Chicago may be known as the Windy City to the majority of America (and the world at large), but to those who reside within its borders it’s anything but a catchy title. As President Trump so graciously put it during the 2016 presidential campaign, Chicago is basically a war zone. Not a weekend goes by where there aren’t at least 40 or more people shot in the city. With 2016, and 2017 were the most violent Chicago has been in two decades according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune.
But so far 2018 has been different. In fact, the number of people shot in 2018 is down 30% from the previous two years. However shooting victims continue to outpace those from 2012, 2013, and 2014. So far in 2018, three-hundred-seventy people have been shot, and there have been at least 82 homicides. For comparison, by this time in 2016 there were 522 shooting victims, and 109 homicides.
Many people who view the embattled city that is Chicago, are looking at this data and scratching their heads as to why the number of shooting victims, and homicides, are lower. But the answer is something no one expected, and that would be the release of Marvel’s Black Panther.
The superhero film about the fictional country of Wakanda, has taken the world by storm. In just 3 weeks, the movie has grossed over $500 million domestically, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The movie has been praised for its representation of black people, and that has been reflected by the sheer amount of people that have gone to the theater. It is being speculated that the reason why shootings are down in Chicago, has everything to do with the adventures of Black Panther and his cohorts from Wakanda.
Student Tyrell Johnson, 17, told the Axiom dispatch that he was supposed to be at a party last weekend, but instead went to go see the movie with his father. The party was accosted by two men with weapons. Thankfully while no one was killed, two people were shot over a dispute involving a woman. Tyrell is very thankful for the movie, because the woman in question, was a girl he had recently dated from high school.
T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, is in theaters now, and will return again for Marvel’s Infinity War opening April 27th, 2018.