"Emotions? They're gone. I don't have my baby no more." (Karla Lee/Chicago Tribune)
"WHAT HAVE WE BECOME CHICAGO......when a 9 yr old Boy can be executed in an alley at 4pm in the afternoon.....What kind of creature can look at a 9 yr old and execute him? What has happened to our Homes, Blocks, Churches, Neighborhoods, City...where we raise such a person???? Have we lost all boundaries, are there no longer no "Non Acceptables"...What have we become Chicago???" (Father Michael Pfleger/Facebook)
Here we go again. Another child murdered on the streets of Chicago. Just another normal day in the Windy City.
There were no protests or riots. No determined groups shouting "Black Lives Matter" or "Kill Killer Gangbangers". Nothing burned. There was no looting.
There was no outrage. No revulsion. Children's lives do not matter.
9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was gunned down in an alley on the South Side. According to reports, the child was shot multiple times. Bullets ripped through his flesh.
Murdering Children is the new normal in Chicago. Chicago should be ashamed. Instead, Chicago is apathetic. The half educated and half ignorant populace of this once great city will forget Tyshawn Lee by tomorrow.
The politicians will beat their chests in anger. Then, they will do what Chicago politicians always do. Move on. They have bigger and better things to do.
Activists and clergy will gnash their teeth while rending their garments, shoving each other out of the way to get their media face time.
Columnists and editorial writers will opine about the senseless violence that takes the lives of children. It will be a futile attempt to reach their apathetic readers.
Fingers of blame and shame will be pointed at the mayor, aldermen, and police superintendent. People will not look in the mirror and blame themselves.
People all over this city should be outraged over the murders of children. If the citizens of Chicago ever collectively expressed outrage and anger, there would be fear in City Hall.
If the citizens from all neighborhoods demanded action there would be "change you can believe in". The apathetic citizens just go about their business, whatever that may be.
Apathy rules instead of outrage.
It is a sad pathetic indictment that some Chicago neighborhoods are as dangerous as war torn third world countries. Street gangs and drug dealers rule like warlords. Their minion armies of adults, teens, and pre-teens roam the streets inflicting violence, mayhem, and murder with impunity.
The murders are committed to protect their criminal enterprises and a statement of who holds the real power. The criminal enterprises hold the power. They wield power through fear, intimidation, mayhem, and murder.
Chicago is the child murder capitol of the nation. How does that make you feel? Are you proud Chicago?
What will it take for you citizens to get outraged?
How many more children will have to die before you say enough is enough?
This is not a racial, social, or cultural problem, as many on social media and news comment sections claim. It is a problem for all of us. Anyone of our children or grandchildren could be the next victim of these ruthless urban terrorists.
It is time to take the gloves off. Gangs and drug dealers are a pestilence and pox in our city. The violence will not end until they are dismantled and kept from regrouping. Violence is a result of their criminal activities. If you do not eliminate the criminal enterprises violence will continue.
Asking criminals to stop killing without demanding they end their continuing criminal enterprises is beyond ignorance. It is an act and plea of futility.
“I believe fundamentally in the goodness of human nature, but there is evil in the world,” Emanuel told reporters at a hotel groundbreaking near Midway Airport. “And whoever did this, there is a special place for them. I hope they never see freedom. I hope they never see daylight.
“This person is not an individual. They’re not a human being. Because when you do what you’ve done to a 9-year-old, there’s a place for you, and there is no humanity in that place.” (Mayor Rahm Emanuel/Chicago Tribune)
The mayor came close to the truth. Street gang members and drug dealers are a plague, pox and pestilence in our communities. They should be treated as such. They are not productive members of communities. They are criminals.
It is time to treat them like criminals instead of some ridiculous sociological phenomena. This is real life and death. It is not an exercise in academic frivolity. Lives are at stake.
Children's lives matter.
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