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Is The Term 'Chiraq' Offensive?
Chicagoist ^ | June 10, 2013 | Samantha Abernethy

Posted on 06/10/2013 6:02:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The term "Chiraq" has been casually tossed around in recent years. We don't know the origin, but we know Urban Dictionary's definition was written in February 2012. Of course it references Chicago's violence epidemic, dubbing it a war zone similar to that of Iraq. The parallels are undeniable, but the term makes us queasy. Does it downplay the wars overseas? Is it just attaching a negative stigma to Chicago?

The HBO show VICE aired an episode on Friday of its documentary series titled "Chiraq" that explores street violence in Chicago. VICE writes:

The lethal combination of gangs and guns has turned Chicago into a war zone. To see why the Windy City, now dubbed "Chiraq," had the country’s highest homicide rate in 2012, VICE visits Chicago's most dangerous areas, where handguns are plentiful and the police and community leaders are fighting a losing battle against gang violence. In the neighborhood of Englewood, we patrol with police, visit with religious leaders, and hang out with members of gangs - soldiers in a turf war that has spread into new communities as projects are destroyed and residents are forced to move elsewhere.

Toward the end of VICE's segment on Chicago, the narrator says "younger kids in Chicago ... have so internalized their situation by proudly calling their city Chiraq and themselves soldiers or savages."

The narrator goes on to say "the South Side of Chicago is basically a failed state within the borders of the U.S."

We're not sure what it is about "Chiraq" that bothers us. Perhaps it's that it implies there are two sides to the war, both suffering fatalities. The last time we checked the innocent bystanders are not armed soldiers fighting a war, but neither are the civilians in Iraq. Perhaps "Chiraq" is oversimplifying the problem. There aren't two sides, and this isn't a war with a definitive end.

Watch a preview of the VICE episode below.


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1 posted on 06/10/2013 6:02:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Chiraq Obama says it’s racist.


2 posted on 06/10/2013 6:05:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway
ChIRAQ

3 posted on 06/10/2013 6:11:15 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

I thought it was a misspelling of that guy’s name, myself.


4 posted on 06/10/2013 6:13:39 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

Reminds me of the Bugs Bunny cartoons. “Blaque Juaque Chiraque. (Sp)


5 posted on 06/10/2013 6:13:48 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: nickcarraway

nope, very appropo.


6 posted on 06/10/2013 6:14:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cripplecreek
"Chiraq?" Hadn't heard that one - Sounds good to me - a "sister-city" to Dearbornistan.



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7 posted on 06/10/2013 6:16:32 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Olog-hai
i love the look on Saddam's face, but he still paid...
8 posted on 06/10/2013 6:16:50 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cripplecreek

Any negative term that describes or includes the combinations of “Chi”, “Barack” and “Obama” Is a quite reasonable conclusion for a reasonable person.


9 posted on 06/10/2013 6:17:10 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway

I was using it back in 2002 when Jacques Chirac (Saddam’s old buddy) was promising the U.S. to support force against Iraq. Meanwhile, he sent his foreign minister to lobby Security Council nations, to vote against the resolution.


10 posted on 06/10/2013 6:19:40 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: nickcarraway

The author, like a typical MSM airhead, is far more concerned with the terminology than the people being killed.

To be a street thug and murder innocent people is fine. To use a term that has been declared politically incorrect is unforgivable.


11 posted on 06/10/2013 6:20:01 PM PDT by detective
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To: cripplecreek

Chiraq

rhymes with

Baraq

(ironic isn’t it?)


12 posted on 06/10/2013 6:20:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq Baraq


13 posted on 06/10/2013 6:20:55 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: nickcarraway
I remember when this happened in the D.C. area during the late 80's to the mid 90's during the crack wars.

These are turf wars, gone bad. Eventually, they will run out of gang bangers and the murder rates will drop to something more tolerable in the third world.

14 posted on 06/10/2013 6:30:11 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: nickcarraway

These days the truth is always offensive


15 posted on 06/10/2013 6:32:07 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway; cripplecreek

i will tell you as soon as if i can get my panties pulled out of my sewat


16 posted on 06/10/2013 6:56:48 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: nickcarraway

The only solution to this problem is to STOP ARMING SYRIAN REBELS AND START ARMING THE CITIZENS OF CHIRAQ!!!!!!!


17 posted on 06/10/2013 7:01:54 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: nickcarraway

I just turned on the news to hear that there have been 10 shot and one killed here this evening. So Chiraq is about right.


18 posted on 06/10/2013 7:02:46 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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19 posted on 06/10/2013 7:13:16 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: nickcarraway

didn’t Kirk once get hit on the head and start calling himself Chiraq?


20 posted on 06/10/2013 7:29:15 PM PDT by isom35
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks nickcarraway.
The HBO show VICE aired an episode on Friday of its documentary series titled "Chiraq" that explores street violence in Chicago.
Sounds like Chiraq's a good idea for t-shirts, bumperstickers, billboards, TV ads...


21 posted on 06/11/2013 3:43:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Chicago’s going to solve their ‘crime problem’ by lying about the numbers... That’s what democrat’s do... they lie.


22 posted on 06/11/2013 7:01:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it - Josef Mengele (new NSA motto))
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