There’s an anecdote I’ve shared previously: Shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, quite a few people asked me what I thought he would do for black Americans now that he’d attained the office of president of the United States.
To which I invariably answered: “Probably about as much as he did for blacks in Chicago – not a damned thing.”
In November of 2008, the black unemployment rate was 11.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – but blacks, along with unwitting Americans at large, were still riding the high of having elected our first black president. Within a year and a half, however, black unemployment rose to 16.5 percent and hasn’t moved too far in either direction since.
In the inner cities, job participation among blacks since the ascendancy of Barack Obama has been even more dismal, with the unemployment rate for black men occasionally exceeding 50 percent over the past several years. High unemployment has exacerbated levels of crime and violence, and several cities with established black populations – now mostly unemployed – are suffering from unprecedented epidemics of violent crime.
Like Chicago, for example, where on July 11, residents from Chicago’s Southside held a protest in front of the Chicago Police Department decrying violence in their communities. The protest was reported by the Rebel Pundit website, which released a video that subsequently went viral. The Southside residents called for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for their failure to effectively address Chicago’s epidemic of violence.
“Despite the strictest gun regulations in the country, Chicago’s murder rate of 15.65 per 100,000 people looks nothing like the nation’s 4.2, the Midwest’s 4.5 or Illinois’ 5.6. Up to 80 percent of Chicago’s murders and shootings are gang related, according to police.”
– Investors Business Daily, July 16, 2014
The Chicago event was catalyzed by President Obama’s handling of the current border crisis. In light of the White House and congressional Democrats courting illegal immigrants from south of the border and advocating for the swarms of minor migrants descending upon the border, while ignoring Chicago (where 120 people have been shot and at least 26 killed so far this July), this group of Southside residents apparently had seen enough.
These protesters weren’t a pack of urban Epsilons with an entitlement beef, either. These were organized, purposeful residents who had lost children and other loved ones due to the incomprehensible level of violence in Chicago.
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