Last Friday, July 28th about 5:20 PM, I was playing golf, albeit not very well…again, on a beautiful afternoon. It was about 82 degrees, sun was shining, and adult beverages were being consumed by some of my golf mates. OK, I had one too!
At just about the same time, only 55 miles to the north, twenty-eight-year-old Nikia Betts decided to go for a walk on the gorgeous afternoon and got up from the porch she had been sitting to walk down an alley, presumably headed for home. Nikia was both a mother and a caregiver for Abcor Home Health.
For reason’s none of us could possibly ever understand in a thousand years, she and the two people accompanying her were ambushed in the alley by gunmen (plural) and shot at about a dozen times. (Do the math – twelve shots at three people.) One of the gunman, a waste of human flesh that has yet to be identified, looked the poor woman in the eye, then shot her in head…in front of her 4-year-old son! While they were at it, they also shot her nineteen-year-old male companion, and then for good measure, shot the 4-year-old boy too, before running like cowards to pile into a Chevy to make their getaway. Nikia died about a half hour later. The other two were shot in the arm and survived, thus pretty much ensuring the continuation of the vicious human tragedy cycle for generations to come when they seek to extract their revenge.
It wasn’t enough to shoot the boy’s mother in front of him, but the social degenerates had to shoot the kid too? A 4-year-old? What kind of a sadistic, savage animal can do that? It bends your skull trying to wrap your mind around the kind of violent inhuman instinct to shoot a woman and her baby. Oh, I imagine that Nikia had the audacity to break off an arrangement with one of the attackers, or possibly said the wrong thing at the wrong time by challenging some schmuck’s manhood, or maybe turned somebody in for dope dealing so as to keep the poison from her son, surely acts that had to be atoned for in gang-speak. But it boggles the mind that such transgressions could also include the shooting of an innocent 4-year-old boy.
At about that time, I wonder what bar, ballgame or expensive steakhouse any of the fifty Chicago alderman, or possibly Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were settled into on someone elses dime? How about Illinois Speaker of the House, Mike Madigan, or possibly Governor Bruce Rauner, where were they entertaining themselves, at our expense? Maybe we should include Mike Madigan’s daughter, Lisa, in this group too. After all, she is only the longest serving Attorney General in Illinois history, thanks to dad, who is the longest serving state speaker in history. Anyone know where Senator Dick Durbin was bestowing his wisdom on that Friday? (Quick - name our other Senator.)
You see, they are the people we schmucks in Schmucksland elected, and handsomely pay for the rest of their lives, to protect people like Nikia and her son from predators and goons running amok in our neighborhoods. And it seems Nikia’s neighborhood, those encompassing the south and west sides of Chicago, are among some of the most unsafe in America, where human consciousness and decency croaked long ago. Those areas have become the subject of national news and even the President has urged those in control in Illinois to do something. Where is Black Lives Matter? Where is the outrage?
Speaking of national news, what about all those highly paid op-ed writers at the various Chicago and state papers – yes, I’m talking to you Clarence Page, Steve Chapman, and the Eric Zorn’s of the state - why can’t you stop philosophizing about everything that is wrong with Trump and instead put some pressure with your majestic opinions to something that matters to those poor souls in Chicago? Is it that it doesn’t sell papers or that those people don’t matter?
Since the area is predominately black-on-black crime, is there any better example of abject racism…going unchecked? Given the options at their disposal, such as the National Guard, is our Illinois’ governments inaction not as criminal as those doing the shooting? If not, it’s at least as inexplicable. Justice would dictate that they should be required to move to those areas until it has been cleaned up.
These shootings were just three of the eighteen people shot in nineteen hours in Chicago, 31 over the entire weekend. In all, so far, this year over 2,150 people have been shot in the Windy City, 377 of which have died. Think about that – Chicago is averaging 307 shootings per month or 10 per day! Those poor souls have become rabbits in a neighborhood of coyotes. For the love of God, those in charge in Illinois need to get off their butts and do something. Or we need to vote their butts out!
The other Senators name – Ladda Tammy Duckworth. She doesn’t seem to be doing anything either.