Obama and Hillary: Take Jesse Jackson's 1993 advice on Chicago crime

The black-on-black killings in Chicago were the subject of a famous column by Mike Royko, of the Chicago Tribune, on November 30, 1993, titled "Politically Incorrect, But Right on Target."  The column is included in The Best Of Mike Royko, One More Time (University of Chicago Press, 1999). Royko praises Jesse Jackson for calling attention to the black-on-black homicides in Chicago.  Royko reports the famous Jackson quote: There is nothing more painful to me at this stage of my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery.  Then I look around and see someone white and feel relieved. But the thrust of the column is about the failure of government to be able to do anything about the problem and the need for people to act.  The more relevant and important Jackson quote is: We've got the power right now to stop killing each other….There is a code of silence, based on fear.  Our silence...(Read Full Post)