Santita Jackson’s in denial — Chicago homicides and gang violence in the Black community

Friday evening, I caught the follow-up segment of “The O’Reilly Factor”, where guest host Juan Williams interviewed Santita Jackson (daughter of the Rev. Jesse Jackson) and Deneen Borelli, regarding a recent cover story by the Chicago Defender, “Mr. President, what’s the deal?  Why so long to speak out about Chicago violence?“.  In the interview Juan asked if the violence in the black community against other blacks was due to the breakdown of the family and the social fabric.

Ms. Jackson responded,

“I think this is the breakdown of the American family.”  She cited a Northwestern University study several times, and said, “A study showed us that the gunshot deaths in urban America are roughly equal to the gunshot deaths in rural America. We have a violence epidemic that is rooted in joblessness and the breakdown of our social fabric, but I don’t think you can isolate it to the black community.”

Earlier this year, in an article published by, I wrote about the continuing violence within the Black community, and also questioned why the President didn’t use his bully pulpit and hold a summit of community leaders to address the ongoing problems of education, single parents and unemployment.  However, where I differ from Ms. Jackson, is that I referenced the Annual Report of the Chicago Police Dept., where they break out by crime statistics by race, age, gender and neighborhood where the crimes occur.  Those statistics validate what Juan Williams referenced in his interview as well as Ms. Borelli’s contention,

“There is a breakdown in the black family because of the failure of progressive policies. Look at what welfare did to black families, and today we have individuals who are more dependent on the government instead of looking to themselves. But the black establishment doesn’t want to talk about the failures of progressive policies because that will expose the failures of their policies.”

Crime and violence is committed by all races and genders.  However, ducking the issue as Ms. Jackson did on Friday evening, and calling it “american family” problem, is not helping her community, but merely perpetuating the “victim” mentality and blame-it-on racism meme.  Instead, as Ms. Borelli contends,

“…we need is a hostile takeover of the black establishment to hold them accountable for what they say and what they do.”

Ms. Jackson is an articulate media personality and community leader.  It is rather a shame that she cannot emulate Dr. William “Bill” Cosby:

They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.

I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

“Why you ain’t,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be…”.

And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.

In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

$500 sneakers for what?

And they won’t spend $200 for “Hooked on Phonics.”

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

Where were you when he was 2?

Where were you when he was 12?

Where were you when he was 18, and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward. Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles (piercings) going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from?

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa.

I say this all of the time — it would be like white people saying they are European-American — that is totally stupid.

I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany, Scotland, England, Ireland, or the Netherlands.

The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa — so stop, already!

With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap…and all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

We have got to take the neighborhood back.

People used to be ashamed.

Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.

We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks, have to do a better job.

Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

We have to start holding each other to a higher standard….


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