Chicago had much cooler temperatures this weekend, and it’s amazing what 30 degrees will do for the will to cause mayhem and rioting. That and a whole lot of police resources.
In response to a melee in the Loop last weekend during which two teens were shot and at least 15 people were arrested, CPD flooded Millennium Park with resources Friday night. https://t.co/pg1j7GLC19— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) April 22, 2023
What’s more remarkable is a group of a couple of hundred people who turned out in downtown Chicago this past Saturday to “pray” for those hoodlums who caused all manner of mayhem the previous weekend.
The brought some professionally produced signage: “You matter to God. You matter to us too.”
Are these people really this clueless and naive? Or is someone paying them to turn out to support this “kinder, gentler” manner of dealing with people who destroy, assault and attack innocent people?
Interestingly, the Sun-Times didn’t even post this story on their Twitter account.
From the Sun-Times:
Nearly 400 people, led by local clergy on Saturday, took to the streets of the Loop to offer their response to last weekend’s chaos when hundreds of young people gathered downtown — with some engaging in violent acts and harassment of people on the street.
The roving groups tied up police resources and two people were shot amid the mayhem. Fifteen people were arrested.
A week later, organizers said their march was aimed at showing the city’s youth that people care about them and that they are ready to offer them opportunities in the hope it will discourage teens from taking part in future social-media fueled takeovers and acting unruly.
Because young people who have eschewed countless “opportunities” in the past are suddenly going to respond to a march downtown?
Charlie Dates, senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago and Progressive Baptist Church, cited community divestment, a gap in educational opportunities and neighborhood violence as examples of the ways some children in the city have been left behind.
The Chicago Public Schools is to blame for the gap in educational opportunities. When only 11% of black students can read at grade level, there’s a problem. When kids graduate with a diploma they can’t read, they have little in the way of opportunities to gain meaningful employment or to turn work into a career and from there get married, raise a family and become productive members of society.
Instead, all they have in front of them is the glamorous “gangsta” lifestyle.
The money, the drugs, the guns and the women.
Do yourself a favor: turn off the sound if you decide to click on the vid where I scraped these images.