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Black Lives Matter?

Really? Are you sure?

Under the hashtag #100Days100Nights, users on Instagram and Twitter are issuing a stark warning: Two Los Angeles gangs are betting which one can kill 100 people—in a gang, or innocent—within the next 100 days.

A law enforcement source confirmed the reports exclusively to The Daily Beast on Monday night.

The bet—which follows the death of “KP,” a member of the Rollin 100 gang—was allegedly made last week.

Gang members say it will remain “on” for 100 days straight—and innocent people driving between the streets of Western and Normandie in Los Angeles could be risking their lives over a game on Twitter.

Users on social media have tagged images and videos with the hashtag expressing support for the movement, brandishing guns and firing fighting words. Posts now appear chastising neighboring gangs for participating in bloodsport.

The shooting that kicked off a series of violent crimes throughout the weekend occurred on Thursday evening at about 9:50 p.m. on the 2000 block of West 99th Street. A woman and two boys, ages 4 and 11, were wounded after a suspect walked up to their car and opened fire. The shooter is still at large.

As I read this, at least 100 (predominantly) black lives don’t matter at all to (predominantly) black gangbangers.

And I’m not alone:

At a peace rally Monday evening, about 60 people gathered near Hawthorne Municipal Airport, at one point joining in a prayer with their hands in the air.

Among those attending were children wearing white T-shirts emblazoned with “Let me live! #mylifematters.”

Go ahead, pray. I can’t think of anything better.

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Black, Brown, and Armed

Recently, a nationally-broadcast sports radio talk show host slandered people from the Domincan Republic as not being smart. Periodically, some mention (some mention here, in fact) that black people don’t score as well as whites on IQ tests.

This story should shut up the haters:

Otis McDonald — the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that overturned Chicago’s gun ban — would have been delighted that many of his neighbors now have permits to carry concealed weapons, according to his fellow gun advocates.

McDonald, who died of an illness last year at 80, was an African-American resident of Morgan Park on the Southwest Side. The onetime robbery victim was a vocal advocate of allowing law-abiding citizens to carry hidden weapons to protect themselves against criminals.

“This is what Otis McDonald was telling us before he passed away,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association in Illinois. “People in his neighborhood and others were hungry for this but were denied by the political class.”

“He was saying, ‘The gangs have their guns; we want ours, too.’ ”

The top five ZIP codes for concealed-carry permits in Chicago include upper middle-class, safe and predominately white neighborhoods on the Southwest and Northwest Sides — but they also include high-crime, minority neighborhoods on the South and Southeast Sides, the Sun-Times analysis showed.

Chicago’s highest concentration of permits is in the 60617 ZIP code — in the East Side neighborhood on the city’s Southeast Side — with 538 permits. According to the census, about 55 percent of the residents in 60617 are black, 34 percent are Hispanic and 7 percent white.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the outspoken pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church in Auburn Gresham, said he was “saddened but not surprised” that his neighborhood was in the top five in Chicago in the number of permits issued to residents there.

“It used to be that you would hear young brothers saying, ‘I need this [handgun] to be safe in my neighborhood.’ Now I am hearing more adults say it.”

Pfleger accused the National Rifle Association of “selling a lie” that “the only way we can be safe is to have your own gun.”

“Rather than deal with the realities to stop the violence, we play into the fear,” he said.

Pfleger said he unsuccessfully lobbied the late Cardinal Francis George to declare that churches in Chicago’s Roman Catholic archdiocese were “gun-free zones.”

“Cardinal George said he talked to priests who said they wanted concealed-carry permits,” Pfleger said. “That’s how crazy it is out here.”

After what Dylann Roof did to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, this fool still believes in gun free zones? Of course he does.

Pfleger was the one, remember, who went to bat for Jeremiah Wright in 2008. His diatribe was even more over-the-top than Wright’s famous perorations.

Blacks and Hispanics have been sold a lie, all right. From the likes of Rev. Michael Pfleger. They’re smart enough to have figured that out. Now, if they’ll just wise up enough to vote against the party who votes against their best interests, they’ll deserve a Nobel Prize.

