How much blood does Black Lives Matter have on its hands? It’s hard to nail down those numbers. Especially since BLM’s race riots also overlapped with a pandemic crime spree caused by the mass release of criminals and refusal to lock up new criminals by pro-crime states and cities. But here’s a small snapshot from Chicago.
Of just one day.
None of these numbers come as a surprise, as the year unfolded with news reports about violence that often included the word “deadliest,” such as after Memorial Day weekend, the deadliest in five years. Then a few days later, May 31, ended with more homicides — 18 — than in any single day in memory.
Chicago was not alone. During that weekend in particular, which came after the death of George Floyd after being forcibly detained by Minneapolis police, cities across the United States witnessed spasms of violence.
The Chicago Tribune had a special feature on May 31. The victims of the shootings appear to be black.
A hardworking father killed just before 1 a.m.
A West Side high school student murdered two hours later.
A man killed amid South Side looting at a cellphone store at 12:30 p.m.
A college freshman who hoped to become a correctional officer, gunned down at 4:25 p.m. after getting into an argument in Englewood.
While Chicago was roiled by another day of protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The lab’s data doesn’t go back further than 1961.
Black Lives Matter.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a longtime crusader against gun violence who leads St. Sabina Church in Auburn Gresham, said it was “open season” last weekend in his neighborhood and others on the South and West sides.
“On Saturday and particularly Sunday, I heard people saying all over, ‘Hey, there’s no police anywhere, police ain’t doing nothing,’” Pfleger said.
“I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour,” he added. “No police came. I got in my car and drove around to some other places getting looted [and] didn’t see police anywhere.”
Pfleger, as some may remember, was another Obama mentor, who also embraced Farrakhan and was notorious for his hysterical gun control rallies. He’s also done the usual tour of anti-police protests. And here he is claiming that the people he knows are buying guns for a race war. (Pfleger is white, his community is black.)
“We’ve seen this huge explosion of people (across America) buying guns, so I think that has trickled down to other communities too. I mean, everybody has a gun now. I’ve had people who have never owned a gun tell me, “Brother Mike, I know how you feel about them, but you know, the reality is that I gotta protect myself and if there is going to be a race war, I gotta be ready.”
But while pushing some police defunding, Pfleger keeps pivoting back to… enforcement.
“We have to do better at it. If people know that there is a 95% chance of getting caught and going to jail if I shoot someone — that will reduce gun violence.”
Nah. That’s not going to happen. What does happen is you lock up the repeat offenders who are driving the violence, especially gang members and drug dealers before they shoot someone. If you decriminalize everything except actually killing someone, you’re going to have exactly what they have in Chicago.
But Pfleger’s original admission is there.
What was driving the violence was a sense of impunity caused by Black Lives Matter and its allies who helped divert and shut down policing. And 18 black people died in one day.
Black Lives Matter. Right?