(Renita D. Young) Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and relatives of victims of fatal shootings in Chicago urged President Barack Obama on Saturday to come back to his hometown and address the gun violence plaguing the city.
Before a march on the city’s South Side, Jackson, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said America’s third most populous city needed more help than Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy could offer.
“When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness,” said Jackson, a Chicago resident. He also called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets of Chicago.
Gun violence in Chicago has been in the national spotlight over the past year, with 506 murders in 2012, an increase of 17 percent from the previous year. As of Thursday, there were 42 homicides and 157 shootings so far this year, according to Chicago police.
(FEDERALJACK) The silence is deafening. Where is Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the media, and President Obama? I though you were all crusaders of justice? (sarcasm) Where are you all now that a bunch of white cops killed an unarmed black Vietnam marine veteran for the crime of accidentally setting off his medic alert bracelet? Where is the outrage that the cops are on tape calling the Marine a “nigger” and making fun of his military service? Where is Obama saying this guy could have been his brother? Where is Al Sharpton screaming bloody murder and stirring up the pot? Oh that’s right, this was a bunch of cops doing the killing so it’s different. It’s acceptable because the “boys in blue” did it so it must be justified. This case actually involves white police using racist terms against a black man, then tasing and shooting him and not one peep out of Obama, Sharpton, or Jackson about racism, or calling for the police to be fired or arrested. Where are the Fed run Black Panthers? This serves to prove the point that the race bating over the Trayvon Martin shooting is being done on purpose, selective anger by Sharpton, Obama, Jackson, The MSM, and all the others. All done for political reasons.