Stop whitewashing Chicago's black crime wave
Written By Timothy Fitz on Friday, June 10, 2011 | 6/10/2011 06:15:00 AM
The people who live, work, go to school, and shop in those areas are on pins and needles.
The quality of life in some of Chicago's finer neighborhoods has been reduced to a level of fear, once reserved for the city's ghettos.
New kids on the block: Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, say they are going to put the big, bad thugs out of business.
Don’t hold your breath.
Days after their bold, yet seemingly hollow declaration of war against flash mobs, more attacks occurred on the Near North Side.
In fact, the criminals seem to be thumbing their noses at their authority.
As appalling as the downtown flash mobs are, Chicago’s black crime problem (Oops! Did I say that out loud?) isn’t isolated to Michigan Avenue and the Near North Side.
What about the innumerable robberies, shootings, assaults, and thefts committed by black suspects all over Chicago?
Like I said, the downtown gang attacks are revolting. However, the importance of a crime isn't measured by its location and the number of offenders involved. In my book, all crime is important, and we cannot stop the violence in one area, without addressing the violence in all areas.
22-year-old Aeyanuna Rogers, a Northern Illinois University graduate, was shot in the head Monday, May 30, 2011, after a fight erupted between several black male suspects in Hyde Park.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, a woman carrying a baby was pushed down the stairs at the Sheridan “L” stop at 3940 North Sheridan Road. The suspects, two African-American men, riffled through the woman’s diaper bag looking for money, after they callously tossed her and a 2-year-old down a flight of stairs.
Earlier this month, several citizens were pepper sprayed and robbed in Lakeview by black offenders.
And what about the steady stream of black on black violence in neighborhoods like Englewood, Roseland, South Shore, and the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side?
Let’s face the facts. Chicago has a black crime problem and the media can't make it go away by refusing to print the suspects' race.
Whitewashing Chicago's black crime wave is not the solution. It's part of the problem. When a group of people routinely break the law, the public has a right to know who the guilty parties are.
When the press obscures a criminal's identity, by withholding his or her race, they do a major disservice to their readers. How are people supposed to identify and protect themselves from a perpetrator with no race or ethnicity?
Instead of a world-class city, Chicago is starting to feel like a lawless, third world country; where criminals rape and plunder at their leisure, while well-paid figureheads, who are protected by guns, shamelessly deny law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves.
Rahm Emanuel. Garry McCarthy. If you are not going to give us the right to carry concealed weapons, then take the handcuffs off the Chicago Police Department and put them on the criminals, where they belong!
We. Want. Our. City. Back!
Posted by Timothy Fitz -- Added: 6/10/2011 06:15:00 AM