CHICAGO, July 22, 2013 - Despite the public outcry, Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) isn’t apologizing for racially-charged statements she made on a
“I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they’re not sure that black people are shooting all of these children,”
It is disingenuous for
Her inference could also not have been more clear: blame white police officers.
In reaction to the controversy,
“I don’t know. I don’t know that they are, and I don’t know that they aren’t, since no one’s been arrested. We don’t know who’s doing it,”
In 2012, the city recorded a record 532 homicides. According to the Chicago Tribune, at this time last year, 201 of the 259 homicide victims were African-American and 143 of the victims were affiliated with a street gang. Annual police statistics also show that the majority of offenders are young black men with criminal records. Police data indicates that133 of those 143 victims had arrest histories.
To date, more than 200 murders have been committed in 2013, the majority of them in the gang-plagued neighborhoods of Auburn Gresham,
None of these facts are at issue.
So why would
Sadly, it is en vogue for black political leaders shift the blame on issues of crime and violence in their communities. For instance, it is much easier to blame the underlying causes of black-on-black crime on inanimate objects; the usual suspects are bad schools and insufficient government spending.
That way politicians don’t risk fall-out for telling their constituents that the disintegration of the black family unit is to blame. Or that black kids need their fathers. Or that the black community, instead of playing the victim game, needs to accept and aggressively advocate personal responsibility.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden responded to
The Chicago lawmaker has been rebuked for her racially inflammatory remarks before.
“As a state representative, I have every right to say what my community thinks,”
The culture of victimization runs deep in the African American community and it is wrongly used and abused by politicians like
Black leaders are also stoking this kind of resentment in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case. There is strong physical evidence that Martin was the aggressor in the attack and that his own violent acts may have contributed to his death.
Unfortunately, the facts are not an obstacle for black political leaders, who continued to fan the flames of racial division with angry nationwide protests of the Zimmerman verdict this weekend, shouting “no justice, no peace.”
In her inflammatory statements about
Shame on political leaders like Davis.
Short of the facts, there will be neither justice, nor peace for anyone.
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from
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