a strong influence on tangible elements like public policy, and the value that society attributes to entities and certain groups of individuals.
Inner-city Chicago’s notorious reputation for being violent leads many outsiders to believe the neighborhoods of the South and West Side of the city are in constant danger, filled with a generation of lost cause youth neglected by inattentive adults, and that walking into one of these communities puts your life in immediate jeopardy.
While community groups like Slow Roll Chicago, and BUILD Chicago are not naive to city’s problems when it comes to violent crimes, they are leading the charge on the positive culture that surrounds Chicago that is almost entirely overlooked. They are busting the myth about the aforementioned false narratives about these parts of the city. TRUE Fit was more than grateful to spend time with them this past Saturday and provide a highlight of what great parts of the city of Chicago has to offer.