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January 31, 2013

HAMILTON: A darker side to a brighter Black History Month

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Niagara Gazette — But there are 34 dead Chicagoans this month alone; some of them may have even looked like Trayvon Martin, whom the president said would look like his son, if he had one. Their families are mourning their loss without the same personal and direct condolences that the families of the suburban mass murders have received from the president. I’m sorry; but it is what it is.

At current rates, the projection is that 30 more African-Americans will die on the streets of Chicago to gunfire, despite reports that in two of Chicago’s 22 police precincts, officers have pulled more illegal guns off the streets than were collected in all of New York City. NYC is three times Chicago’s size and with more than 75 precincts. Its black population just shy of 25 percent of all of the people that are in Chicago. Are new gun laws the answer? There is nothing to point to it being so, as the criminally sick won’t obey the new laws either.

But with the correlation between African-American victimhood in Chicago and its poorly-performing school system, perhaps properly educating the kids before they do the shooting is likely the answer.

In paraphrased quotes, one local Facebook contributor, who declined attribution, said, “The problem in Chicago and in every other African American community, lies in their non-belief in justice; so matters are taken into their own hands. The lack of opportunity (no jobs, no chance of redemption (due to criminal past) are examples. Put these factors on top of a poor educational structure and you create what is there now -- a bunch of ignorant boys that don't know how to settle disputes and possess a distrust for authority. So they prey on each other because they can't find a job, due to their inability to pass a drug test, the possession of a criminal record, and so on.”

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