Laurence Fishburne had four words for President Donald Trump and his plan to bring the Feds into Chicago — ‘That’s A Ridiculous Idea!”
If you haven’t heard, Trump plans to enact Martial Law on the city to help put an end to the rampant gun violence. Of course he announced his plan via Twitter.
“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on . . . I will send in the Feds!” he tweeted on January 24th.
HipHollywood caught up with Fishburne and the cast of his new podcast Bronzeville, set in Chicago, and got their take on Trump’s plan of action.
“I don’t know that he has done one thing that I would consider appropriate or even said one thing that I would consider appropriate,” said Wren Brown.
“We have to realize that we all have a responsibility to help out,” said Affion Crockett. “But it’s not going to be this guy sending Feds in. What are they going to do, start a war?”
For the record, Chicago is experiencing its worst period of bloodshed in decades. According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 51 homicides in the month of January. That’s one more than the 50 killings in the first month of 2016, the city’s worst year for violence in two decades, with 762 homicides.
But instead of bringing in the military, Larenz Tate, who executive produced Bronzeville alongside his two brothers, offered another solution. “What we need is opportunity, what we need is jobs. What we need is some real concrete planning.”
Tate is also a native of Chicago and has been working for nearly a decade to get his audio crime series completed. Set in the 1940s in the African-American Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the drama follows the lives of players who ruled the numbers games before it was taken over by the mafia.