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As I write this, people in my hometown are getting ready to watch one of the greatest sporting events on the planet, and the dozens of commercials that will surely be discussed around the water coolers and school hallways tomorrow morning.

For those who know me personally, most of you know that I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials just as much as I do the actual game–

(Baltimore 31, S.F. 24, by the way–you heard it here first–)

–but, in my city, everybody is not celebrating a game that will last three hours or so.

During the game, someone will be shot and killed on a Chicago street.  On a porch.  Outside of a store.  Sitting in their car.  Getting off the expressway to merge onto the Stevenson.

Not by knives, swords, baton, bat or bayonet.  Not in hand-to-hand combat or at the hands of police; not by Taser, pepper spray or chokehold.

Not to say that these ways of meeting your mortality will definitely NOT happen today; it is just far more likely that in Chicago, the reality is, somebody by the end of the evening will be killed by a gun or guns.

One a day.

It’s a fact of life that we’re becoming accustomed to in the Windy City.

Violence doesn’t take a holiday to watch sporting events.

So, I ask–

What do you do when the victim of such violence is a child?

What do you say when the victim of said gun violence is the antonym of a gangbanger, and can’t be classified as a perpetrator or an affiliate?

Who is an honor student?

Who got the honor of marching in the inaugural parade to mark the beginning of this country’s first black president’s second term?

Who recorded a PSA against gang violence as a middle-schooler, when the problem of gang violence was not new, but the city had been in a state of deterioration since Daley was in office?

Whose death, even as the reward for turning in the shooter and any accomplices in her murder grows by the thousands as the days go on and tips continue to pour in, is marred by the stigma of the ‘stop snitching’ movement that clouds far too many of our community members judgement?

There are more questions than answers.

But what I want to know is, based off of my post from yesterday, is this:

Can we get our first black president to come back to his adopted home city, the city where he met his wife, established himself as a community organizer, and ran for state Senate–

–and attend the funeral of a 15-year old girl taken before her time?

Barack, I know you may never see this post, or respond to the petition asking what I’m about to next, but:

While you were shooting skeet in August (looks like fun, by the way, and still, one of my favorite pictures ever)–

–our city and our young people were dying.  Sometimes one a day, sometimes several in a weekend.  

It’s nice that you know how to use a gun responsibly and with the proper precautions and equipment.

But in this case, we the people are asking you to come back home to honor young Hadiya, and use the power of your office, as you’ve sworn to do after 20 first-graders were murdered–and call attention to the epidemic of youth and gun violence in Chicago, the same way you did in Newtown, CT and console her family.

Because Rahm Emanuel simply won’t do in this case.

After all, she came to Washington, D.C., being honored and blessed to honor you.

Can you do the same for her?


Written by aceviewblogger

February 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

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  1. Man ship only if the house felt the same way, too bad some people feel that the death of children and innocent people somehow becomes an “blackmail” or a way to soften the hearts of others to get votes for a bill to be passed for more guns laws. SMH. If only people wasn’t so selfish about their own personal lives maybe we as a country could save more lives.


    April 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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