Breeding Grounds in Chicago – April 24, 2008
Again I ask, as I did on April 14, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN CHICAGO? Re-read that article for a clearer picture of some of the nature of South Side Chicago.
The headlines coming out of Chicago are that violence and death reign in the streets of South Side, “32 shot, 2 stabbed, 9 dead” in just one weekend, from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30, 2008. Monday night, two teens were shot and two were stabbed, one of them fatally. The total for the first 3 months of this year is 22 killed, all under 26 years old.
Gangs account for a large number of the homicides, while family violence accounts for a smaller portion.
The surge in violence is especially confounding to criminologists, because the city is one of only two cities, along with Washington, D.C., in the country with a ban on handguns.
“For five years since they enacted the ban, they’ve made this effort to limit the number of guns available, but it doesn’t seem to have an effect,” Chicago Crime Commission President Jim Wagner told ABCNEWS.com. “It has not stopped gang members from getting their guns out of state and bringing them back in.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=4704126&page=1
Is there an underlying atmosphere of hatred and violence that may account for this murderous culture? South Side is the home of Trinity United Church of Christ and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose hate-filled speech is well known. He’s been planting the seeds of hate and anger for years to a predominately black congregation. What is the probable outcome if young black children are fed a steady diet of anger, rage and hatred? How will they react as teens and young twenty-somethings, before they’ve had a chance to mature, when they believe something or someone, or society in general, is totally against them and responsible for every problem they encounter? Frustation and anger can and too often does result in violence and murder.
South Side is also the home of Louis Farrakhan’s Mosque Maryam, where we all know hate speech spews from the pulpit straight into the eager ears of a predominately black congregation. There is also a white Catholic priest, Father Michael Pfleger, whose sentiments towards America, the government and whites, matches that of Farrakhan and Wright. He has had Islamic Farrakhan speak in his Catholic church. The Vatican isn’t particularly pleased with Pfleger’s choices and speech. But he doesn’t care. He uses his Catholic church to promote his personal agenda. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan and Michael Pfleger have been infecting thousands of kids with hatred for years. Common sense suggests that one is the cause and the other is the effect.
Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 2:03:57 PM by skimbell
Nobody expected Saturday’s Operation PUSH protest at Chuck’s Gun Shop & Range to be anything other than a circus of the bizarre. However, nobody anticipated that an address by a Chicago priest would include a call for the murder of a suburban gun shop owner and legislators who oppose gun control.
During an address at an anti-gun rally in front of Chuck’s, Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina’s Church, exhorted the crowd to “drag” shop owner, John Riggio, from his shop “like a rat” and “snuff” him. Rev. Pfleger went on to tell the crowd that legislators that vote against gun control legislation should be “snuffed”…
(Excerpt) Read more at isra.org …
Here’s an irony or double-standard, or just a case of the pot calling the kettle black:
The same Michael Pfleger calling for the murder of a gun shop owner placed twenty billboards around town denouncing rappers that perpetuate violence, such as Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Nelly, 50 Cent and G-Unit and Chicago native Twista…”all negative rappers”.
Rev. Michael Pfleger stated ���If we are going to end the violence and the disrespect of women, we must fight every form of negativity, including the music industry. We urge the community to STOP listening to trash.���
This is not the first time, Saint Sabina has spoken out against a number of issues in the past, including racism, the retail sale of drug paraphernalia and grain alcohol as well as the rise of alcohol and tobacco billboards in the African-American community.
It’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do.
Throw in the too often hate-filled lyrics of black hiphop and rap that black youth, in general, listen to for hours every day and night and you’ve got a potentially dangerous generation of South Side black youth. Why am I specifying black youth? Because theirs are the neighborhoods where the shootings and stabbings are occurring. Of course, there are the normal numbers of crime occurring elsewhere, but officials and citizens alike are alarmed at the sharp increase in crimes in the largely black areas of South Side.
Kanye West is a Chicagoan whose anger against the American government and whites is well known. He was seen ranting about it on PBS during a fundraiser for Katrina victims. He can only have an ill effect on the youth that listen to him .
Bill Ayers is a Chicagoan infecting students at the University. Why is a man with his background, past crime and attempted murder and terrorist activities, along with his wife, allowed to teach America’s youth in a university? He plants the seeds of discontent which may be carried to its logical conclusion, rage and violence. That’s how he responded to his own discontent and anger, so there’s proof of what this kind of teaching can do to the youth in South Side.
It has also been home to two generations of Jesse Jacksons.
Obama has campaigned on his experience as a community organizer in this very area of Chicago. He’s also been their representative in the State and U.S. Senate. I don’t see an accomplishment there for Obama to brag about. If he could affect change anywhere, it should be there, where he is a celebrity figure, member in good standing of Trinity United Church of Christ, endorsed by Farrakhan and Kanye West. The violence increased in the last two years. Obama should have recognized, because common sense and living there should have made it plain, that the change he needed to make was to try to temper the outrageous rantings of the three preachers at these three nests of hate speech. The baby haters are now running the streets with illegal guns in their hands. Even the ones who haven’t been in these churches, are constantly exposed to adults and other youth who have been. It seems to be the culture of SOUTH SIDE CHICAGO.
Obama has been ineffective at changing people and conditions in his own neighborhood, church, university and circle of friends, or any Democrats. How can we believe that he will be able to change Republicans, whites, people of different ideolgies and faiths, if he can’t affect change in his own backyard?