This past weekend another 33 people were shot in the Windy City, good ole Chicago. This follows the previous weekend when 66 people were shot, 12 of them fatally.
Nine people, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, were shot Friday evening after 5:00 PM, and another ten were shot Saturday. Sunday another 12 were shot, with another five being wounded before 5:00 AM Monday.
Again, this follows the previous weekend where 12 of the 66 shot died of their wounds. This all took place between 6:00 PM Friday, August 3rd and midnight Sunday, August 5th.
Among the victims were a 17-year-old boy on a bicycle and a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the face.
At a hastily-arranged press conference on Monday morning, city Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson, said that there needs to be more done to hold repeat gun offenders accountable.
Johnson made the statement that it is important that the community and the police cooperate in the effort to reduce the gun violence.
Yet, some of the residents are not satisfied with the continued lip-service they are getting from their city leaders.
“The police are not going to save us. They city is not going to save us. The cavalry is not coming. The cavalry is us. We have to save each other,” said Tama Manasseh of Mothers Against Senseless Killing.
This has drawn reaction from all over the country and prompted former New York City Mayor, Rudy Guiliani to tweet, “Policing genius Jerry McCarthy can do for Chicago what I did for NYC”, in reference to former Chicago Police Superintendent and current mayoral candidate McCarthy.
McCarthy himself was much more blunt in his response to the mayhem, saying, “This mayor (Emmanuel) has created this political environment here in this city by vilifying police and emboldening criminals.”
Candidate Lori Lightfoot said the mayor, “…needs to get out of his bubble. For way too long, for a number of years particularly over the last two years, this is the reality that people in neighborhoods all across the city are living in every single day.”
The actual homicide rate in Chicago reads like the Middle East, with 650 in 2017, 771 in 2016, 468 in 2015, 416 in 2014, 420 in 2013, 506 in 2012, and 437 in 2011.
Shootings in 2015 claimed 2,939 victims, while the figures for 2014 and 2013 were 2,600 and 2,272, respectively.
In the past I have written about the response from the leaders in the Black community, as the vast majority of these shootings are black-on-black crimes.
Yet, while these so-called leaders continue to create race problems by constantly attacking the very police officers that enter these crime-ridden areas to protect people, they have done nothing significant to reverse this miserable and outrageous situation.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has been in power for a number of years now and the problems continue. The Rev. Jesse Jackson makes his home in the city and while he could have a positive effect on the communities if he dealt with the real causes, he holds roundtables which produce absolutely no results.
In 2016, I spoke with the Reverend’s media spokesperson, Don Terry, about this horrific situation.
Mr, Terry, while very polite with me, indicated that Rev. Jackson intended to hold more roundtables to “talk” about the problem.
When I pressed Mr. Terry for the Reverend’s opinion on such issues as the Black Lives Matter crowd that was calling for more mayhem by chanting things like, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon”, and “No justice, no peace,” he would not respond with any resemblance of opinion, much less any potential solutions. Numerous emails to him received no replies.
Inciting violence by not addressing such outrageous statements by this crowd is tantamount to endorsing them.
And where is former President Barack Obama? He also makes his home in Chicago. Yet, I’ve seen not a single gesture on his part to make use of his tremendous influence on the Black community to help bring about significant improvement.
In 2016, the head of a law enforcement advocacy group accused President Obama of carrying out a “war on cops” for refusing to condemn Black Lives Matter.
William Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, claimed that with their approach to the issue, the Obama Administration is “…calling for the death of police officers.”
While he claimed that there is no, “…possible justifications for attacks or any violence towards law enforcement,” Obama said from Warsaw, Poland, he balanced it with the notion that there is much, “anger and grief in the African-American community.”
Yet, neither Obama, Jackson or Emmanuel will not discuss such issues as fatherless homes in the African-American community. They will not talk about the nearly 75% rate of single-parent births in the Black community, nor the high school dropout rate among black students across the country. This tragedy leads to high unemployment among young black men, gang activity, and even death for many.
It is long past time that these Black leaders addressed these causes. Roundtables will effect no change if they don’t address these very real problems and propose real solutions that can be implemented, rather than talked about.
It is both sad and outrageous that the Windy City is being compared more often now to the murder and mayhem in the Middle East.
Lip service won’t cut it any longer.
Spero News columnist John Mancino is a business owner and security professional.