Are you familiar with the old saying about the fact that even a broken clock gets the time right once a day?
The Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, got very close to being right…for once.
FoxNews.com reports that
As Chicago braces for another bloody weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is once again coming under fire for blaming a lack of morals in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods for the recent spate of violent crime.
Emanuel, who has been mayor since 2011 and is facing growing calls to resign from members of his own party, urged locals to “be a neighbor” and “speak up” to help law enforcement pursue killers, gang members and drug dealers.
After one particularly violent weekend earlier this month when more than 70 people were shot, Emanuel deflected questions about police staffing and strategy. Instead, he ignited a firestorm when he said there needs to be a politically incorrect conversation about character and values.
“This may not be politically correct,” he said, “but I know the power of what faith and family can do. … Our kids need that structure. … I am asking … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.”
He added: “If we’re going to solve this … we’ve got to have a real discussion. … Parts of the conversation cannot be off-limits because it’s not politically comfortable. … We are going to discuss issues that have been taboo in years past because they are part of the solution. … We also have a responsibility to help nurture character. It plays a role. Our kids need that moral structure in their lives. And we cannot be scared to have this conversation.”
Critics quickly called him out for what they dubbed tone-deaf comments, in which he seemed to be blaming the victims.
Shari Runner, former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, deemed the remarks insensitive. “I cannot see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I won’t accept it,” Runner said
Kwame Raoul, a Democratic state senator who is running for Illinois attorney general, took a similar view. “I think for the mayor to make a generalization about a community is more than just misspoken,” Raoul said, “it’s outright wrong,”
Here’s a question: In which communities are all of these murders and other violent crimes happening?
In my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, these same conditions exist to the extent that violent crime, including drive-bys, are now happening in the suburbs.
This is not a subject that “polite society’, i.e., “The Smartest People in the Room” likes to talk about, but it is time for a reality check.
Back in July of 2013, CNN Reporter Don Lemon (who happens to be black) caught a bunch of grief for saying,
Just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.
Politifact.com researched the statement and found out that Lemon was correct. As of the 2010 Census, Black American Babies were experiencing a 73% illegitimacy rate.
If community leaders, such as those in the featured article, the NFL and its players, Modern American Liberals, both black and white, Democrat and Republican, in Municipal, State, and National Leadership Positions, would focus their angst and “concern” over all of the violence and, as Mayor Emmanuel did, focus on the society-altering, continuing dissolution of the Black Family Unit and work toward the restoration of the Black Family Unit, instead of attempting to blame our city’s police officers for the violence in our streets, perhaps the stifling defeatism of the cycle of Generational Poverty and Crime, and the violence it brings, would eventually be a thing of the past, or greatly diminished, anyway.
Then, I wouldn’t be awakened every morning, by the Local News in Memphis, to stories about Black Americans killing each other, or driving down streets and highways in cars shooting at one another and hitting innocent people in their crossfire.
And American Families could actually watch an enjoyable Sunday Afternoon of professional football again, without the NFL Players’ public displays of their private political ideology spoiling it for everybody because then, their flimsy excuse would be gone.
But, then again…that would make too much sense.
And, if someone would have provided a male role model in the lives of those young men committing these crimes who have grown up without one, a lot of Americans, Black, white, Hispanic, etc. might still be alive.
Actions have consequences.
Until He Comes,