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What matters more? Black children like Mekhi James or big city politics?

By John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

Mekhi James, just 3 years old, is beyond the reach of your virtue signaling and your politics now.

That little boy slipped into Chicago’s never-ending river of violence as have thousands before him, a river that numbs the city even as it washes the names of the dead from common memory.

The toddler was killed in Chicago’s street gang wars, one of more than 100 people shot over the weekend in the city, with 12 of those shot younger than 18. Included among the dead were two boys coming home after getting candy at a neighborhood store, a 13-year-old girl and Mekhi James.

The spike in violence in Chicago and other Democratic Party-controlled big cities, from New York to Los Angeles, is a function of street gangs, drug wars and politics. The elected social justice warriors demand little or no bail for the violent who are released back onto the streets. Broken public school systems serve power interests, not the poor. Tax policy kills business and job opportunities in troubled neighborhoods.

In urban America, Democrats have no competition. And all that matters to the political class is counting the votes.

Carried away in that river of violence, Mekhi James slips past your public anguish and your hand-wringing about why “something” isn’t done.

 

He’s indifferent to your “hate has no home here” signs now. He’s immune to your good intentions and tweets about that Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd.

The river takes him beyond your self-indulgent sentimentality that mourns the baby’s death but allows for the continuation of policy that wreaks havoc upon the poor, election year after election year.

“A line was crossed,” said a broken-hearted Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church on the West Side to a gathering of angry and distressed mourners from the neighborhood. “This 3-year-old baby lost his life. … We say Black lives matter, but we’re here to say Black baby lives matter more.”

Of course they should matter. But do they really matter?

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