Willie Richardson / June 24, 2020

Chicago: Another Weekend From Hell

Why don’t black lives matter when other blacks are the ones taking those lives?

What was supposed to be a weekend that black Americans celebrated Juneteenth, a holiday marking the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States, turned into another bloody massacre. Is this even news anymore? Is this what should be expected of neophyte bloodthirsty gang bangers seeking approval from veteran gangsters? Is this just what young, black, father-absent males do?

Chicago’s urban violence is one of the talking points of black conservatives when the misguided Black Lives Matter mob comes up, and rightfully so. In no other American urban city do you see this scale of reckless violence on demand every other weekend. Just like there’s 24 hours in a day, you can bet your bottom dollar that another urban innocent child will be lost to street violence.

This past weekend 104 people were shot, while 12 were fatally wounded.

ONE HUNDRED FOUR PEOPLE IN ONE WEEKEND. Let this marinate.

If white cops shot this many unarmed urban youth in five years, America would be on fire from sea to shining sea. But it’s just those gang bangers killing again — business as usual. Have we become numb and dumb to the senseless violence? Let’s test our sensibilities.

Two teenage boys, 16 and 15 years old, were walking down an alley just after midnight when, from a gray sedan, shots were fired at them both. The 16-year-old was shot in the ankle and recovered, though the 15-year-old was shot several times and later died at the hospital. The same day, another pair of teenage boys was shot leaving a convenient store. They both were killed at the scene. They were shot for no reason at all. “Gangs, guns, drugs, and no consequences when Chicago cops make an arrest,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said of the violence. “Let’s keep violent offenders in jail longer and let’s revamp the [home] monitoring system.” Perhaps he means to revamp how parents monitor their children, but don’t count on it.

Last, but not least, let’s further test our numbness to a three-year-old boy. Mckay James was riding in the backseat of a car while his 27-year-old dad was the target practice for a shooting. The perpetrators grazed the abdomen of their target, but killed the toddler. The father, although shot, managed to rush his dying son to the hospital, but too late.

This weekend in Chicago was the bloodiest in 2020. Brown later said, “Our cops are working hard. There are too many violent offenders not in jail or on electronic monitoring which no one is really monitoring. We need violent offenders to stay in jail longer and we need improvements to the home monitoring system.” Indeed, the “home monitoring system” had nothing to do with monitoring the leadership of so many misguided parents (meaning moms and grandmothers).

Chicago is showing the world what Democrat leadership and policies do for a city. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in America, yet it has the most bullets flying frivolously through its city streets. Fatherless boys are spewing their anger through emotional gang and turf wars, all in the name of gang colors. This has got to stop, but it won’t because liberal policies are exacerbating the matter. It will never end until fathers go after their sons’ hearts and give them the love, attention, affection, and admiration they so desire.

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