MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 63

MADENOW
to Jamaica for the second time together .
MADE : Personality wise , who was she as a person ? LF : She was very chill . Every time I saw her she was calm and cool ... I ’ m just here to have a good time essentially . Every family or friend party she was there . She never failed not to show up . The last time we saw her before the Jamaica trip was at my dad ’ s 49th birthday party . MADE : So now going in the realm of gun violence . There should be some type of action that people within Chicago should as a community . We talk about it , we ’ re upset , but what are we doing ? Where is that action kicking in ? So my question to you is what initiatives or precautions do you believe we should do in Chicago ? LF : Honestly , it starts at home and also in the schools because as you can see , a lot of Chicago Public Schools on the southside are not involved in the children ’ s ’ lives . When I was in school , our teachers were heavily involved with us . And now , students are dropping out at eight grade . They don ’ t believe their teachers have any hope in them . What they see on television and around their neighborhood is all that ’ s left . MADE : Because these kids are dropping out , not having no type of direction to educate them , why do you think youth turn to gun violence ? LF : It ’ s what they see . It ’ s all they know , see and are surrounded by . A lot of the parents are young , probably around my age . They just see what their parents are doing . Their parents aren ’ t really getting them out of their surroundings ... there ’ s no one there to let them know that it ’ s something else out there that you can achieve and aspire to . MADE : If you were able to see the gunman facetoface ,
how would you respond to him ? LF : First , I would want to ask him “ why ”. What was in your mind ? You see these other people ... it ’ s Starbucks . People are just trying to live their lives …. Why did you think this was okay ? It ’ s a mind thing , I don ’ t want to hurt him or do bad by him . What made you think this was acceptable ? MADE : Do you feel safe in Chicago ? LF : It ’ s one of those things where you have to know who you associate yourself with . For example , it was one person I knew from a long time ago ... he was a cool person , but I noticed that he was associated with certain people . That ’ s when I knew I couldn ’ t hang with him like before . You just have to know of your surroundings . Personally , I was in my car coming from the store , just two blocks away from my house , and I saw two guys were in an argument at the corner later starting to shoot at each other . It ’ s just one of those situations where you ’ re just trying to live your life ... and that ’ s all you can do . You honestly can ’ t worry about it because it ’ s all God ’ s plan . If it ’ s your time to go , it ’ s your time to go . If He has a plan for you , then He ’ s going to make it happen . MADE : Could peace actually exist in the city ? LF : I think it can . It starts from the higher power though ... but it also starts at home . It starts when people talk to each other . Just talk to that one person , you don ’ t have to kill them . I mean , what did they do to you ? MADE : Gun violence , it ’ s a really powerful topic that I think a lot of people need to know about constantly … LF : It ’ s always talked about on the news , but I was honestly becoming numb to it . But when this happened , it woke me back up essentially . Like I mentioned earlier , I was shot at twice , simply just doing me . You want to educate the people , but it ’ s just trying to figure out how . MADE : I do appreciate you speaking on such an issue and reflecting back on this memory . LF : It ’ s a not a problem . I want to tell her story ... I want to let people know that she was one of the nicest people that I met in my life . We always used to joke that she was similar to an old lady [ chuckles ], but it was just the sake of keeping the good memories of her with me . She lived her life . She was only 49 , but she lived ... that ’ s what I had to remind my other relatives . ◊
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MADENOW to Jamaica for the second time together. MADE: Personality wise, who was she as a person? LF: She was very chill. Every time I saw her she was calm and cool...I’m just here to have a good time essentially. Every family or friend party she was there. She never failed not to show up. The last time we saw her before the Jamaica trip was at my dad’s 49th birthday party. MADE: So now going in the realm of gun violence. There should be some type of action that people within Chicago should as a community. We talk about it, we’re upset, but what are we doing? Where is that action kicking in? So my question to you is what initiatives or precautions do you believe we should do in Chicago? LF: Honestly, it starts at home and also in the schools because as you can see, a lot of Chicago Public Schools on the southside are not involved in the children’s’ lives. When I was in school, our teachers were heavily involved with us. And now, students are dropping out at eight grade. They don’t believe their teachers have any hope in them. What they see on television and around their neighborhood is all that’s left. MADE: Because these kids are dropping out, not having no type of direction to educate them, why do you think youth turn to gun violence? LF: It’s what they see. It’s all they know, see and are surrounded by. A lot of the parents are young, probably around my age. They just see what their parents are doing. Their parents aren’t really getting them out of their surroundings...there’s no one there to let them know that it’s something else out there that you can achieve and aspire to. MADE: If you were able to see the gunman facetoface, how would you respond to him? LF: First, I would want to ask him “why”. What was in your mind? You see these other people...it’s Starbucks. People are just trying to live their lives…. Why did you think this was okay? It’s a mind thing, I don’t want to hurt him or do bad by him. What made you think this was acceptable? MADE: Do you feel safe in Chicago? LF: It’s one of those things where you have to know who you associate yourself with. For example, it was one person I knew from a long time ago...he was a cool person, but I noticed that he was associated with certain people. That’s when I knew I couldn’t hang with him like before. You just have to know of your surroundings. Personally, I was in my car coming from the store, just two blocks away from my house, and I saw two guys were in an argument at the corner later starting to shoot at each other. It’s just one of those situations where you’re just trying to live your life... and that’s all you can do. You honestly can’t worry about it because it’s all God’s plan. If it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go. If He has a plan for you, then He’s going to make it happen. MADE: Could peace actually exist in the city? LF: I think it can. It starts from the higher po \Y ]][\]YK]\[[H[XX\\[]ۙH\ۋ[H۸&]]H[[KHYX[]Y^H[H“PQN[[[K]8&\HX[H\[X]H[Hو[HYYۛX]ۜ[x)]8&\[^\[YX]ۈH]]H\šۙ\HXZ[] ][\š\[Y ]HYHX\\[X[KZHHY[[ۙYX\Y\H\]XK[\H\[›YK[H[YX]HH[K]]8&\\Z[Y\H]˂PQNH\XX]H[HXZ[ۈX[\YH[YX[Xۈ\Y[[ܞK]8&\HH؛[KH[[\ܞKB[][Hۛ]H\ۙHوBX\[H]HY][^HYKH[^\\YH]H\[Z[\[YHX\K]]\\HZHوY\[HY[[ܚY\و\]YKH]Y\YKB\ۛH K]H]Y ]8&\]HYœ[Z[^H\[]]\ˈ8₂XYK[XY^[KB‚