No Sharpton, no Jesse: Funeral for nine year-old victim of gang violence held in Chicago

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No Sharpton, no Jesse: Funeral for nine year-old victim of gang violence held in Chicago

National Heritage Corridor tracksBy John Ruberry

While the protests and the riots were rag­ing in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri after the shoot­ing by a police offi­cer of Michael Brown. a nine year-​old South Side Chicago African-​American boy, Anto­nio Smith, was shot to death near rail­road tracks that mark the bound­ary between rival fac­tions of the Gang­ster Dis­ci­ples street gang.

No one has been arrested for the killing of Smith.

Yes­ter­day the funeral for the boy was held in a mod­est store­front church.

Last week the funeral for Brown took place in sub­ur­ban St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharp­ton, a race-​baiter for nearly 30 years, gave the eulogy. He was among the media fig­ures, such as the Rev. Jesse Jack­son, who has been in the racism busi­ness for nearly 50 years, who trav­eled to Fer­gu­son to pro­claim his out­rage. Pres­i­dent Obama’s attor­ney gen­eral, Eric Holder, the most reck­less man to lead the Jus­tice Depart­ment since Harry M. Daugh­erty in the War­ren G. Hard­ing Admin­is­tra­tion, also jour­neyed to St. Louis to appraise the situation.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_57883” align=“alignright” width=“150”]Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally Jesse Jack­son at an Occupy Chicago rally[/caption]

To my knowl­edge none of them com­mented on the Smith mur­der. None of them were at the Smith funeral, not even Jack­son, who lives on Chicago’s South Side. The only nationally-​known civil rights fig­ure who expressed out­rage over the Smith killing was Father Michael Pfleger, a one­time spir­i­tual advi­sor to Pres­i­dent Obama who chipped in to a reward fund to find the boy’s murderer.

Locals on both sides of the polit­i­cal spec­trum are call­ing Chicago “Chi­raq,” in recog­ni­tion that dur­ing some months when Amer­i­can forces were still fight­ing in Iraq, more Amer­i­cans were mur­dered in Chicago some months than died in com­bat in that bro­ken nation.

Now that’s a real outrage.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

National Heritage Corridor tracksBy John Ruberry

While the protests and the riots were raging in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting by a police officer of Michael Brown. a nine year-old South Side Chicago African-American boy, Antonio Smith, was shot to death near railroad tracks that mark the boundary between rival factions of the Gangster Disciples street gang.

No one has been arrested for the killing of Smith.

Yesterday the funeral for the boy was held in a modest storefront church.

Last week the funeral for Brown took place in suburban St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharpton, a race-baiter for nearly 30 years, gave the eulogy. He was among the media figures, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been in the racism business for nearly 50 years, who traveled to Ferguson to proclaim his outrage. President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, the most reckless man to lead the Justice Department since Harry M. Daugherty in the Warren G. Harding Administration, also journeyed to St. Louis to appraise the situation.

Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally
Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally

To my knowledge none of them commented on the Smith murder. None of them were at the Smith funeral, not even Jackson, who lives on Chicago’s South Side. The only nationally-known civil rights figure who expressed outrage over the Smith killing was Father Michael Pfleger, a onetime spiritual advisor to President Obama who chipped in to a reward fund to find the boy’s murderer.

Locals on both sides of the political spectrum are calling Chicago “Chiraq,” in recognition that during some months when American forces were still fighting in Iraq, more Americans were murdered in Chicago some months than died in combat in that broken nation.

Now that’s a real outrage.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.