Chicago is Bleeding

Dr. Munr Kazmir
6 min readMay 5, 2022

Rising crime is becoming a way of life for Chicago residents.

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash.

On Sunday night in Chicago’s world-famous Loop, theatre patrons there to see a Broadway production of Moulin Rouge were instead treated to another tragic episode in the ongoing violent crime drama that has come to define the Windy City over the past two years.

“On Sunday night, happy patrons were seated at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago’s Loop waiting for the start of a touring production of the Broadway musical ‘Moulin Rouge’, wrote the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Monday. “The theatre, say some who were there, was nicely filled. But just moments before the scheduled curtain time, an announcement was made from the stage that the show had been cancelled.”

“The reason,” the Editorial Board continued grimly, as if Chicagoans reading the article didn’t know already, “was a nearby shooting.”

According to Chicago Police and the Tribune- both of which sound as if they are describing the big, climactic shoot-out scene at the end of an old Wild West movie- the, “victims of a robbery opened fire on the perpetrators. But they instead hit two people whom the police called ‘unintended targets,’ which is code for being unfortunate enough to be standing in the alley outside the Chicago Theatre.”

“Both were taken to hospitals in (thankfully) fair condition,” the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board continued before adding in an almost petulant tone: “One of them was a doctor, for goodness sake, and one of them, several social media accounts say, was connected to ‘Moulin Rouge’.”

Leaving aside the obvious questions about reporting done at the Chicago Tribune- “several social media accounts say,” is hardly something a hard-hitting journalist would source, to say nothing of reporting on a theatre that, “say some who were there, was nicely filled,”- the whole premise seems rather off.

Continuing in the same rather vague, tone-deaf manner, the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board sounded more than a bit out-of-touch in grousing about the cancellation of a theatre production in a city where over 800 people were the victims of homicide last year. Among the many victims of violence in Chicago was 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, who was shot and killed last January at the intersection of 26th…