The leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, excoriated President Barack Obama in a sermon over the September 17-18 weekend. The controversial religious leader, who has been condemned in the past for anti-Semitism, said that Obama favored both the State of Israel and homosexuals during his nearly eight years in office.
 
Appearing to address the president, Farrakhan said that Obama's legacy will not be found in the Affordable Care Act (A.k.a. Obamacare) but can be found instead “in the street with your suffering people,” while describing Chicago. “If you can’t go and see about them, then don’t worry about your legacy,” Farrakhan charged. “‘Cause the white people that you served so well — they’ll preserve your legacy.”
 
“The hell they will,” he added sarcastically.
 
Farrakhan said Obama “didn’t earn” a legacy in the black American community, even though “we put you there.” “You fought for the rights of gay people; you fought for the rights of this people and that people,” he said. “You fight for Israel. Your people are suffering and dying in the streets.”
 
Farrakhan spoke of young black people of Chicago who say that Obama “ain’t never come” to Chicago. “There’s your legacy, Mr. President,” he said. He urged Obama to “come on back to the hood” once he leaves the White House and become a community organizer once again. 
 
Obama cut his political teeth in Chicago after graduating law school. It was in Chicago that he organized voter registration drives and was ultimately elected to the state legislature and then the U.S. Senate.
 
This year, Chicago has had more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined, and in August alone there were 90 murders. The rise in violence in the Windy city is largely the cause of an increase in the total murder rate for the country overall. In a report released yesterday by the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute at the New York University School of Law, murder rates in the United States are at "historic lows," without counting Chicago.
 
The author of the report, Ames Grawert, said that the murder toll is projected to continue to rise this year in Chicago. 
 
The report shows that crime has fallen dramatically in the nation's 30 largest cities since 1990. This year, while the national murder rate is projected to climb by 13.1 percent in 2016, nearly half that increase is being driven by Chicago. Chicago had recorded 528 homicides this year as of September 19. The tally includes homicides, and killings justified as self-defense. So far, the butcher's bill in Chicago has already surpassed the number for last year: 491 homicides. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the surge in killings can be attributed to gangs and street-crews. The latter are relatively small groups, Johnson said, that have a disproportionate impact on violent crime. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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