In Part 1 I ran down the basics of IL Chicago gun laws and stated that they have nothing to do with the record number of shootings the city has seen this year. Here in Part II I’ll explain why I came to that conclusion, as well as attempt to shed some light on the problem. Some will not agree with my viewpoint, and I may even lose friends over it – so be it.
Who and Where
There are two points that need to be understood before we can move forward:
1 – The majority of the murders taking place in Chicago are occurring, for the most part, in three, maybe four areas, with the majority on the South and West sides.
Chicago likes to split areas up and name them, like ‘Bucktown’, ‘Lincoln Park’, ‘Little Village’, ‘Gold Cost’, ‘Brick of the Yards’, etc… On a map the “neighborhoods” with the highest murder rates are clustered together, thus my use of the word “areas.”
Most of the city goes about its day never hearing a shot fired.
2 – The majority of the murders in Chicago are committed by a small number of, usually, repeat offenders, and they are gang-related, black on black crimes. Yes, there are murders that happen outside that demographic, and there are certainly Latino gangs in the city engaged in nefarious behavior, but an undeniable fact is that the largest amount of homicides are attributed to young black males killing young black males where they live.
Those young black males live in the Chatham, Chicago Lawn, Austin, Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Humbolt Park, New City, South Shore, West Englewood, Roseland (and a few other) sections. Click here if you want a breakdown of murders by neighborhood.
Some of those neighborhoods border others and cause “spillage” of crime, as there aren’t any solid lines defining “go/no go” zones.
Race has everything to do with this issue, and many will claim I have no business voicing any opinion since I’m white (well, I’m mostly white, anyway.) Of course, most Americans of all racial backgrounds have a mixing somewhere in their past, and, if you go back far enough, we all came from the same place and DNA. But that fact will be lost on the Farrakhan-followers and Christian Identity-types, as well as La Raza promoters, Social Justice Warriors, Black Lives Matter protestors, members of Rage Against the Machine, Michelle Obama, and Marxist university professors promoting white guilt.
With that in mind, as well as the caveat that I do not claim to be a “historian” nor an “expert” on this subject, I’ll do my best to answer the “why is this happening?” question.
Centuries in the Making
We’ll be starting a ways back in American history, which will not be a pleasant journey for most.
America has a number of blights (more like giant goiters) on its record when it comes to equality. There is no denying the US government destroyed the Indian nations, allowed slavery, and at one time treated Irish, Italian and Chinese immigrants as second-class citizens. One might say racism was institutionalized, but that doesn’t mean all Americans supported it, nor does it mean Americans were acting any different than any other nation or race has in history. What no one ever likes to admit is that if you go back far enough in any person’s genealogy, their ancestors were not only slaves, but slave owners. That goes for every race on the planet. Slavery is a human sin, not just an American sin, or a “white” sin. If you don’t think people of every race are capable of racism, you’re naive, at best, and pushing an evil agenda, at worst. Slavery is still practiced in Africa in some Muslim nations, and the history of the Barbary Pirates is worth looking into if one is interested in the subject.
However, in America, the brunt of slavery was inflicted on blacks. The majority (not all) slaves in America were black, and the majority of slave owners (not all) were white. The majority of human beings brought to America as slaves were black, and even those that didn’t own them (which was the vast majority of citizens), and those who abhorred slavery, had little interest in black people being considered as equals. To make it clear, few who were against slavery had any desire for black men to marry their daughters – and after the Civil War every city in the North did not turn into a multi-cultural panacea – blacks lived where blacks lived, and whites lived where whites lived, and few – white or black – had any problem with that.
But, one important fact is that through the 1950’s, even in the poorest black homes, the nuclear family existed. Black men were fathers to their children, which presented black children a chance to have it better than their parents did. Yes, education and wealth were a struggle that far exceeded the required efforts of many white children, but the foundations for betterment were there. Because of that the number of black doctors, pilots, engineers, teachers, writers, and business owners, etc., began to grow, and flourish.
Granted, due to the regressive racism of the Southern states, and the political winds in the North, the post-Civil War era of America was not doing any favors for its black inhabitants. Regardless, there was still forward movement of blacks towards economic and educational equality, which eventually set the stage for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s (100-years after the Civil War.)
The New Deal
At the same moment in the 60’s when educated black activists began marching en mas, President Lyndon Johnson (D), by accident of fate, I’m sure, introduced his Great Society. A series of welfare, education, equality, and economic bills that, according to him would:
“..build a Great Society. It is a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled.”
What he failed to mention was that he was a racist bastard who saw the inevitable and used the situation to buy the black vote to maintain control. Johnson biographers Robert Caro and Robert Dallek have documented Johnson’s racism – some excuse it, calling Johnson a “man of the times”, but in my opinion he knew exactly what he was doing and why. Either way, the results speak for themselves.
During the 60’s there were four separate Civil Rights Acts passed, along with bunch of other Great Society laws. Many were good, some were weak, and others were rotten to the core. Two of the worst were the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and the Food Stamp Act of 1964 – both passed when Johnson declared a “War on Poverty!” And, as many of us have tried to point out through the years, when government declares war on a problem, we get more of the problem.
In the short term much of it seemed to work – in the long term, the programs were apocalyptically destructive for black families. The most devastating consequence of the expanded welfare legislation was that it was now more beneficial for a woman to have a baby out of wedlock than if she were married. No husband = bigger check. More kids = bigger check.
The most devastating consequence of the New Deal legislation as a whole was to convince the black population of America that Democrats actually care about them, have their best interest at heart, and that government programs make their lives better.
Regardless of anyone’s thoughts on racism, “Christian duty”, history, or politics, it is an absolute fact that the system in place encourages broken homes and fatherless children. It’s now infecting its 4th generation of victims – and disproportionately effecting black families. Why do I say disproportionately when there are a lesser percentage of blacks on welfare than whites? Because there are more black people on welfare per capita when you factor in their total percentage of population.