Racism of Low Expectations in Chicago

Racism of Low Expectations in Chicago

Racism of Low Expectations in Chicago

There were not two, but three mass shootings last weekend. They occurred in El Paso and Dayton, of course, but also in Chicago. Yet media pay scant attention to those deaths because of the racism of low expectations in black neighborhoods.

While the government does not provide a standard definition for the term “mass shooting,” various groups have generally described it as three or four fatal injuries from gunfire, not including the shooter. Some media and think tank sources exclude crimes of domestic violence, robbery, or gang violence. The FBI, however, does not define “mass shooting.” That term, apparently, is the product of media and political pundits.

Yet last weekend in Chicago, beginning on Friday, 32 people were shot, and and eight people died, even though Chicago media can’t even decide the exact number of people shot. But that didn’t even begin to touch last year’s record of 61 wounded and 14 people killed over a weekend of nearly one year ago to the day.

Here’s a recording of what last Sunday sounded like during one of the shootings, as posted by the Chicago Police Department. It’s like a war zone, which it indeed is — gang warfare.

Last weekend’s shootings led a reporter from the Chicago Tribune to ask, “Why aren’t those called mass shootings too?”

One politically-driven respondent at the Tribune’s Facebook page gave this knee-jerk response:

“Because the available evidence suggests the shootings in Chicago were probably not planned as mass shootings. . . . That, and the fact the Chicago shooters were not politically motivated white nationalists who posted manifestos online and urged others to copy them.”

Never mind that people still died. And that mothers still mourn their dead sons. Nor that a father now mourns his son who was going to get married later this month. Black people dying en masse don’t count unless there is blatant racism on the part of whites, apparently.

What’s worse is that IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker crowed how “thankful” he was that there were supposedly no mass shootings in Illinois. As for the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Pritzker said this:

“Thank God that it hasn’t happened here.” 

He continued his sanctimonious blather:

“We cannot sit idly by as horrific acts of violence perpetuated by hate become a regular occurrence in our nation. In under 24 hours, we’ve seen mass shootings claim dozens of lives in El Paso and Dayton. It’s heartbreaking and unacceptable.”

He finished with this:

“Gun violence has become a public health epidemic, and it’s our duty to interrupt it. To keep weapons of war off our streets.” 

Then he pointed at “President Trump’s fomenting white supremacy.”


Gov. J.B. Pritzker/Illinois Public Radio/flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Dear Lord, that man is tone deaf. Or is the racism of low expectations putting blinders on him? Pritzker, of course, is a Democrat. Chicago is a Democrat town. Therefore these pols don’t want anyone to see that their policies have destroyed the black community. That they expect nothing better from neighborhoods where nearly three-fourths of their children are born to single mothers. Where welfare checks have replaced fathers, and violent gangs of fatherless men form as a result.

The black economist Walter Williams called this “black self-sabotage,” and wrote:

“If we put ourselves into the shoes of racists who seek to sabotage black upward mobility, we couldn’t develop a more effective agenda than that followed by civil rights organizations, black politicians, academics, liberals and the news media.”

But as long as Democrats can get votes from dependent blacks, they prefer to overlook the gang violence in their cities. Gangs don’t commit mass shootings. That’s completely different. Look away, since that’s the neighborhood “culture” anyway.

The racism of low expectations falls at the feet of Democrats.

One gang member, now in prison, has contemplated the gun culture of Chicago. Gaston Tucker is back in the Cook County jail after having already served a ten-year sentence. Now he has returned after fleeing police with a loaded pistol in February. But after his most recent arrest, he told a friend this, as heard in a prison recording:

“Everything happens for a reason, man. Think about it, man. This summertime, what I was doing, where I was headed this summertime, man, I would have gotten caught shooting that mother——. … That would’ve been life in (prison).”

As for Chicago, Tucker said this:

“Boy, I quit. I ain’t carry no pole (gun) no more. I’m through. Only way I gotta do that is I gotta get out of Chicago. … I can’t be without it in Chicago, you know how that s— go.”

Has Gaston Tucker turned a corner here? Or will he return the gangsta life once he gets out of prison? It’s anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: the racism of low expectations for black communities in big cities continues to lead men like him into violence, prison, and early deaths.


Featured image: Michael Lehet/flickr/cropped/CC BY-ND 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Skillyboo says:

    Memo from the democrat (communist) party to Black Lives Matter. We appreciate your commitment to the cause but right now you’re sacrifice is not needed so save your bullets. We’ll let you know when your deaths are required.

  • MortMain says:

    Governor Pineapple isn’t fit to sell hot dogs in Lincoln Park. Can you imagine a billionaire cheating on his property taxes and then gets elected governor? The Chicago Way. Hopefully he will be wearing orange real soon.

  • GWB says:

    the fact the Chicago shooters were not politically motivated white nationalists who posted manifestos online and urged others to copy them
    Oh, good! Then we’ve only had two mass shootings in the past several years! Charleston and El Paso. So, you’re gonna shut up about all the “mass shootings” we have in America now, right?

    acts of violence perpetuated by hate
    Here we get a glimmer of the real objective: stopping people we don’t like. Because “speech and opinions we don’t like” is the Democrat definition of ‘hate’.

    Gangs don’t commit mass shootings.
    Well, no, of course not! Because their shootings of 3 or more people aren’t perpetrated out of hate, they don’t count!
    (Unless you want to up the number of ‘mass shootings’ or ‘school shootings’ in America. THEN they count. But then they DON’T count when you come back to try and solve those issues. Unless you mention black-on-black violence – then they count again, just long enough for you to be called a racist.)

    Has Gaston Tucker turned a corner here?
    It seems so. But not the one you would hope. He’s decided he has to get out of Chicago. Because “I can’t be without it in Chicago, you know how that s— go.”

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