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White People Tax

There are at least a couple of sane people left in America…

– Aggie

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Lectures on Race

You can imagine the competition among non-tenured academics to out-kook each other. For every Boston University nut-job who taunts a white rape victim, another UMemphis prof blames white people for her menstrual cramps.

To name but two. There’s no want of worthy competitors.

But I wonder if we haven’t met the King Kong of Kooks, the Mullah of Moonbats, the Aga of Egghead Egotists:

A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a “white male Euro-Christian construction.”

Prof. John Caputo was being interviewed by fellow philosophy professor George Yancy for the 13th installment of an interview series Yancy conducts with philosophers regarding racial topics.

“‘White’ is of the utmost relevance to philosophy, and postmodern theory helps us to see why,” Caputo says in the interview. “I was once criticized for using the expression ‘true north.’It reflected my Nordo-centrism, my critic said, and my insensitivity to people who live in the Southern Hemisphere. Of course, no such thing had ever crossed my mind, but that points to the problem. We tend to say ‘we’ and to assume who ‘we’ are, which once simply meant ‘we white male Euro-Christians.’

Nordo-centrism? Isn’t that an oxymoron? How can something be north of you while you’re at the center of it? Or is that my white reason showing?

“I think that what modern philosophers call ‘pure’ reason — the Cartesian ego cogito and Kant’s transcendental consciousness — is a white male Euro-Christian construction,” he says. “White is not ‘neutral.’ ‘Pure’ reason is lily white, as if white is not a color or is closest to the purity of the sun, and everything else is ‘colored.’ Purification is a name for terror and deportation, and ‘white’ is a thick, dense, potent cultural signifier that is closely linked to rationalism and colonialism. What is not white is not rational. So white is philosophically relevant and needs to be philosophically critiqued — it affects what we mean by ‘reason’ — and ‘we’ white philosophers cannot ignore it.”

If I understand the professor—a whopping big if—he just called black people irrational and unreasonable. Not my view, but college campuses are supposed to havens of free speech. And given the two crackpots cited above, both black, he’s got a strong case.

PS: If “pure reason is lily white”, are light-skinned blacks more reasonable than dark-skinned blacks? What about whites with wicked tans? I don’t get menstrual cramps, being not only white but male, but this guy is giving me a headache.

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Black Lives Ma—zzzz—WTF?!

BTL is going to have to remember what he did yesterday to deserve such a cornucopia of news nuggets he’s found today. See below—and see this:

An irate Mayor Martin J. Walsh blasted a 4 a.m. anti-Olympics protest by Black Lives Matter outside his Dorchester home as ?unproductive and an ?”infringement” on his neighbors, even as the group’s leader boasted it was ?”absolutely effective.”

“I don’t agree with people going to people’s ?houses, protesting. On the street, I have babies, I have seniors. At 4 a.m., I just don’t think it’s effective,” said Walsh, who was at a conference in Colorado during Monday’s unwelcome rally and is due back home today. “I don’t think it’s a productive way to get your message across to anybody.”

Walsh said “showing up at 4 a.m. on Tuttle Street or any street on any issue is an infringement and it crosses a line.

“I just think it’s unfortunate that people who aren’t the mayor of Boston have to put up with that type of protest,” Walsh told the Herald in a call from Aspen yesterday. “I think if you want to protest, that’s fine, but not in front of my house and in front of other people’s homes.”

Black Lives Matter, which has left the door open to another demonstration at the mayor’s home, fanned the flames even more yesterday by posting a message to its Facebook page that read, “Brazen. Well done, fam.”

In a video of the protest posted online, about 10 demonstrators are shown unfurling a banner that reads “YES BOSTON = #NOBOSTON2024” to the tune of the Olympic hymn. A voice-over says the action was meant to bring Walsh “a long overdue wake-up call.”

Daunasia Yancey, 23, founder and lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Boston, accused the mayor of being “pretty uneducated” about the proposal’s ramifications on the city’s poor.

I hereby confess to being “pretty uneducated” on the subject myself. School me:

“The Olympics is going to disrupt an entire city and region,” Yancey said, “and so I would ?say if we can disrupt a street ?and prevent that, then job well done.”

