Right now, as we speak, two of Chicago's most prominent leaders, Michelle Obama and Oprah, are headed to Denmark to make arguments that they are hoping will bring the Olympics to their city. They will be joined by President Obama for a day long presentation. This morning I was getting my boy ready for school while the story about poor little honor student, Darrion Albert, played in the news. It is hard for me to understand how Oprah Winfrey, and the Obamas, can hop planes to attend such an elite gathering while this kind of mess is going on in the city they have had such an influence on. How can a 16 year old honor student be murdered walking home from school in such a heinous manner, and life go on just as if it never happened? How can these important Chicago leaders not address this issue, and the persons responsible, before they head overseas to promote an event that none of the Darrion's in Chicago's southside will ever be fortunate enough to participate in? Chicago's underprivileged children are suffering in a climate of hatred and misbehavior difficult for anyone to survive in, yet our political leaders, and top entertainers, rarely publicly address these gang related atrocities. I feel as if the Obama's, and Oprah, have passed on an opportunity to impress publicly upon gangs how they feel about these issues by heading off on an elite trip without expressing some shame and disgust. In fact, if I were president, I probably would have told Chicago they weren't worthy of the Olympics.
The cell phone video of this child's death truly illustrates the nasty depths of mob cowardice, gang idiocy, insensitivity, and total ignorance. In fact, this behavior is an insult to all criminals everywhere. This is the lowest of the low, the most meaningless example of wasted humanity, and no excuse whatsoever can be made. Still, Obama has to my knowledge made no statement confronting the gang issue in Chicago, or elsewhere, that carries any strength. Now is the time for him to pick up the torch in our country and light a fire under the gangs that perpetrate this kind of baseless, and low classed, criminal behavior. It is time to evaluate, study, and enforce laws that make it impossible for these animals to continue their nonsense on little school kids. So while our elite leaders schmooze over Olympic politics, a family in Chicago will bury the love of their life--Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.