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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

African American Chicagoans want to know why they are irrelevant to President Obama

We've all heard the statistics: Chicago is one of the most deadly U.S. cities.  Eighty-two people were killed in a single July 4th weekend - two weekends ago.

Again, 82 people murdered, including children and the elderly.

We all watched when the president cried on national TV when just 20 kids at Sandy hook ES where shot and killed by a single individual, Adam Lanza.  The president even remarked at a memorial service.

We watched when Obama remarked on the killing in an Aurora movie theatre that saw James Holmes shoot, and kill, 12 people.

The president has tried to increase restrictions on gun ownership, pushing for more background checks and psychiatric testing before Americans can purchase a gun, at the resistance of Congress.

Fed up with the politics, and feeling ignored, Chicagoans took to the streets in protest last Friday.

Reports indicate that American citizens staged a march and protest outside of the Chicago police department demanding action from them, and President Obama.

Protesters speak

Folks at the Chicago protest noted that the vast majority of Chicago's black kids are not criminals; they are "regular," nonviolent children. But they must live in these viοlent communities (and manage somehow to dodge the ever-flying bullets) and are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, writes AllVoices, an online Chicago news portal. "Yet they are ignored by all levels of their own government -- especially the feds. Most black people in Chicago long ago gave up on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's police doing much more than more of the same Gestapo tactics for which Chicago is famous."

The article makes note that Chicagoans are also fed up with the Obama administration's efforts to pour money - billions - into immigration reform to help children of South America who enter the country illegally, while not giving attention to the desperate situation in America's poorest, urban areas.  

A person calling into conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham's show, where the Chicago tragedy was the topic said, “I’m living a nightmare. My whole neighborhood is so viοlent. There’s so much crime,” she explained. "...I can’t do anything, Laura! I’m trapped here.”

Read more.

Press briefing long winded on immigration reform.

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