Where’s the media’s nonstop coverage and outrage over the murder of a 9 year-old black boy in Chicago, shot multiple times in the face and back by a black 27 year-old gang member?
Where are the marches led by so-called “black leaders” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Where is President Barack Obama’s Justice Department’s investigation?
Could it be that black lives don’t matter when murdered by other blacks?
On the afternoon of November 2, 2015, Tyshawn Lee, a fourth grader, went to play basketball at a playground near his grandmother’s house. Cory Morgan and other gang members lured Tyshawn into an alley where Morgan executed him at close range. The autopsy found that in addition to two other bullet wounds, part of Tyshawn’s right thumb was blown off, as he tried to defend himself against the rain of bullets.
Police believe Morgan murdered Tyshawn because his father was involved in a rival gang responsible for killing Morgan’s brother. The murder of this unarmed black child occurred in Chicago’s South Side, notorious for crime – a virtual war zone of blacks killing blacks. Auburn-Gresham, the neighborhood where Tyshawn was killed, is where gangs fight for control to sell drugs. Almost numb to gun violence, residents of the neighborhood expressed shock at Tyshawn’s murder, saying they’ve “never seen anything this violent.”
“Tyshawn Lee was murdered in probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime that I’ve witnessed in 35 years of policing,” observed (now former) Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy.
Yet in the face of such a heinous act, we don’t see blacks shutting down Michigan Avenue in anger, like they did over Laquan McDonald’s death. Nor do we see Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush – who, for decades, represented the district that includes Chicago – leading a protest like he did Black Friday with Jackson.
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