Chicago is in deep trouble and it just keeps getting worse. Mass violence over the past weekend saw nine adults and six minors arrested, as widespread shootings, arson, vandalism, and looting took place.
It looked like something out of Somalia or an intense war zone, but according to Chicago’s new far-left Mayor Brandon Johnson, these youth just don’t have enough “opportunities.”
Fellow leftist state Senator Robert Peters agrees, saying the violence is just a “protest” and a “political act.”
Since I’m a glutton for punishment and I’m sure I’m gonna get the most unhinged, crime weirdo replies but:
I would look at the behavior of young people as a political act and statement. It’s a mass protest against poverty and segregation.
Rest in peace to my mentions.
— Robert Peters (@RobertJPeters) April 16, 2023
Mostly Peaceful Mass Violence?
Johnson is still waiting to be sworn in as mayor and Lori Lightfoot is still leading the city. Both said the violence of crowds of thousands destroying things next to Millennium Park was understandable and more or less wrote it off.
Their point of view is these mostly black teens and young adults are frustrated about racism and not having good jobs.
Can you imagine if a crowd of angry young, right-wing white men who couldn’t find good jobs and felt bored went out and started smashing cars, looting stores, and burning down a city?
The corporate media would start hyperventilating in distress.
Though we have groups of these “youth” beating up women in the street, smashing cars, burning businesses, and stealing everything in sight. The leadership of Chicago and its state government consider it a “political act.”
Peters is completely out to lunch here and his reference to “segregation” is bizarre. What is he talking about?
The word that Peters, Lightfoot, and Johnson are looking for here is “crime.” This is a crime. Just because a thousand people do a crime or have non-white skin tones doesn’t make it not a crime.
Here is a compilation of the videos posted on social media by the youths who rioted in downtown #Chicago last weekend. They attacked tourists, smashed up cars, started fires, & were involved in shootings. The mayor-elect said they lack opportunities. pic.twitter.com/GlYkmxbCXy
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 19, 2023
The Bottom Line
The future of Chicago is in question in a very big way. Businesses like Walmart are closing downtown and cops don’t want to get involved in these crazy events anymore.
When you have the political leadership of a city excusing and justifying violence, it’s no wonder that the city is falling apart.
There’s no excuse for this kind of mass violence and recklessness. If nothing serious is done, the future of downtown Chicago will be a lawless, abandoned ghost town.This article appeared in StatesmanPost and has been published here with permission.