‘Everybody’s just saying they’re just tired — tired of the shootings in the community,” John Ayala said earlier this week. “We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying, ‘Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.’ Black lives matter it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?”
Well, what about it D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser?
The comments were made by Mr. Ayala, paternal grandfather of 11-year-old Davon McNeal? Davon’s life was stuffed out by wayward gunshots that rang out at a July 4th celebration in Southeast D.C.
It was not a police-involved shooting.
At the risk of sounding sexist, I’ve put Miss Bowser and a few other female mayors on the spot because of the violence this past holiday weekend — a weekend when family, food and fun posed what? A triple threat?
Females, whether they claim the gender or not, have children or not, do have innate, maternal instincts. Instincts when their heart and head align, signaling that something’s amiss and they should try to help.
If you’re an elected leader, the same rule of thumb applies. Policies, laws and leadership must align to solve social and community problems, not create new ones.
However, that’s exactly what has happened in Atlanta, Chicago and the nation’s capital — all major cities run by Black female mayors.
Secoreia Turner was in a car with her mom and another adult over the weekend in Atlanta when the driver found the parking garage blocked and tried to make a U-turn only to be stunned by gunfire. Secoreia was Black and only 8.
No police-involved killing.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said: “We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets. You shot and killed a baby.”
Royta Giles Jr., 8, and Black, was caught in the crossfire of two groups of men near the food court in a mall in Hoover, Alabama.
“This is a baby we’ll never see again,” Kesha Layfield, his grandmother told The Associated Press. “I have to comfort his mother, and I don’t even know how to begin. I can only imagine what she’s feeling. Not only am I grieving for my daughter, but I’m grieving the loss of my grandson.”
Again, no police were involved.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot let the usual liberal script fly, blaming the coronavirus pandemic, guns and President Trump. Hers was the typical finger pointing that occurs when black-on-black violence rears its bloodied hands are raised.
The way Miss Lightfoot explained it, the estimated 80 shootings and seven deaths, including a 7-year-old girl and a teenage boy, that occurred during the three-day Independence Day holiday weren’t the responsibility of trigger-happy peace interrupters and killers, but chiefly guns and COVID-19.
Guns, of course, because that’s part of the script Michael Bloomberg and George Soros embedded in their Democratic DNA chip.
Meanwhile, the mayors are unlocking jailhouse doors for offenders, so justice is not being served.
Criminals are not being locked up and prosecuted for arson, destruction of personal and government property, trespassing, and failing to adhere to health guidelines as self-proclaimed Black Lives Matter protesters.
Yet if Black lives really and truly matter, why can’t or won’t the three aforementioned mayors get a grip Black-on-Black crime?
Pathology. Blacks are victims of poverty, poor schools and schooling, poor eating habits, fatherless homes, joblessness, drug addiction, and so on.
There’s little to no accountability for the perpetrators’ criminal actions, and even when police lock them up, they know revolving doors await their arrival.
Miss Bowser, Miss Lightfoot and Mrs. Bottoms make the rounds of the TV talk shows, mostly because they’re anti-Trump. Well, that’s OK. To each her own.
But the media, especially members of Black media, must ask them tougher questions, such as what’s your crime agenda regarding Black lives?
And why is that pertinent? Because nobody, including Black people self-subscribing to the Black Lives Movement, seems to care that our Black babies are being slaughtered.
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