Horrific Chicago: 311 murders year to date
Embed from Getty Images Black lives don’t matter in horrific Chicago, Ill.; unchecked murders demand martial law CHICAGO — Blood is surging in the streets of this metropolis nicknamed the “Windy City.” A more appropriate moniker would
Black lives don’t matter in horrific Chicago, Ill.; unchecked murders demand martial law
CHICAGO — Blood is surging in the streets of this metropolis nicknamed the “Windy City.” A more appropriate moniker would be “Blood Alley,” as human blood is literally flowing through the urban core from unchecked murders.
Calamity reigns in 2016 in Chicago, as 1,818 people have been shot in gun violence, 311 murdered, and 1,538 wounded. June has been the bloodiest month with a total of 289 people shot, 51 killed, and 240 wounded, as of June 21.
Fifty-six were shot and 13 killed over the Father’s Day weekend, alone.
Strikingly, mayhem in Chicago ranks right up there with some of the most violent spots globally — Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Karachi, Pakistan; Mogadishu, Somalia; Beirut, Lebanon; and the West Bank in Israel.
The city and its police department appear shell-shocked, only the carnage is not the result of exploding bombs from artillery shelling (God forbid) like in the Middle East, but rather from gunfire gone awry in a morbid free-for-all. The carnage is largely Black-on-Black, gang, and street drug-related.
The bloodletting in Chicago makes a mockery of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The handwriting has been on the walls in perpetuity. Young, poor, scarcely educated, jobless African Americans were primed for the slaughter. These idle minds were bound to clash.
People saw death walking up the street, draped in a dark veil, scythe in hand — an eons-old spirit spoken of in the bible. Clerics know of this personality by his many names — self-hatred, drug denizen, spirit of vengeance, unforgiving spirit. The names are self-fulling and represent evil at its most resolute — a reflection of the worst crimes race hatred could ever visit upon Black Americans in the last century.
Murder is murder. Spilled blood is spilled blood. Slavery’s inhumane indignities, Jim Crow lynchings, assassinations of civil rights icons, 16th Street Baptist Church bombing murders in Birmingham, Ala., the heinous killing of Emmett Till, police brutality in 2016, the Dylann Roof massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, or the ongoing bloodbath in South and East Chicago, and every other urban hamlet in the nation from Compton and South L.A., to Harlem, NY, it’s all the same — murder in cold blood.
The perpetrators, whether Black street gangster, drug dealer, White supremacist, or terrorist cop — all are overcome and subject to the puppet strings of the same dark spirit of murder, hate, and vengeance that reigns in America, today.
Isaiah 59: 7 addressed this sort before the birth of Christ Jesus. “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.”
We are witnessing an assault by this terrible spirit in Chicago. The challenge falls on the shoulder of the Church in America, because the ultimate problem and challenge are spiritual in nature, even if it’s a truth few may embrace. Then, city government must interplay and take the requisite action that government is expected to take — evoke martial law until such a time that order is restored.
Where is the concerted voice of America? The silence is deafening. Where is Mayor Rahm Emanuel? Where is President Obama, who hails from Chicago? He could lend significance voice to the problem. It certainly couldn’t hurt.