While doing some channel surfing last week, I happened to come across a cable news network’s live broadcast of the protests and riots going on in Charlotte. A very brave white reporter along with his cameraman were right there in the middle of the protests interviewing the protesters. The passion and anger of these protesters could be felt right through my television screen. I can certainly understand, to a certain degree, the anger that these people are feeling. They want answers after another police involved shooting of a black person. This anger is not limited to Charlotte. Throughout the past couple of years, groups such as “Black Lives Matter” have held countless rallies to bring about awareness of so-called police brutality against minorities, particularly African-American people. I find it rather interesting that these groups and protesters seem to have so much anger and rage over police shootings and want to draw attention to them, yet they remain awfully quiet about the increasing problems of crime in many inner cities across the country.
Lets look at what has been going on in Chicago during the past year. In the first 3 months of this year, the murder rate has gone up 72 percent and shootings by 88 percent compared to the same period last year. That city is on pace to set all sorts of crime records. Many of the victims are young black people in the early years of their lives. Some are young children who just happen to get caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time. I find it ABSOLUTELY disgusting and appalling that this alarming increase in crime does not get anywhere near the attention that a police shooting gets! When was the last time that the “Black Lives Matter” group held a protest in the streets of Chicago demanding an end to the violence and crime. None that I can recall! I do not see people marching in the streets of Chicago holding signs and demanding that officials clean up their city. I highly doubt that many of the out-of-town protesters who are in Charlotte right now will travel to Chicago after they finish and protest in the streets of Chicago. Why not? Don’t all black lives matter? Why are people cherry picking what to get enraged about?
Before we start having a discussion about so-called minority oppression in this country that the likes of Colin Kaepernick and some high profiled athletes want to discuss, we need to start with the bigger problem of crime in our inner cities such as what is going on in Chicago. There are areas of Chicago and as a matter fact, areas of my city here in Minneapolis, St. Paul that are pure hell holes. You could not pay me to visit this places; it would be safer to visit Iraqi and other dangerous foreign countries than these areas. That is totally unacceptable in our country. Unfortunately, these problems get shoved under the rug. Why is that? Maybe the policies and politics that cause these problems will get exposed.
We do have a problem with minorities being oppressed in this country. When a young black child cannot go out and play in their neighborhood for fear of being shot, that is a huge problem. It is extremely sad that people cannot realize the bigger problems facing minorities in this country. Police shootings of black people is NOT a huge epidemic problem that many seem to think. For every black person that is killed by a police officer, there are perhaps thousands saved by some officer who is willing to go into these high crime areas to restore order and peace.
I just wish that people would recognize and be passionate about solving bigger issues facing minorities such as what Chicago is going through. I could fully support any effort involved in doing that as could most Americans. Unfortunately, it is all about those evil police officers. Let’s start having equal or greater passion about ridding our streets of those dangerous gang-banger thugs and making our cities safe for everyone.