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A Rose From The Midwest Concrete

The gimmer of good things from the Midwest(picture courtesy

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. –Tupac Shakur

The Rose That Grew From The Concrete was a very meaningful poem by Shakur. He used the rose to symbolize a man and the concrete to symbolize his surroundings. The man rose out of the ghetto and became something beautiful. The rose takes a different meaning when it comes to the city of Chicago.

When you hear about the city of Chicago, you think of the passion of sports fans there along with the nickname the city earned, the Windy City. But over the last couple of years, Chicago has become known for something worse. The life of human beings is special, but apparently that has not been the prevailing thought in Chicago. In 2013, the Windy City had a total of 440 murders and this year it is on pace for the same, if not more murders. Chicago has been in the top three in murders since 1985, but there has been nothing said about the people that are getting killed each and every day. When you hear these numbers, it makes you wonder what all is going on in Chicago. But it also makes you wonder if anyone cares. In the national media, it is always talked about when someone famous dies. You cannot find one television, paper or website that does not mention the death of someone that is famous. But when it comes to Chicago, it seems like no one is concerned about the numbers of people, especially African-Americans, dying there. The sense that no one cares whether they live or die is a rough one and can weigh a city down. And a city as beautiful as Chicago should be cherished instead of reviled or feared as it is by some.

But along with the despair comes the hopes and dreams of the city for a championship. The Chicago Bulls started their season recently and they are now sitting at 4-1. And with the return of Derrick Rose, things are looking up for the team. Some have Cleveland going to the Finals from the NBA’s Eastern Conference while others have the Chicago Bulls. While it is debatable as to which one comes out of the East, there is no debating what this Bulls team could mean to that city. There is also no denying what they can do for the mood there. With all the bad press the city gets in terms of the murder rate, there is nothing that really gets mentioned in a positive light outside of sports. And in regards to sports in the city, no team is closer to being a title contender than the Chicago Bulls. If they were to win a championship, there is no telling what kind of joy would radiate through the city. And to a city that has received its share of bad news and heartache over lost loved ones, the winning would help take some of the pain away.

The concrete is stained with heartache, pain and the sense of hopelessness in some places in Chicago. And in some spots, there is no sense of what tomorrow may bring. But if you take a look at that concrete that spans over Chicago, there is a crack being formed and from it could spout the Bulls as champions. And for once the city can have a present day rose sprouting from the hardened concrete of Chicago. Maybe then there can be something that can help give some positive life to Chicago amongst the perceived chaos.

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  1. Mike H

    November 7, 2014 at 12:05 am

    One of your best pieces of work I think, great job!

  2. Tiphany

    November 7, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Keeping the average man under the media spoils has been the political chains for many urban areas and cities. It keeps the people numb, thus creating sheep, and cattle that become as insignificant as the fast food we consume. It’s time for people to open their eyes and find it within themselves to stray away from the chains, find hope. Even if it’s in something such as sports. Very nice article +Mike Patton​. :)

  3. Donielle McAlmon

    November 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The Blog was deep; very touching. My heart goes out to Chicago and it’s residents that have to endure such poor conditions. I think it’s very important that we teach our kids history; offer an explanation for how things got this way and then raise and educate them to stop it. If we allow them to remain def dumb & blind then it’ll continue until what? The Bulls come back next year! It’s sad but we can’t depend on the media to care; I figure we learned that lesson with Ferguson. We have to care about our communities, our kids , mental health & well being. We’re responsible for thier well being… far too often I’ve hear a black man/ woman say it’s not my kids, not my neighborhood, not my country & these oppressors depend on us to do exactly that; mind your business & turn the cheek. We all have to make a conscious effort to change what we will and will not support. To be responsible for receiving the truth and supporting eachother because if we don’t we’ll always have to look for those very few concrete roses as apposed to seeds we willfully planted…

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