True, and I hear a whole mess of white folks saying the same thing. Just not at 4 am. But then, they have to work…kidding! Kidding. Sheesh, it’s just a joke!

I went to their Facebook page to get educated. That’s going to be a work in progress. But I did like this comment on the anti-Olympics stand:

Asad Ddkw We will f*ck the white sh*ts ……… your bro from Asia

Thanks, bro.

Here’s a more formal statement:

BREAKING: Members of Black Lives Matter Boston along with members of Safe Hub Collective take action to demand Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pull the 2024 Olympic Bid.

FULL STATEMENT: Dozens of residents representing Black Lives Matter Boston and Safe Hub Collective gathered this morning outside the home of Mayor Marty Walsh, in solidarity with the people of Rio de Janeiro and the larger anti-Olympics movement across our city and the globe, in order to bring him a long overdue wake-up call. With the Olympic hymn as our backdrop, we delivered our message outlining the economic, social, and cultural disaster Boston 2024 is working so hard to bring here with the XXXIII Olympiad. For nearly a year we have volunteered alongside one another as members of the Hub’s vibrant, underserved communities to provide evidence as to why 54% of this city does not want to host the Olympic Games and counter the millions already spent to hide the ugly realities of its absurdist proposal and buy up support.

Displacement has accompanied every Olympic Games. Specifically, we recognize the 30,000 residents made homeless by the Atlanta Centennial Games; we are witnessing in real time the wholesale destruction of Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhoods. We refuse to allow Boston to suffer the same fate.

Likewise, we reject the continued diversion of Boston’s limited public funds for private projects when already one-third of Boston’s public schools have no physical education and roughly one-third of Boston’s children currently live in poverty.

Politics makes strange bedfellows. The Olympics in Boston would be a classic cluster[bleep] of epic proportions. You tell ’em, BLM-Bos! Fight the power!

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#WhiterThanWhite

How many characters do I get? 140?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…[etc]…!!!

The names of every black employee at Twitter could fit into a few tweets.

The tech company has only 49 black employees in an American workforce of 2,910, according to the company’s latest Equal Employment Opportunity report.

Across the board, its employment of most minorities deserves a “#dismal” hashtag — whites and Asians comprise 93.8% of Twitter’s workforce, with all other ethnicities represented by only a few dozen employees, if that.

This comes afer the company’s vice president of diversity and inclusion declared in a blog post last summer Twitter is “making diversity an important business issue for ourselves.”

Ironically, black users dominate the medium itself — 27% of black adults use Twitter, compared to 21% of white adults, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2015 especially, Twitter has proven an essential tool for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the promotion of causes and demonstrations tied to it.

The company’s whitewashed employment stats have already drawn outrage from one black leader.

“I am very disappointed,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Guardian Wednesday.

“Black people are greater users of the product and capable of doing the jobs, but there has not been an adequate commitment to hire, train and maintain (them).”

He added: “They hire people they know, they trust and like. We’re not in that the circle.”

OMG!!! Are you saying, Jesse, that Twitter folk don’t “trust” or even “like” black people?

SMH

Anyway, you’re not alone in being alone:

Twitter’s stats also shows a striking gender imbalance, with men making up 70% of its workforce.

There is a higher percentage of black Republican candidates for president than black employees at Twitter. And a higher percentage of women at BTL.com.

ROTFLMAO

PS: Alas, Aggie and I are as white as Rachel Dolezal, lol, but we do have self-identified blacks and Native Americans among our readers.

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Charred Churches

You’ve doubtless heard of the epidemic of burnings of black churches across the south—perhaps even perpetrated by the KKK?

NBC News trumpeted: “Spate of Fires at Black Churches Raise Concerns of Rise in Hate Crimes.”

The Washington Post ominously tallied “five predominantly black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three.”

The New York Daily News blared: “String of apparent arson fires plague black churches in Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee.”

Mic.com quoted a hate crimes “expert” blaming — you guessed it — “the growth of violent right-wing extremist ideology in the U.S.” for the nonexistent black church arson epidemic.

Teach for America alumnus agitator DeRay McKesson quickly added his Twitter kerosene to the fire, reflexively claiming that the “KKK” was responsible for a half-dozen black church burnings.

