Opinion / Politics

Covering Shootings Depends on What’s Trendy

shootingsWhen NASCAR’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace, and his racing team learned of  a noose at his workplace, the saturation process began.

First the media went into overdrive to discuss ropes, nooses and the history of lynchings historically perpetrated by white folk upon the black community. We even heard mention of the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice, also known as the lynching museum, in Montgomery, Ala., which opened in 2018.

Then, the FBI sent 15 agents to the Talladega Speedway in Alabama to scour the noose territory. But the nation’s top federal investigative arm determined no hate crime occurred. When NASCAR released photos of the rope, we ultimately learned that a noose is still a noose — except when it’s used to pull garage doors at racetracks.

In Chicago on that same Father’s Day weekend, 104 people were shot, the most for a weekend since 2012 in the Windy City, a metropolis long plagued by black-on-black violence. But the trendy Talladega story vacuumed up most of the oxygen.

As Chicago black community activist Tio Hardiman said, “I wasn’t surprised because Bubba Wallace is a celebrity. And you know how the media loves celebrities.”

Apparently so.

Still, perhaps the FBI should have shipped, say, 12 of those agents to find out what the hell happened in Chicago that same weekend. Most of the rampant shootings in Chicago traditionally have been black-on-black issues. “Probably 80 percent,” Hardiman estimated. Just another day in the neighborhood, meaning it’s old news for national media.

And we’re not talking Mr. Rogers’ Hood, either.

Also, in other major cities for the Fourth of July:

— In Philadelphia, a 6-year-old boy died after he sustained a gunshot wound, one of five fatal shootings in a span of about five hours Sunday afternoon.

— In Atlanta on Saturday and early Sunday, at least four people were shot to death, including an 8-year-old girl when gunmen opened fire into her car. At least 22 others were wounded in several separate skirmishes.

The controversial Hardiman, 57, lives on the South Side of  Chicago. “I hear gunfire every day, all year round,” he said. “I know the difference between fireworks and gunfire.”

He is sort of an outlier in today’s social climate. Most black folk, at least publicly today, only want to discuss police killings. But Hardiman, director of Violence Interrupters in Chicago, says count him out of that one-sided narrative.

“When people get upset with me for talking about black-on-black violence,” Hardiman said, “I get upset with them for not talking about it.”

On Father’s Day weekend, of those 104 shootings, 15 resulted in deaths. The next weekend, the Chicago Casualty Report stated 65 shot, with 18 homicides.

On Fourth of July weekend, the count was 87 shootings with 17 deaths, including a 7-year-old girl who died late Saturday night after being shot in the head.

Hardiman essentially is Chicago’s atomizer: He takes a monstrosity of a catastrophe and tries to convert it into more granular particles for explanatory purposes.

“A lot of the violence in Chicago is about misunderstandings,” Hardiman said. “It’s the ‘strain theory.’ People are living in stressful situations. Some people have mental-health issues; some have no money; some can’t communicate; some don’t know how to solve problems.

“So, the gasoline is already in these neighborhoods; it just takes someone to get angry about something or react to something, light the match and start the fire.”

He noted that shootings on the south and west sides of Chicago have maintained a steady pace because of these scenarios:

— Revenge/retaliation conflicts.

— Armed robberies.

— I-just-don’t-like-you encounters.

— Gang-banger rivalries.

— Guilt-by-association confrontations.

— Killings to gain street credibility from neighborhood peers.

— Jealousy-driven clashes.

— Body-count-for-notch-on-the-belt situations.

— Low arrest records, which mean a single assailant can account for multiple and repeated shootings and homicides.

“It’s easier to get away with shootings and murders here than selling drugs,” Hardiman said. “The arrest record is very low.”


“A lot of people don’t want to talk,” he said. “Witnesses feel intimidated.”

Note that within the past year an 18-year-old pregnant woman was fatally shot after she had testified against a man convicted of murdering her cousin. A hitman was paid $5,000 to execute her. That’s why some black community groups have requested that Chicago police offer better resources for protection and safeguards of witnesses.

Two other recent tragedies: Two black teenagers purchasing candy in a store were shot and killed when they asked a 6-foot-4 black male, “How tall are you?” while standing in line in a store and a 3-year-old girl was shot only 30 minutes after a 15-year-old boy was shot only a half-mile away in what police believe was a retaliatory shooting.

The bet here is that most readers weren’t aware of either matter. Why not? Because black-on-black crime basically is deemed an afterthought by most major media; so are black-on-white incidents.

Therefore, the victims don’t become household names. Therefore, in this climate, if a black person isn’t killed by a police officer or a white person, that life apparently isn’t worth a damn.

So, it seems the term Black Lives Matter is a misnomer; perhaps “Selective Black Lives Matter” is more apropos.

Reprinted with Permission from - Inside Source by - Gregory Clay

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Stan d. Upnow
2 years ago

Yeah, “black lives matter” only when they can be used to incite subversive riots and hatred to further the goals of the Communists who are BLM.
Between abortions and murders, the Left will get their dream of eliminating the Black population. Don’t forget, the KKK were All Democrats. The slave-owning South were All Democrats. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and an ardent racist, was a Leftist(Progressive-Socialist). But, go ahead and keep voting for what you think are “Democrats” looking out for you, all you Blacks. You’ll find out……….. too late.

2 years ago

When somebody from Black Lives Matter BLM asks you whether Black Lives Matter? Don’t answer them with “All Lives Matter” because they will then accuse you of being a racist! Instead, tell them “All Black Lives Matter!”, you know, the black on black murder victims, all the aborted black babies, NOT JUST THEIR POLITICAL AGENDAS! They don’t seem to care about the black victims of black on black crime or aborted black babies.
Ask them: “Don’t their lives matter?”
Enough of their political hypocrisy alfeady!

Dan W.
2 years ago

I was buying most of this article until getting to a part about the afterthought of black on white crime. The inflated percentage of black people on death row for killing white people is proof that our legal system pays close attention when a black person kills a white person.

John Wesley
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Will you explain to me how a black person can be convicted of killing a black person when there are no witnesses? Don’t blame it on the system when you need witnesses to get a conviction. The article explains why blacks will not testify. When 93% of interracial crime is black on white and only 7% white on black also tends to explain your issue with the system.

Stan d. Upnow
2 years ago
Reply to  John Wesley

You can be convicted on forensic evidence alone. Witness accounts can be unreliable, or they can outright lies. Remember the big lie regarding the “Gentle Giant,” Michael Brown? — Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.

Stan d. Upnow
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan W.

“inflated percentage?”
Want to explain that Dan? Maybe they are on Death Row because they did the crime. All you morons whining about too many blacks in prison. They’re there because they Should be there! Fact is, not Enough criminals are locked-up for good.
I knew a career criminal once. In and Out of prison over half his life. What do you think he did when he wasn’t in prison? Take a wild guess.

Dan W.
2 years ago
Reply to  Stan d. Upnow

Come on Stan. You know that all lives matter but that white lives matter just a little bit more especially in those states that have the most executions each year.
If a black man kills a black man or if a white man kills a black man, prosecutors are less likely to elect to proceed with a death penalty prosecution. In those cases, prosecutor takes the death penalty off the table before the trial even starts.

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