How Coded Language Is Tearing Chicagoans Apart

Donald Trump Speaks and Points
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Donald Trump Speaks and Points
John Locher / Associated Press

How Coded Language Is Tearing Chicagoans Apart

During Monday night’s presidential debate, Republican Donald Trump talked about the number of shootings and murders in Chicago, portraying our city as a blighted and dangerous. 

But how do you talk about a city or a neighborhood without painting it into a corner?

We speak with WBEZ South Side reporter Natalie Moore about the coded language that’s sometimes used to refer to neighborhoods on her beat, including words and phrases like "poverty-stricken", "impoverished", and "low-income".