I click the link a few weeks later: “You Don’t Really Know Us,’ Chicago Kids Tell News Media.” These kids got attitude. How cute? I read on. There is a caption beneath a photo of their school: "Fifth-graders from the Bradwell School of Excellence in Chicago's South Shore area wrote an op-ed piece for The Chicago Tribune this week, explaining how they see their neighborhood." The site went on to introduce their writing. The fifth graders were “tired of seeing their neighborhood portrayed in news reports as a desolate and violent place,” so they wrote what their teacher calls a "counternarrative."
In 2014, the Chicago media, including, admittedly so, The Chicago Tribune itself, focused their news reporting on the rise of homicides, referring to the city as “Chi-raq.” The students have an important message for the media outlets in their city responsible for this portrayal: "This isn't Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."