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Tribune Waters Down Gangster’s Career to ‘Activist”

Chicago Tribune 11 August 2018 2 Comments

From the Tribune

Longtime political and anti-violence activist Hal Baskin was found dead by his family Friday morning in his Englewood home, according to the Englewood Political Task Force.

Baskin, 66, was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. Friday in his Englewood home, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and Darryl Smith, a member of the task force.

Baskin was a former gang member who became a community organizer and at one point ran for alderman. U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Chicago, described Baskin as a passionate leader who kept him connected to what was going on in Englewood, according to a statement released Friday.

Alternate more accurate headline from our contributor Pat Hickey

‘Longtime Black Gangster Disciple Warlord goes to Final Judgement’


  • Rhonda said:

    I am really not understanding the caption of this article. Nothing is watered down at all. Hal Baskin was a community activist that served the Englewood community for over 4 decades. Whatever he has done in his teen years does not have anything to do with him as an adult. The passion and love for P.E.A.C.E. in the Englewood community is what he should be honored for. A career would be something that is long term and he spent 4 times the amount of time serving the community than being a”Gangster” as you say.

  • Maynard G. Keynes said:


    Didn’t they name a street after this “activist”?
    OT- Seems as if “Community Activist” with his own honorary street Hal Baskin has gone off the reservation. Hal and [his son] Little Hal we’re arrested the other day for domestic battery after they initiated some serious street justice on Hal’s grandson sending him to the hospital. After getting released at 10am yesterday he decided he couldn’t let it go. Grab a gun, went over to his grandson’s house and fired a shot at him before fleeing. Gotta love those “Activists”.
    That certainly seems like an extremely angry activist.

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