Yeah, well, you heard wrong:

Buried beneath the sensationalized social media avalanche of panic: the more judicious and careful observations of Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce that the feds have made no official determinations that any hate crimes have taken place and that “it’s unclear whether any of the fires are linked.”

It was observed that “one of the half-dozen church crimes was most likely “accidental” and had “no element of criminal intent.”

Another “was likely touched off by an electrical short” after a tree limb fell on the property, yanking the electrical service line with it.

And yet another alleged “black church arson” actually involved a white church “struck by lightning.”

I wondered about this myself. And as Michelle Malkin notes, this is not the first time passions and churches have been cynically enflamed.

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Unite the United States of America?

Ask me how!

CHARLES OGLETREE, HARVARD PROFESSOR: I’m glad that Mitt Romney has spoken out on it already. He was our governor here in Massachusetts, very forward-looking governor. I think when you realize what it’s doing to the people here, it has to be brought down. And we see that movement across not only in the state where it’s now prominent but when I see the governor, the mayor, when I see prominent folks in that state saying, bring the flag down, it means things to me. I’m a member of the AME church, too. I put my sympathies out to the families who lost people in that destructive explosion in the church of all places.

And I think that those of us in AME church understand that we’ve suffered a long time. But you know what? We’re going the fight back through prayer and through public ways to make sure that things happen. I think as soon as that flag is taken down all of us will breathe a sigh of relief and say, my God, this nation is one. All of us are together. We all support the right of freedom and opportunity for everybody and no room for bigotry, racism, sexism, anything that might in a way interfere with our rights to be citizens of the United States of America.

I agree with Abraham Lincoln (safe course): he was hard on the Confederacy, soft on Confederates. Rebellion against the Union could not be tolerated, but once they surrendered, the rebels were literally and figuratively Americans again.

So, I don’t hate the South or Southerners. But I can summon no sympathy for the Stars and Bars. It stood for insurrection—and unavoidably it stood for the crime of slavery. To the extent it stood for the crimes of Reconstruction and Jim Crow, it is even more despicable. You can own one privately, you can paper your walls with it—but fly it over the seats of state government? Not anymore, and probably shouldn’t have for the past 50 years.

But Ogletree takes things too far. Just ask Cornel West:

CORNEL WEST: You can’t talk about wealth and inequality, you can’t talk about education, you can’t talk about massive unemployment and under employment and you can’t talk about drones being dropped on people in other parts of the world without talking about white supremacy and its ways in which it operates. It doesn’t have to be overt. The president is right about that.

But too many black people are niggerized. I would say the first black president has become the first niggerized black president.

CNN ANCHOR: What do you mean by that?

WEST: A niggerized black person is a black person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy. So when many of us said we have to fight against racism, what were we told? ‘No, he can’t deal with racism because he has other issues, political calculations. He’s the president of all America, not just black America.’ We know he’s president of all America but white supremacy is American as cherry pie.

Oy.

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Oh No, She Di-unt!

Oh yes. She did:

As Twitchy reported yesterday, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced that she’d be appearing at a church in Florissant, Mo., this afternoon, leading some to wonder which of her many fake accents she’d adopt for the mostly black crowd. Little did we know, though, that Clinton would commit what some consider the most offensive faux pas imaginable just minutes into her address: she proclaimed that “all lives matter.”

That thump you heard was black people dropping Hillary like a sack of potatoes (which she resembles, come to think of it).

Pousbaé @yoauntielikeit
Hillary Clinton talked about institutionalized racism then hit an “All lives matter.” I can’t make this sh*t up lmao

BGD @BlackGirlDanger
Hillary Clinton just said “All Lives Matter.” Girl BYE. If you can’t just say Black Lives Matter, then keep us out of your mouth altogether.

Not ready for Hillary. Never gonna be ready. Ever.

Bastard Keith @BastardKeith
@BlackGirlDanger SHE FU**ING DID NOT. Oh god are you serious?

