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[...] Organizers from LGBT youth organization Gender JUST charged that response efforts around crime in Lakeview will result in increased racial profiling of youth.
"What are you taking back?" asked Joshua McCool, at a Gender JUST press conference before the event. "You own Boystown. There are no spaces for queer youth of color."
McCool argued that white Cubs fans are given leeway when drunk and out of control, but that youth of color are implicated as a whole when one youth does something wrong. He also argued that Lakeview was one of the lowest-crime areas in the city and asked why more was not being done for other communities.
Gender JUST protested a recent "positive loitering" walk organized by the same residents who organized massive turnout at the CAPS meeting. The group has since taken heat from "Take Back Boystown" activists who say that they are distracting from solutions to crime.
Gender JUST youth were not the only ones present in protest of recent conversations. Older community members as well youth who access services at Broadway Youth Center also came to speak their disapproval, many of them arguing that the conversation had become racist.
[...] Rob Sall, the activist who created the "Take Back Boystown" page and shot the video of the stabbing, said the meeting was a positive start despite frustrations. "I think that everybody in the room understands the points that Gender JUST was making," he said. "But the purpose of the CAPS meeting was to address crime, not to fix the problems of the world."
Still, official organizers of the meeting and Gender JUST seemed to miss each other on a few key issues. While many residents said they wanted more police to protect the entire community including youth, Gender JUST has historically campaigned against the police, advocating for alternative strategies to violence. Also, while a few did complain that the Center on Halsted was attracting trouble to the neighborhood, Gender JUST also doesn't support the Center because it claims that it is unwelcoming to youth.