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January 31, 2013

HAMILTON: A darker side to a brighter Black History Month

Niagara Gazette — Fourteen year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a beautiful young black girl who performed at the Washington, DC inauguration of President Barack Obama, was recently murdered in the nation’s third-largest city, the home of Obama.

Hadiya is the victim of a sick society that is drunk on the drug of “Me-ness” and whose meanness has resulted in forty-two savage gun-related homicides thus far this year in that city.

There are three significant things about the murders in Chicago:

• Attached to every murdering firearm that was a disturbed human that needs to be taken off the streets

• 80 percent of all of the murders had black victims; that is thirty-four people in a city whose population is only 32 percent black

• Unlike the Denver suburb of Aurora Colo., where the theater shooting occurred; or the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, where the Sikh Temple shooting took place; or the tony suburban hamlet of Newtown Conn., where the Sandy Hook School Massacre took place, there is no report of President Obama going to console the parents of these 42 victims.

I stop short of saying that the president doesn’t care about the families of his Chicago supporters who carried him on their shoulders to victory; but I will suggest that perhaps a public visit to Chicago just isn’t as newsworthy or agenda fulfilling event for the president. Who knows?

But, what I do know is that my column that appeared in this paper on Sept. 19, 2008, asked the question if the election of Barack Obama as president would mean the end of affirmative action. While I feared that it would, I never thought that it would signal the end of action for and by black people altogether.

But, seemingly it did, because none of the victims of the either the Aurora or the Oak Creek shootings were black, and there was only one bi-racially black child at Sandy Hook who died at the hands of what is apparently a madman.

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