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Ex-gang leader in Chicago, Clifton ‘Booney’ McFlower, reveals the truth about ‘Chiraq’


Chicago continues to deal with overwhelming violence. The city has been called “Chiraq” by some who compare the violence in the city to war torn Iraq in the Middle East.

However, some Chicagoans believe there is a deeper meaning to why the city is being labeled in such a manner.

Ex-gang member in Chicago and current community organizer at BUILD Inc., Clifton “Booney” McFlower, recently spoke with rolling out to reveal his thoughts on the term, “Chiraq.”

“‘Chiraq’ is another way to promote violence  so that more money can be allocated for law enforcement instead of social needs. When you talk about violence, it calls for more police or jails. But that doesn’t solve the problems.

You have the Cook County jail that holds 11,000 people. There are 46 prisons in Illinois and all of the jails are full. We know locking people up is not the key. Police are around here all day.

So they come with the term “Chiraq” and they’ll throw the violent rates in your face so that they can keep feeding money into the wrong areas. We don’t need more money in law enforcement. We have some of the baddest law enforcement in the world.

The police shoot and kill as much as the guys on the street. The key is economic control in our community. We have to bring  the neighbor back into the hood. We have to stop being the hood and become the neighborhood. We have to care about each other. We can’t look for people to do for us what we can do for ourselves,” McFowler said.



  1. ForPostsSake on July 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Amen- Put the neighbor back in the hood.

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  4. Sherri Etienne on July 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    There is truth in what he says, but it’s still so much deeper than that… Chiraq is being classified as a war zone so that extreme military action is justified and warranted. Unlike Iraq and it’s weapons of mass destruction, there’s no speculation in Chicago. The world knows it’s a crime riddled, unsafe city in some parts, so they’ve already set the tone for military invasion especially since it’s getting so out of control.

    Do as he says and bring the love back into the community, back to the times when we were one as a people or, suffer the consequences at the hands of the man!

    One Love,

    • ask and il tell on July 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Please ignore the comments above from “One Love” AKA Gangster Disciple member.

      • Sherri Etienne on July 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        What comments above? If you’re referring to my comment 1) I am not at all gang affiliated and the phrase “one love” as in Bob Marley, only acts as closing regards, like sincerely, respectfully, thank you, peace and love so please clarify your reply so that I have a clear understanding of what you means exactly @ask and il tell. If “one love” is gang terminology thanks for sharing and I’ll refrain from using it ever again; however if it’s an attempt to discredit my comment or demean my character in any way you couldn’t be more wrong and should henceforth refrain from your reckless responses.


  5. Strues1 on July 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    The police don’t shoot anywhere close to the amount of people that the guys on the street do. A couple of weekends ago there were 11 people shot in lawndale alone and almost 30 across the city. There are rarely that many police shooting in an entire year. And in actuality every police shooting decreases the overall number of shooting since the armed offenders that the police shoot are the “guys on the street” that are out there shooting each other every day. Or missing and killing children instead.

    • kubball on July 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Sorry, I made the same commentary above without scrolling down to see you had already covered it sufficiently.

    • Shavoy London on July 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      actually the police has shot just as many people as these guys on the street has.. go look it up nd everybody u see hang on the streets are not criminals nd is not shooting nd killing.. what about the little girl the police shot in the head or the college graduates.. some people just know the guys on the street nd sometimes kick it or hang out with them.. police has shot more innocent people then guilty.. actually they always seem to shoot nd kill some little girl or some person whos not even on the streets while they never shoot nd kill the actuall street guys.. its obvious your not on the streets nd dont know whats going on nd its obvious u dont know how dirty the police is because u dont have to deal with em so stfu.. nd look it up police constantly abuse innocent people… lmoa clown so i guess the innocent guy the police chocked nd killed was a killer too, he was breaking up a fight nd got apprehended nd chocked nd killed for breaking up a fight.. lol

  6. June Washington on July 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    This argument makes no sense whatsoever, whether it was the reporter doing a poor jump of keeping McFlower in context or if it was McFlower’s comments himself. First error: implying the government’s intent with the term Chiraq is to make money. Chicago rapper King Louie is credited with coining the term Chiraq which you can easily find him explaining on Youtube. He says it was basically a byproduct of him actually trying to brand and draw attention to drill music. Error two: he claims it is to increase spending in law enforcement when the last couple of years, both the mayor and superintendent have been adamant that we have enough police for the city. It is well known that both the county jail and IDOC (and even the Audy Home) have been doing their best to DECREASE and RELEASE as many people in custody as possible because it SAVES money. It was brought up as a part of the Quinn’s political scandal with early release programs and the people being released later being convicted of worse crimes. Error three: the mayor and superintendent have been swearing that crime, especially homicide, is down. What politician is saying crime is up? Error four: the police shoot and kill as much as the people on the street..that is blatantly false.

    • kirk on July 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      From what i have saw white people buy more Drugs then blacks cause they have more money but yet more blacks are in jail they lock up the buyer when they black but the white they let them get out of cabs from the sub and buy there dope .and get black in them and ride off .what a damm joke.

  7. Kozette Livinglifewithoutyou F on July 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm


  8. kubball on July 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Is this a joke? Chicago desperately needs more police. The concept thst police do most of the shooting is ludicrous. Forty people shot a weekend is what we are averaging. There havent been forty shot by the police all year and when the police do shoot its to prevent them, their partners and colleagues, and neighborhood citizens from becoming number 41.

  9. pvbella on July 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Chiraq was coined by rappers, not public relations weasels. But the author is right about economic development. There are people to blame. The politicians and the voters who elect them.

  10. Cheryl Battle-Davis on July 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I agree with him as well! I think some are missing his point! It is irrelevant where the term Chiraq came from. His point is to say that the violence is being used as promotion tool to build more prisions, etc. Blacks and whites commit crimes in equal numbers, whites use more drugs, etc., but the prision population numbers are greatly unequal. We must ask ourselves why??? Why is the goverment putting more money in jails, policing, etc in the black community instead of putting more money creating jobs, resources, etc. This is all preparation for our extermination!. Reverse psychology in full effect, destruction from within. Black men need to step up and change this course ASAP!! I encourage everyone to read ” The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, and watch the profound documentary ” Hidden Colors” share with the youngs as well.

    • kirk on July 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      The new Jim crow is a great book got it for xmas. Enjoy to the fullest. And yes we kill each other for a littleof. Nothing .you look at the police in our androids and you have all these white officers police black na berhoods and think they going to help protect us never will that happen first they have no understanding of what a black man or woman has to endure daily. And just let me say i dont trust the police and i don’t care about them just as they don’t care about me as a black man so for those of you who think that it’s not about money you can stfu.