I ID as K. Rowland @NrdLovnNetta
@Carnegro @yoauntielikeit @fmason3 she. ain’t. getting. my. damn. vote. ffffffffffffuuuuuuuuu******kkk. that. sh*t

Welcome to the modern world, where expressing belief in the sanctity of all human life is akin to burning a cross on a black family’s lawn:

As long ago as last December, Cornell University’s police chief ended up apologizing in an email to the campus for using the phrase, which she wasn’t aware was considered “disrespectful pushback against #BlackLivesMatter on many Internet forums.”

How about the president of Smith College?

The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that “all lives matter.”

“We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” read the e-mail,in which she made clear she was strongly behind the protests, writing that the grand jury decisions had “led to a shared fury… We gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest.”

Fu*k your fury. Stick your protest up your p…ancreas.

She wrote that the problem with the phrase lay in how others had used it.

“I regret that I was unaware the phrase/hashtag “all lives matter” has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against Black people,” she wrote.

With Hillary’s “dog whistle” words and the Stars and Bars flying over the state house in Little Rock, she’s going to have a hard time holding together Obama’s coalition.

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Obama Says “Nigger”

Not me. I never would. N-word, maybe. Ni**er, when feeling edgy.

But I quote the President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the chief executive of the Executive Branch: “nigger”.

President Obama appeared comfortable dropping the controversial n-word during a “WTF” Podcast with Marc Maron.

Obama used the word during a conversation about racism in America, in which he challenged the notion that just because it wasn’t polite to use the word in public, the nation no longer had to struggle with it.

“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on,” he said.

“We’re not cured of it … it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n****r’ in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.”

Oh, come on! He said it! Quote him!

“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public,” Obama said. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

Thank you, CNN (words I never thought I’d type). If it’s good enough for Democrats like Robert Byrd and George Wallace—and Barack Obama—it’s good enough for me.

Well, actually, it’s not; I’ll stick with n-word and ni**er when compelled to use the word.

But Obama has a penchant for it. Along with “motherfu**er”, “sh*t”, “bullsh*t”, “b*tch”, and “big butt”. You can hear for yourself.

On the matter of racism, I agree with him. We are not “cured” of it. I didn’t know anybody thought that was a realistic goal. It’s wrong—always—but enough a part of human nature to come out one way in Dylann Roof (a “sorry-a** motherfu**er” as Obama would call him) and quite another way in most of the rest of the three hundred-plus million of us. We can and have legislated and adjudicated against racism; we can and have taught our children how wrong it is. And yet there is Dylann Roof. Maybe it’s insensitive to mention so close to his atrocity, but there is only one Dylann Roof; while there is everyone else—black and white—devastated and sickened by his actions (“terrorism”, if you like).

Where I can and will continue to disagree with the president (and anyone else who suggests it) is whether America is worse than any other country. I see overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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Fire With Fire

As the saying goes, the answer to offensive speech is more speech:

The Confederate flag was important to Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old charged in the racist mass murderof nine African Americans in a historic black Charleston church this week.

His license plate displayed the rebel flag of the Civil War. He grew up in South Carolina, which proudly flies that battle flag at the state Capitol.

And Roof was true to the colors of the Stars and Bars. He is said to have believed in the inferiority of black people, who were employed mostly as slaves by South Carolina and other states in the South when they started a bloody revolution in 1861 to “protect their states rights” to enslave other human beings.

Although the Confederate states lost, they were never punished enough and this allowed white attitudes of racial superiority to flourish in the South, even today, 150 years after that war.

The flying of the flag is a purposeful affront not only to African Americans but also to humanity in general.

In that South Carolina will never willingly take down the flag, the time has come for opponents to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech and burn the Confederate flag — at the state Capitol in South Carolina, in front of the White House, in front of Fox News or maybe even outside the Grand Ol’ Opry.

Don’t burn it in a way that can cause harm. Make sure people are not in the vicinity and check the direction of the wind. Keep a fire extinguisher near in case a grass fire accidentally starts. Don’t use too much flammable liquid to start it.

The writer is stupid, but right. The Opry has nothing to do with racism, and the South suffered plenty—but burn the Stars and Bars all you want. The Supreme Court has already ruled flag-burning is protected by the First Amendment (that the South rebelled against anyway).

Of course, burning the Confederate flag would be disrespectful. That is exactly the point.

