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What about dead black kids?


Liberals don’t seem to care

The death of Trayvon Martin makes me very sad. It is an unspeakable tragedy. But, I don’t blame George Zimmerman for shooting him in self-defense.

I blame the gangsta culture that is breeding generations of Trayvons—kids who are uneducated and morally bankrupt. Kids who have no positive dreams and aspirations. Kids without a vision to guide them into the future. This culture is corrupt, it is lifeless, violent and drug-fueled.

I blame the political establishment that enables this and lures the kids and their parents into dependence on the state after they produce illegitimate child after illegitimate child. I blame the broader culture, heavily populated by liberals, that tolerates violence against black people, as long as that violence is perpetrated by black people.

Is this an exaggeration?

Right now, the nation is fixated on the trial of George Zimmerman. He is accused of the February murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Meanwhile, over the July 4th weekend, 74 people were shot in Chicago. Mostly black victims and black perps. At least 12 were killed. Many of the injuries were very serious.

The coverage of 74 people being shot over one holiday weekend in a city with the strictest anti-gun laws in the country by the mainstream media was almost non-existent. More people were shot in the Windy City than were shot in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, over the same period. A lot more. Still, the liberal mainstream media, white liberals and black liberals were mostly silent.

Where is the compassion for these victims?

Why doesn’t Barack Obama use the presidency as a bully pulpit to decry the deaths of young black men? Why didn’t he look at the pictures of these victims in his hometown and say, “If I had a son, he’d look like some of these dead black kids?”

Where is the anger of the Democrats who run the Chicago political machine and who are so outspoken about the Trayvon Martin case? Why is it that liberals continue to agitate for more gun control, in spite of the fact that “gun-free cities” like Chicago are among the most dangerous places in the world?

The talking heads on television endlessly debate the Trayvon Martin case, but very few get into any meaningful discussions about the 74 people—mostly black teens and smaller children—who were shot in Chicago over one bloody weekend.

How can one explain such hypocrisy and moral blindness?

Most everyone knows about Trayvon, but how many know about 5-year-old Jaden Donald and 7-year-old Christian Lyles? Both were shot on Independence Day in Chicago in separate incidents. Jaden lost three organs as a result of getting caught in the crossfire. Christian was shot in the neck.

Jaden and Christian didn’t jump anyone. They weren’t prowling around a gated community. They weren’t smoking pot. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were in Chicago on July 4th. And, oh, by the way, a 72-year-old woman was also among the victims. Twelve dead. And still the nation obsesses about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.

No one is threatening to riot because of 74 shooting victims in Chicago. No one is debating the issue on cable television. There is no wall-to-wall, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the bloodbath in Chicago. If the Trayvon Martin is an epic tragedy, and it is, how much more tragic is the fact that liberals have a ho-hum attitude about 74 victims gunned down in one weekend in Chicago?

Does it really matter what color the attackers were? Shouldn’t it be alarming that there were no extenuating circumstances, like self-defense, in these shootings and that many of the victims were simply innocent bystanders? Isn’t it incredible that death tolls like this are not the exception, but the rule, in cities like Chicago?

What about the dead black kids? Don’t they count? Who made these rules? Have we lost our collective senses and are no longer able to discern right from wrong?

Where is Jesse Jackson to use his position as a “leader” to denounce the gangsta culture and to call out the hapless leaders in Chicago? He is supposed to be a preacher of the Gospel, but when is the last time you have heard him pinpoint sin as the culprit and proclaim Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the ultimate solution to these problems? How can he point a finger at the culture of illegitimacy when he has produced an illegitimate child himself?

Please take note of who runs Chicago. Take note of how Democrats, liberals, govern the city. Would this be the way you would want your community run? Is this the way you want your country to be governed? Do you want someone like Rahm Emanuel (never let a tragedy go to waste) to be your mayor? Do you want to place him and others of his ilk in power and keep them in power? How’s that working for you, Chicago?

Stalin, the Russian monster, said, “One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.” Is that what we’ve come to in America? The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy but the routine deaths of young black men on a massive scale is just a statistic? Looks that way.

Are black Americans now willing to tolerate black-on-black killings within their own communities? Are they going to blame the white man, economics, politics and the media for all of this? Will the black race continue to exist in significant numbers 50 years from now? Black-on-black homicide is wiping out a whole generation of young black males and 30 percent of the abortions in this country involve black unborns. A race cannot long survive against those odds.

And finally, what is more racist? To tolerate death that comes to black victims at the hands of black perpetrators every day in cities all over this country in grotesque numbers, or to look objectively at the evidence in one isolated case in Florida without rushing to judgment?

Ed Baswell pastors The Clarion Church and is the host of Crossfire Radio, Monday through Friday, 7-9 am. The show is aired on the KTBS-TV 24-hour news channel and on The Promise, 90.7 FM. The show is streamed live worldwide at ktbs.com and promisetalkradio.org.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.