(Jacobin) — Last weekend in Chicago was a gory one. The Sun-Times summarized the slaughter:

“A barrage of weekend attacks…garnered international attention as 71 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. The violence reached a peak early Sunday, when 30 people were shot during a three-hour span, including eight in a single Auburn Gresham shooting. About a dozen more people were shot on Monday.”

The shootings have shaken the city’s political establishment. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Eddie Johnson have staked their reputations on the declining numbers of shootings and fatalities; they are now grasping at straws to explain the current crisis.

Emanuel actually blamed a “spiritual deficit” for the spike in shootings and murders that are concentrated in Black and Latino communities.

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