No Trayvon outcry for Tayshawn
The November 2 execution-style vengeance killing of nine-year old Chicago resident Tayshawn Lee has been completely ignored by the Black Lives Matter movement. Likewise, Lee's tragic death remains unacknowledged by so-called black "leaders" like the rabble-rousing Al Sharpton or fellow Chicagoan Jesse Jackson. Even the former Chicago community organizer Barack Obama – and his pouty-faced "bring back our girls" wife Michelle – have interestingly chosen silence despite their polarizing, knee-jerk history of inserting themselves into the political discourse.
Unlike Trayvon Martin who garnered countrywide attention and outrage regarding his unfortunate fate – a life cut short by violence – the similar-sounding Tayshawn has been relegated to a police blotter and a startling urban crime statistic: 418 murders in the Windy City this year so far.
Tayshawn, an innocent whose father was a gang member, was targeted by a member of a rival street posse. Apparently, the boy had left his grandmother's house to play in a park – as children are wont to do – when he was lured into an alley and shot several times in the face and back. He died where he fell, in a pool of blood, abandoned.
Yet another horror on the South Side of Chicago, the previous home of the Obamas. Apparently forgotten by them long ago among the twinkling lights of our nation's capital and their new digs: the most exclusive address in America. Surrounded by the well-armed Secret Service, pampered by sumptuous 5-star accommodations, with every whim catered to, their daughters, unlike Tayshawn, are safe.
Per the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Obama has made 25 trips since becoming president – mostly for fundraising and/or pleasure – with only 7 reportedly for policy issues such as community dysfunction. That works out to one visit per year for every year Mr. Obama has breathed the rarefied air of the Washington bubble. In the interim, Chicago has degenerated into a poverty-stricken killing zone. Given this actuality, it is easy to read the tea leaves: when one frequently vacations in Hawaii and plays numerous rounds of golf with millionaires and billionaires, why should Mr. Obama (or the first lady) care about the deplorable state of his former hometown?
Where are the protesters yelling in the streets for little Tayshawn à la Trayvon? After all, a life is a life, with all of them equally irreplaceable and priceless. Therefore, the code of silence from all quarters for Tayshawn is deafening and universal – and it shouldn't be, unless the Black Lives Matter movement is nothing more than a superficial slogan applying only to those perpetrators outside the black community.
The facts bear this out: per 2013 FBI crime statistics, 90% of murders in this community are the result of black-on-black homicide. This insidious societal dynamic – much like the demise of Tayshawn Lee – requires soul-searching attention and reflection.
David L. Hunter is on Twitter and blogs at davidlhunter.blogspot.com. He has previously been published in multiple in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, FrontPage Mag, and extensively in Canada Free Press and American Thinker.