A comprehensive study by the Justice Department in 2005 should have been a clarion call for the NAACP. It revealed that nearly half of the nation’s murder victims that year were black. Black people accounted for 13 percent of the total U.S. population in 2005, yet they were the victims of 49 percent of all the nation’s murders. And 93 percent of black murder victims were killed by other blacks. That’s 93 percent.
And here’s the most tragic statistic: The majority of those dead black males were between the ages of 17 and 29.
Why aren’t the national media — with the NAACP leading the charge — parked in Chicago right now covering the carnage on that city’s streets? Over the July 4 weekend, the Windy City logged its 200th homicide of the year. During the long weekend alone, 74 people were shot, and twelve of them were killed.
It isn’t just young black men who are the victims of senseless crime. On July 11, this horrible headline appeared on RedEye Chicago, which tracks the city’s grim crime stories: “Pregnant woman loses nearly full-term baby.” This was the lead:
A pregnant women lost her nearly full-term baby daughter after she was beaten by a group of people near her home in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, authorities said. The woman was walking in the 4800 block of South Laflin Street around 11 p.m. Monday when she was attacked by several women and a man, according to Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. After the attack, the woman felt abdominal pain and went to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she delivered a stillborn baby girl the next day. The baby was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. The girl was 32 weeks along in development.
Talk about a case worth covering!
Here is another headline from RedEye that same day: “Mother of slain teen: What happened to my baby?” Here’s how that story started:
Two weeks have passed since a neighbor knocked on Nortasha Stingley’s door with the grim news: Her 19-year-old daughter Marissa had been gunned down just blocks from their Park Manor home. “I asked her, ‘Where’s Marissa at, where’s my baby?’” Stingley said, fighting back tears. “She said, ‘Marissa got shot,’ . . . ” Stingley said she talked to detectives later that day and hasn’t heard from them since. Now about two weeks later, she fears her daughter has been forgotten. “I have done everything in my power to keep my kids safe,” said Stingley, a single mother who also has two sons, 6 and 18. “This is the one time I couldn’t. I just want to know why. What happened to my baby?”
What happened to Marissa is that she was one of five passengers in a car that was attacked by an unknown black gunman. She was shot in the head, and another woman, a neighbor, was wounded in the hand. Three men, all under 21, were also shot, police reported.
Nortasha Stingley’s grief, like that of Trayvon Martin’s parents, is unimaginable. The grief of all of those mothers in Chicago who are burying their children — all of whom were too young to die — is a national catastrophe. One on which our media, and the NAACP, should be spending their time.
And they would be, if the gunmen were white.
Or white Hispanics.
— Lee Habeeb is the vice president of content at Salem Radio Network, which syndicates Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt. He lives in Oxford, Miss., with his wife, Valerie, and daughter, Reagan.