Israel Wilson in response to Chicago Tribune
I AM OUTRAGED about this. A child was murdered and we need to change these communities so that things like this don’t happen. Yet, this article offers no solution to the murders in Chicago. Instead it makes it seem as though Black Americans don’t care about the murders happening in Chicago. We’ve been talking about the murders in Chicago for over 20 years and several conferences have been held in the last 13 months to address the problem.
Eric Holder HAS addressed the murders in Chicago, but, how do we stop these murders? The governing bodies in Chicago created the current crisis there just as the occupational force in Iraq created the crisis there. Could police have prevented this murder? I would venture to say no. Did policing play a part in creating the culture that made this murder possible? Absolutely.
Without county jails and state prisons, gangs would have no power base. Without federal pens gangs wouldn’t have spread. When people in communities feel protected by police who have a vested interest in their well being, rather than feeling victimized by police who spend the majority of their time and effort penalizing people because they live within a certain zip code, they will support police efforts. When children are educated and doors are opened to them they will feel hopeful and make better choices. Billions of dollars are being spent to occupy poor American neighborhoods. That occupation does not result in less crime. What if those same billions were allocated to education and job creation? How many lives could we save then? I AM OUTRAGED BY THIS MURDER! If police and prisons could stop murders America would have the least amount of murders in the developed world rather than the opposite. Let’s do something about it.