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Sunday, January 08, 2017
Too Bad Black Lives Matter Seem Not To Care About Black Children Shot By Gang Violence.
Over the last couple of years and especially after the Ferguson Missouri incident. Black outrage against the police resulted in the rise of a new group called "Black Lives Matter". This group was a vocal advocate of treating the young black men with the same respect as all other people, However, the Black Lives Matter group slowly morphed into a political organization and seemed to move away from their roots. While the Black Lives Matter movement still had a focus on anti-police action when they could exploit incidents that show the police abusing their authority and rightly so. The movement has also taken an ideological slant that is quite disturbing to me.
What bothers me the most is that the Black Lives Matter movement has been strangely silent about the escalating gang violence in Chicago that has resulted in 762 killing last year and 41 children under the age of 14 were shot. Most of these killings and the over 3,550 shootings in 2016 were black on black crime (75-80%). Instead of protesting the occasional police misconduct or abuse, the Black Lives Matter organization should be protesting against the gang violence that plague the black neighborhoods of Chicago. In fact, Black Lives Matter may have indirectly caused the skyrocketing of the crime rate in Chicago by stopping police from making stops of suspicious young black men for fear of being labeled a racist.
Back to the 41 innocent children shot who were in the crossfire of gang violence. Because of neighborhood distrust of the Chicago police, only 3 of the 41 child shootings have resulted in an arrest. According to the police, the distrust of the community makes it difficult to get witness statements even when people know who the shooter is. Shouldn't the Black Lives Matter movement be protecting these children? Try to clean up the neighborhood and eradicate gang violence? Wouldn't the movement gain respectability by helping make the communities safe for families and children to walk to school and play on the street? How about cooperating with the police to make communities safe? Instead they continue to follow an ideologically driven anti-police agenda at the expense of the very communities that they should be supporting.
The bottom line is, if Black Lives Matter wants to be relevant then they must start with fighting gang violence in the Black communities of Chicago and not simply protesting the occasional police action.