There is no need to respect a symbol that is as evil and vicious to African Americans as the Nazi swastika flag is to Jews. In fact, it is important to actively disrespect the banner that represents a pure form of human evil.

The display of the Confederate flag — anywhere — is a nonverbal statement of race hate. Its burning would be a nonverbal response to its crude attitude. You’re sure not going to change their attitudes with sweet reason. Fight their figurative fire with the real thing.

People who still believe in the values of the “Lost Cause” need to be educated about how normal people feel about their insurrection. We are happy that Abraham Lincoln and the Union army smashed a society based on cruel exploitation, rape and sadism.

And then, stupidity reappears:

We resent how your ancestors insisted on founding our nation on the Original Sin of slavery and how the poison of racism has permeated all 50 states, to some degree or another, to this very day, even with a black president in the White House.

What do you mean “your ancestors”? As Woody Allen said in Annie Hall, “My grammy never gave gifts. She was too busy getting raped by Cossacks.”

I don’t have the time or the care to school the fool on the history of slavery. I would just ask him where he’d like to live that was never stained by that “Original Sin”. I was going to suggest New Zealand, but it’s amazing what you can still learn. Ancient Persia was your best bet, though if you’re going to burn flags in modern Iran, they’d better be Israeli.

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Black Lives Matter?

As Charleston buries and mourns the victims of Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, a quieter holocaust continues to smolder:

In two separate incidents, 11 people were shot in Detroit in a matter of hours Saturday, one fatally.

Ten people were shot at a block party on a basketball court at Webb and Dexter on the city’s west side Saturday night. One of those victims died.

Police do not know the reason for the shooting, and are still investigating.

At least three of the victims who were shot were women, ages 30, 45, and 26.

Asst. Chief Steve Dolunt said it’s a miracle no children were shot as many were present during the shooting.

Alas, not all children were so lucky:

A gunman toting a shotgun opened fire on a block party along a West Philadelphia street Saturday night, injuring seven people, including a toddler and two other children.

The gunfire rang out around 10 p.m. along the 4100 block of Ogden Street as the gunman turned a corner onto the street and began firing on the picnic, said Philadelphia Police.

“It looks like they just randomly fired down the street and hit anyone in their way,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.

A bullet grazed an 18-month-old girl on the side of her neck, said police. Gunfire also grazed an 11-year-old girl in the left knee and struck her right shoulder and hit a 13-year-old boy in the chest. All three children were transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they were listed in stable condition.

And you don’t have to type more than C-h-i into a news search to come up with a story like this:

Two men were killed and 14 others have been wounded during separated shootings across the city since Saturday afternoon, police said.

Or this:

James Jones died shielding his mother from bullets meant for him, according to family members.

The 21-year-old and his mother, Alicia Jones, were on a porch in the 8400 block of South Colfax Avenue when a man approached from the gangway, gun in hand, and opened fire, police said.

Luckett said her sister, Alicia Jones, is a mother of four who has now lost three children to violence in Chicago.

Or this:

It started when three men were shot, one fatally, by gunmen who jumped from a maroon van in the Chatham neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Seven hours later and just a mile away, two men were shot in apparent retaliation, one of them fatally, by a man who knocked on their door, police said.

The revenge shooting was part of a burst of violence that killed three people in all and wounded 17 others overnight in Chicago, a toll usually seen on weekends. Nine of the people shot were in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

“What is this?” asked a woman as she came upon the Chatham shooting scene. “What is the world coming to?”

I can’t say for sure that all the victims and all the shooters were black. But news photographs suggest that the neighborhoods were predominantly black.

This is but a snapshot of life and death in urban black communities, albeit a particularly grisly one. (Or not.) Dylann Roof extinguished nine lives in just minutes. Chicago may take a week (or just a long weekend) to catch up. But Dylann Roof will never see the natural light of day again, whereas Chicago—and Detroit and Philadelphia—seem never to be able to awake from their perpetual nightmare.

I see “Black Lives Matter” signs as I make my way through the predominantly white communities I drive through. I have to ask because I don’t know: do those signs also exist in black neighborhoods? Would they help? Because I would happily up-stake every sign I see from Bedford to Brookline and replant them in Dorchester and Mattapan if I thought it would make a difference.

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