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Chicago: Does President Obama Even Care?

Christopher Harris

The mainstream media seems to be ignoring the fact that the city of Chicago is in a state of emergency. 135 shooting deaths (639 shootings) within the first 90 days of the year. A 71% increase from 2015. If the violence continues at that rate, Chicago could see 550 homicides by the end of the year. The overwhelming majority of the victims are black. Why isn’t the main stream media covering this atrocity? President Obama launched his political career in Chicago and was a community organizer in some of the same communities where this violence is taking place! While the Obama administration is busy directing public schools on how to accommodate transgender students, residents of Chicago are living in a war zone.

Bill O’Reilly has shown more outrage and concern over the Afghanistan type violence taking place in Chicago than the leadership in Chicago and our own President.


“Don’t count on Black Lives Matter or Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or even President Obama. They haven’t shown up, they don’t seem to care.” -Bill O’Reilly

O’Reilly raises some valid points. Where are the protests? Where is the Black Lives Matter movement? No word from Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson? Where is the national outrage over what is taking place in Chicago? All I could manage to find on the President even attempting to address this crisis was his belief that the violence can be resolved with nationwide gun control laws. Even the families whose love ones were shot and killed see the President’s solution as ludicrous. Chicago already has strict gun laws. Besides that, criminals are finding ways to get guns despite the gun laws. There are those who aren’t going to sit around and wait for the violence to end. Those within Chicago’s black middle-class are fleeing the city and justified in doing so.

On average, more than 10,000 African-Americans leave the city every year. Meanwhile, data shows the number of blacks living in the suburbs is on the rise. Researchers are beginning to call this migration “black flight.”

U.S. census data shows between 2000 and 2010, some 200,000 people left Chicago, and 9 out of 10 of them were black. From 2010 to 2014, another 23,000 blacks left. That means roughly one in every five African-Americans has left the city over the past 15 years.

University of Illinois at Chicago urban planning professor Janet Smith says gun violence is a key factor in the migration, especially for families with children.

But what about the residents who aren’t in a position, for one reason or another, to pack up and leave? Given the gravity of the situation, I agree with Bill O’Reilly. The National Guard is the most viable option. Chicago needs more boots on the ground. The violence has to be stopped before Chicago can began to discuss poverty, unemployment, and all those other social issues that are the consequences of deeper issues within these communities.  Residents who lack the resources to move must do more to take back their communities. Is this not an issue worth marching and protesting about? With this being the President’s final year in office, I would hope that he’d spend more time focusing on real issues of importance. At Unhyphenated America, we believe all lives matter. Do you, Mr. President? Or do these lives only matter when elections are on the line?





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