Terribly troubling to read what national publications are writing about Chicago and twice as painful to digest because what much of what they're writing is so true. From Investor's Business Daily's Wednesday editorial:
... People are dying fast and furiously in Chicago, so much so that it caught the CBS eye and prompted "Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley to sit down Monday night with Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff and mayor of this monument to progressive decay, and ask a very pertinent question.
"I got a letter from a viewer the other day who asked us why we were spending so much time at 'The Evening News' covering Afghanistan when more people were dying in Chicago," Pelley said. "Why is the murder rate up 30%?"
Pelley put the number of murders in Chicago at 275 so far this year. On Monday alone, nine young people were shot in suspected gang-related violence, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The revered new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "Look over here ..." away from the mounting travesty of one innocent after another being caught in the gang crossfire, while there's no outrage from black community leaders such as Rev. Jesse Jackson or Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Black Muslim Leader Louis Farrakkhan or Father Michael Pfleger ...
Emanuel responded that crimes such as burglary, armed robbery and theft are down 10%. This is true, but it's small comfort to the parents of Heaven Sutton, 7, who was killed as she tried to dodge bullets fired from the guns of gangbangers. She was selling snow cones at the time.
Heaven didn't get quite the attention of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager killed by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. When perceived racism can be invoked as a cause of death, headlines blare. When it happens in a city beset by liberalism's failures, crickets chirp.
"A city beset by Liberalism's failures." Tragic. The rest of the IBD editorial is HERE.