Aurora and Chicago: A little perspective, please

Thomas Lifson
President Obama flew to Aurora, Colorado to comfort the victims of the theatre massacre yesterday.  That is something we expect of our presidents in contemporary America, evidently. But meanwhile, in the president's chosen home town and political incubator, Chicago, a far worse slaughter continues. William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection points out:

more than twice as many people have been murdered this month in the president's hometown of Chicago than were killed in the Aurora shooting.  They are just statistics for whom there will be no presidential visits or flags flown at half staff.

He cites the website Red Eye Chicago, which is following the death toll in the Windy City, which is far higher than New York and other big cities. Obama's former chief of staff is now mayor of Chicago, yet this carnage escapes his attention and concern. REC notes:

Twenty-eight stabbing deaths have been logged this year compared to 27 of these deaths last year, RedEye determined. Stabbings have accounted for about 10 percent of homicides so far this year, compared to about 6 percent last year, RedEye data shows.

Twenty-seven homicides have been logged so far in July. Fifty-five homicides were recorded in July 2011, according to RedEye data.

Victims

July 17

- Marshall Knights, a 21 year old unknown male, caused by a gunshot in South Shore.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 16

- Ricky Hankins, a 49 year old black male, caused by a stabbing in Englewood.

July 15

- Daniel Green, a 21 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in South Shore.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 14

- James Bell, a 26 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in North Lawndale.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 14

- Mark Carney, a 26 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in Lower West Side.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 14

- Andrew Jackson, a 27 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Auburn Gresham.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 12

- Martin Tejeda, a 16 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in Gage Park.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 11

- Maurice Wilson, a 22 year old black male, caused by a stabbing in Near North Side.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 11

- Elle Mills, a 53 year old black female, caused by a stabbing in Edgewater.

> Read more about this homicide.


We can confidently assume that the mainstream media will never berate the president for going to comfort the mostly white victims in Colorado while ignoring the equal trauma of far mo0re black victims in his home town. If this were a Republican president, whose former chief of staff was running a big city where blacks were being slaughtered, you can be certain they would hound himabout the presumed racism of valuing white victims more than black ones.


President Obama flew to Aurora, Colorado to comfort the victims of the theatre massacre yesterday.  That is something we expect of our presidents in contemporary America, evidently. But meanwhile, in the president's chosen home town and political incubator, Chicago, a far worse slaughter continues. William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection points out:

more than twice as many people have been murdered this month in the president's hometown of Chicago than were killed in the Aurora shooting.  They are just statistics for whom there will be no presidential visits or flags flown at half staff.

He cites the website Red Eye Chicago, which is following the death toll in the Windy City, which is far higher than New York and other big cities. Obama's former chief of staff is now mayor of Chicago, yet this carnage escapes his attention and concern. REC notes:

Twenty-eight stabbing deaths have been logged this year compared to 27 of these deaths last year, RedEye determined. Stabbings have accounted for about 10 percent of homicides so far this year, compared to about 6 percent last year, RedEye data shows.

Twenty-seven homicides have been logged so far in July. Fifty-five homicides were recorded in July 2011, according to RedEye data.

Victims

July 17

- Marshall Knights, a 21 year old unknown male, caused by a gunshot in South Shore.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 16

- Ricky Hankins, a 49 year old black male, caused by a stabbing in Englewood.

July 15

- Daniel Green, a 21 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in South Shore.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 14

- James Bell, a 26 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in North Lawndale.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 14

- Mark Carney, a 26 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in Lower West Side.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 14

- Andrew Jackson, a 27 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Auburn Gresham.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 12

- Martin Tejeda, a 16 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in Gage Park.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 11

- Maurice Wilson, a 22 year old black male, caused by a stabbing in Near North Side.

> Read more about this homicide.

July 11

- Elle Mills, a 53 year old black female, caused by a stabbing in Edgewater.

> Read more about this homicide.


We can confidently assume that the mainstream media will never berate the president for going to comfort the mostly white victims in Colorado while ignoring the equal trauma of far mo0re black victims in his home town. If this were a Republican president, whose former chief of staff was running a big city where blacks were being slaughtered, you can be certain they would hound himabout the presumed racism of valuing white victims more than black ones.