Gun violence in Chicago: Black leaders convene ‘emergency summit’<quoted text>
I just don't understand the eerie silence from the left and the black community when blacks are killing so many black children in one city - and have been for decades. One case of mistaken identity and self defense in Florida and they take to the streets and are outraged.
It makes absolutely no sense to me.
Both President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have come home to Chicago to talk about youth and gun violence and to promote the administration’s gun control efforts. The first lady attended the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old majorette who was shot and killed a week after she performed in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Obama said she saw herself in the dead African-American teen from the city’s south side:“Hadiya’s family was just like mine,” she said.“Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.”
Across the country, from New Orleans to Detroit, activists and politicians have sought to curb the day-to-day gun play that has engulfed so many neighborhoods. In Chicago, police stepped up their efforts by shifting personnel to targeted neighborhoods. The city boasted a 24% decline in murders from last year, with some crediting the new policing strategy and others a cooler than normal spring. But as summer in the city heats up, so has gun violence. As of this Wednesday, there have been 226 murders in Chicago, down from 299 a year ago at this time, according to Chicago police. Shootings are also down this year, from 1,346 last year at this time to 1,020.