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Mr. Trump, help us rebuild our inner cities

Mr. Trump, help us rebuild our inner cities

Dear President-elect Donald Trump,

Over the past several months, it has become painfully clear that you know very little about our country's inner cities, specifically communities awash in gun violence. Unfortunately, you are not unique.

You are, however, about to be inaugurated as our 45th president, and this is why I'm sharing a few thoughts from my nearly two decades of writing about Chicago, along with an idea regarding how we can give some of these shooters an alternative to gun violence.

I'll start with a story.

My mother came of age in Chicago's storied Bronzeville neighborhood, the cradle for blacks moving from the South during the Great Migration. She...