What about these dead black kids?

By Joseph Farah

Don’t get me wrong; I mourn for Trayvon Martin.

It’s a tragedy that any young kid like him will not live to see adulthood.

But I don’t blame George Zimmerman for shooting him in self-defense.

I blame the corrupt, violent, lifeless, drug and gangsta culture that is breeding generations of Trayvons – kids who are uneducated, devoid of morals, without vision, dreams and aspirations.

I blame a political establishment that fosters all of this and lures kids and their parents into dependency on the state.

I blame the broader culture that tolerates violence against black people – as long as that violence is perpetrated by black people.

You think I’m exaggerating?

As the nation is fixated on George Zimmerman’s trial for the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, over the weekend, 74 people were shot in Chicago – most of them black victims attacked by black perps. At least 12 were killed. Many of the injuries are serious.

Almost no one is talking about 74 people being shot in one holiday weekend in a city with the strictest anti-gun laws in the country. That’s more Americas that were shot in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the same time period – a lot more.

Where is the compassion for these victims?

Why isn’t Barack Obama looking at the pictures of these victims in his hometown and saying, “If I had a son …”?

Where is the anger of those liberals and Democrats who run the Chicago political machine and who are so outspoken about the Trayvon Martin case?

And when will Americans take notice of the fact that “gun-free cities” like Chicago are among the most dangerous places in the world?

Endlessly the talking heads on television debate the Trayvon Martin case. Nobody pays any attention to the 74 people – mostly black teens or smaller children – who were shot in Chicago in one bloody weekend.

What can one say about such hypocrisy and moral blindness?

We all know about Trayvon, but how many know about 5-year-old Jaden Donald and 7-year-old Christian Lyles – both shot on Independence Day in Chicago in separate incidents. Jaden Donald lost three organs as a result of getting caught in the crossfire. They 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 – Chicago on July 4.

A 72-year-old woman was also among the victims.

Twelve dead, 62 injured.

And still we obsess about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.

No one is threatening to riot over the 72 shooting victims in Chicago. No one is having debates on cable television. There is no wall-to-wall, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the bloodbath in Chicago.

If, indeed, the Trayvon Martin case is an epic tragedy, how much more is the fact that we have a ho-hum attitude about 74 victims gunned down in one weekend in Chicago?

Does it really make a difference what color the attackers are?

Shouldn’t it be alarming that there were no extenuating circumstances, like self-defense, in these shootings and that many of the victims were innocent bystanders?

Isn’t it incredible that death tolls like this are not the exception but the rule in cities like Chicago?

What about these dead black kids? Don’t they count?

Who made these rules?

Have we collectively lost our senses and any ability to discern right from wrong?

Take note of who is running Chicago and how. Is this the way you want your community run? Is this the way you want your nation governed? Are these the kind of people you want to place and keep in power?

What’s more racist – to tolerate death on a routine and mass scale or to look objectively at the evidence in one isolated case in Florida without rushing to judgment?


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