Opinion: We have to do something about violence in Chicago

by Peter Heck · Jul 23rd, 2020 5:56 pm

Last Updated Jul 30th, 2020 at 12:17 pm

It's the perfect intersection of the supposed highest concerns of left-wing activists posing as journalists: guns and black lives. So for the life of me I can't figure why there is a virtual media embargo on all stories relating to the horrifying descent of Chicago into the realm of third-world perdition.

Consider just a smattering of recent gut-wrenching headlines here at Disrn:

That's more than just heartbreaking for someone who cares even superficially for the lives of innocent people tormented night and day by this endless specter of violence haunting their neighborhoods.

Yet the same voices who indignantly stand upon the fresh graves of victims from the latest school shootings to condemn the "weak and meaningless" response of "thoughts and prayers," who hold sham townhall events at least ostensibly designed to appear like a meaningful effort to do something about the tragedy, who demand immediate federal action to curtail the prevalence and accessibility of guns that they blame for the massacre, are increasingly indifferent to this macabre murder parade. Why?

I fully understand that black-on-black violence does not fit in the larger Black Lives Matter cause, a movement that is primarily dedicated to deconstructing the social and political paradigms of Western Civilization through Marxist means. So be it; I'm not even arguing that it should. Far be it from me to try to co-opt their crusade. Let BLM stand for whatever BLM wants to stand for — but for the rest of us who believe in the core principle that the lives of black people matter, surely we can't turn a blind eye towards Chicago. Surely we can't pretend this is normal. Surely we can't ignore that the Windy City has turned into the epicenter of death in the black community.

Surely people of conscience and goodwill can agree on some basic ideas:

  1. What is unfolding here are not sporadic or isolated crime stories; it is widespread, wholesale violence.
  2. Black families must be rescued from these violent neighborhoods.
  3. Black children need a viable escape from ineffectual and gang-ridden public schools.
  4. Mentorship opportunities for black youth need to be greatly expanded.
  5. Internship job training for black adults needs to be multiplied exponentially.
  6. We need the brightest minds coming up with more ideas to stop the bloodshed.

The implementation of those kinds of ideas can be a matter of discussion, and will likely include both public and private endeavor. Churches can and should play an active role and must be equipped with government assistance and blessing rather than red tape and regulation. The same for private businesses who partner.

Tax incentives for employers, housing facilities, landlords, evacuation and relocation sponsors, and even educational alternatives have to be part of the equation.

There are solutions if we care enough. And I don't know how you can read these stories, see these faces, observe these poor grieving mothers and devastated families, and not care.

Barack Obama, this is your hometown. They need you. We need your leadership.

Media, these stories may not fit a narrative, but they need to be told, and it's your duty to tell them.

Right now, Chicago is an example to the world of what happens when generationally corrupt, one-party political leadership meets racial distress and moral degeneracy. Before the book closes on this once-great American city, let's commit to writing a new chapter to change the narrative.

The people there are worth it.

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