(Natural News) If Democrats are good at anything it is revising history and convincing — or trying to convince — people they’re not really seeing what they’re actually seeing.
Portions of Chicago have been a shooting gallery for decades, practically dating back to the days of Al Capone.
But the violence has gotten worse, especially over the past decade as one Democrat mayor after another has failed to quell it or even substantially reduce it.
Today, in the age of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is black, shootings and murders of other blacks are at all-time highs. Indeed, it is safe to say that blacks are more at risk of being killed by another black person in Chicago than anywhere else in the country (with the possible exception of East St. Louis).
But for a number of reasons, the criminality is no longer limited to historically black sections of the city. It is spreading, and rapidly, under the phony guise of the BLM movement — and because of that, Lightfoot is telling Chicagoans to look the other way and outside critics to mind their own business.
In an interview August 16 with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Lightfoot deflected blame for rising crime and violence by claiming that the “vast majority” of protests in the city are “peaceful.”
“Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests. The vast majority of these have been peaceful,” she said following a weekend in which 17 police officers were injured and 24 people arrested following mass looting that included businesses along the city’s lucrative “Magnificent Mile.”
And what’s more, the looting was organized.
“But what we’ve also seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and have come for a fight. What happened yesterday was really over very quickly because our police department has resolved to make sure we protect peaceful protests, but we’re absolutely not going to tolerate people who come to these protests looking for a fight, and are intending to injury our police officers and injure innocent people who just come to express their First Amendment rights,” Lightfoot continued.
“That is a very different thing than what happened yesterday. Last Sunday was absolutely a planned attack. It is not spontaneous when you bring U-Haul trucks and high-end robbery tools,” she noted further.
“We’re working with our federal partners to identify exactly who the ring leaders are. We’re actively pursuing cases against others. We’re determined to make sure we get to the bottom of this and bring those responsible for this organized crime effort to justice,” she said — a massive change in tune after telling President Donald Trump to stuff it earlier this summer when he offered federal aid to help stop riots and looting.
But the deeper question is this: Why would looters in Chicago feel empowered to raid the most upscale shopping district in the city?
The answer: Because a George Soros-funded prosecutor, working in conjunction with Lightfoot’s administration, has been going easy on those ‘peaceful protesters.’
“Criminals took to the street with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said last week, in reference to Cook County State Prosecutor Kim Foxx. “And I for one refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage.”
As for black-on-black crime in the age of BLM, there were 105 killings of mostly black residents in July, the most in 28 years — and more than double from the same month last year.
But hey, most protests and such are ‘peaceful.’
As for the Magnificent Mile, a week after the mass looting which a local BLM activist described as no problem because they’re really just “reparations,” most businesses remained closed and boarded up, as store owners ponder what to do next in a city that obviously can’t protect them.
BLM Chicago Leader on the looting of stores: "That is reparations…. anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance…" pic.twitter.com/uB9GAGmkLu
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) August 11, 2020