Vic Mensa Is Looking Out for Our Kids Better Than the Police

Vic Mensa for the m’fn win!

This weekend, he hosted the Anti-Bait Truck event in West Englewood in response to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Norfolk Southern’s attempt to bait people in that community into stealing gym shoes.

A native Chicagoan and CPS alum, Vic has always been all about his city. He’s been a voice for more therapists in schools. His nonprofit organization, SaveMoneySaveLives, helps kids in Chicago combat and cope with violence-induced trauma. And his theory of change is a simple one—improve schools in the city and violence will decrease.

Smh on these cops

Now while Vic has always been about the kids and community, the same can’t be said for Norfolk Southern and CPD.

This bait truck foolishness was clearly an attempt to entrap people—Black people to be more specific. And while the kids Vic is trying to save are barely surviving the streets, CPD and Norfolk Southern are adding to the problem to by trying to send them to jail.

And, you would think that CPD would be busy trying to work on their homicide clearance rates instead of setting people up to steal shoes. Smh!

Nonetheless, this is indicative of who’s trying to save the community and who’s trying to destroy it. And if CPD and Norfolk Southern really want to work on their community relations—as they mentioned in their weak apology statement—maybe they need to consult with Vic Mensa.

Matter of fact, #BeLikeVic.

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Tanesha Peeples

South Side community leader Tanesha Peeples is a Chicago Public Schools alumna and proud Englewoodian. She currently serves on the board of the Montessori School of Englewood. Formerly, she served the Deputy Director of Outreach for Education Post, for whom she penned the long-running column Hope and Outrage. As an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University, Tanesha began to develop a passion for and understand the importance of public service. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration, she returned to Chicago with a new perspective on community, politics and civic engagement. Tanesha then attended and graduated from DePaul University with a master’s degree in public service management and urban planning and development. Throughout her professional career, Tanesha has used her education, passion and experience to navigate a number of nonprofit, political and independent ventures, advancing her mission to educate and empower marginalized populations. Prior to joining Education Post, she also managed her own consulting firm specializing in community relations. Tanesha’s vision is one where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or zip code—can have access to a comfortable quality of life and enjoy the freedoms and liberties promised to all Americans. Find her on Twitter at @PeeplesChoice85.