'Chicago Pastor: This Week’s Violence Has Set Our Black Community Back Decades'

'We worked tirelessly to turn around the city's most violent neighborhood, only to see it burned and looted.'

Protesters loot a 7-11 store during protests for George Floyd, May 30, 2020 in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Protesters loot a 7-11 store during protests for George Floyd, May 30, 2020 in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Pastor Corey Brooks is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and founder and CEO of Project H.O.O.D Communities Development Corporation.

Read how, "The destructive violence, rioting, and looting of the last few days...have quickly erased years of our dialogue. Does his pointing this out make him a racist, or an opponent of black lives matter?



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  • Doesn’t it dawn on people that anytime these riots occur, the very people they claim to be “helping” or advocating for are the very people that get hurt the worst. Areas of Chicago torched in the MLK riots still have not come back. Baltimore after the Freddie riots has seen more murder and mayhem because the cops are in hiding. Stores have not reopened there. Are Walgreens, CVS, and Jewel going to reopen in these looted deserts? Lightfoot will deny it to high heaven, but of course she’s going to defend downtown and Michigan Ave at the expense of the neighborhoods and it’s the minority neighborhoods on the south and west sides where the looting is, not the NW side. This is all history repeating itself.

  • Police brutality is real. Systemic racism is real. The protesters in our country and around the world are overwhelmingly peaceful. The fact that a small number of people took advantage of the situation---in a number of cases these criminals infiltrated the peaceful protests to undermine them---should detract from the legitimacy and urgency of the protests.

  • Pastor Booker condemns the looting and violence while numerous peaceful protests were taking place. He concedes briefly that something must be done after the police execution of George Floyd but never addresses the long history of police maltreatment of Black men and women. Booker, a Republican who voted for Rauner in 2014, uses his platform not to join with his Black brothers and sisters in condemning systemic racism in all parts of society, but instead attacks Democratic governors across the country for somehow being responsible for the criminal behavior he deplores.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Just so. Just as the actions of some cops should not be sufficient to condemn police in general.

  • First of all, his name is Pastor Corey Brooks, not Cory Booker, a Democratic Senator, NOT a Republican. While you may think a small number “took advantage”, the fact is looters used the protests to burn and destroy numerous small and large businesses. The damage they caused and the lives they affected will endure long after people will forget Mr. Floyd. All drug and food stores in those areas are gone and not one chain, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and Jewel have committed to rebuild. Insurance will not cover all their losses and some businesses suspended their insurance until the lockdown would be lifted. All you have to do is look at all the lots still empty on the West Side after the MLK riots in 1968. More economic damage in AA areas than the lockdown caused. Not disagreeing with the motivation for the protestors and the need for change, but historically, looting and destruction are side effects the protestors don’t control.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    Perfectly said.

  • Thank you. As a Pope once wrote: "To err is human, to forgive divine."

  • looting and destruction are side effects the protesters don’t control.

    But they do happen and will happen again and the protesters will be blamed again, so they best find a better way to accomplish their purpose and message, instead of hurting it.

  • Humm? I found this, a sad state that continues.
    Manson family cult, a crazy attempt “to start the apocalyptic race war”.

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