One would think that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might tread lightly given the widespread dissatisfaction of certain residents of his fiefdom with him. Earlier this month, black residents from Chicago’s Southside held a protest in front of the Chicago Police Department decrying violence in their communities. Over 130 people have been shot in Chicago in street violence this month; around a third of those shootings proved fatal. At least 82 people were shot over the Fourth of July holiday weekend alone.
The protest was catalyzed by President Obama’s handling of the current border crisis, and 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.
“Barack will go down as the worst president ever elected,” one resident declared.
Yet this week, Emanuel, a former Obama administration chief of staff, announced a plan to house young illegal immigrants from Central America in Chicago, reportedly proposing to shelter an additional 1,000 of them by year’s end. The Chicago area already has nine such facilities with roughly 500 beds for illegal-immigrant youths already in the United States.
The influx of these illegals and the suspicious circumstances surrounding their arrival is bad enough, of course; in concert with controversial White House designs, Emanuel also wants the federal government to pay for the youths’ shelter, education, health care, food, safety and social services, as well as free legal services so that the youths can avoid deportation.
Given that the pretext for this barrage of illegal immigrants is their supposed flight from violence in their Central American countries, there is a certain irony in the notion of sending them to Chicago, which is obviously in the running for the U.S. Murder Capital 2014 Grand Prize. Perhaps Emanuel is thinking is that the MS-13 gang members among these “refugee minors” will feel right at home in his city.
Obama’s intention to remake America in his own perverse and squalid image, and Emanuel’s callous disregard for Chicago’s black denizens aside, the two former Chicago bath house-hoppers obviously don’t even seem to care about appearances anymore. While they certainly possess the facility to have taken care of the immigrant issue more “quietly” (something at which they’ve become quite adept), Emanuel preferred to give black Chicagoans what amounted to a big, fat middle finger with his announcement.
The mastodon in the room however, is the question of where America’s black leaders are hiding. Chicago in fact has some of the most historically vocal ostensible advocates for the black community. Rev. Jesse Jackson has headquartered himself in Chicago for decades, yet he has been curiously absent in recent months concerning the plight of Chicago’s black population, surfacing only briefly to hurl inane, broad civil rights policy bombs that bring early-onset Alzheimer’s to mind.
I find it interesting how America’s entire civil rights activism machine is capable of powerfully and effectively mobilizing in the name of one gangsta wannabe who gets shot in self-defense by a white guy (who really wasn’t white, but it served the melanin-pimping media narrative), but it lays dormant like the dragon Smaug from The Hobbit, dozing happily under its piles of gold while black kids in Chicago – and increasingly in other cities, by the way – are being felled by the hundreds.
Perhaps it’s the fact that progressive-socialist policies have brought about these very conditions, thus serving the Obama cabal’s objectives, has something to do with it.
That and their desire to see America burn, of course.