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Alderman Says ‘Gang Life’ is ‘Public Health Crisis,’ Not Mayor Lightfoot’s ‘Racism’ Claim

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Over the weekend Chicago experienced a crime spree; sadly, it is recurring every weekend. “At least seven people were killed and 45 others wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend, including a man killed during the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Humboldt Park” reported Chicago Sun-Times. One 15-year-old boy was among three injured and a woman was killed in a Friday night shooting in Back of the Yards.

Last Thursday Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared Racism against Black residents is the public health crisis within the city. Is it racism that is pulling the trigger every weekend? In a press conference, Lightfoot said “at almost every single point in our city’s history, sadly, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and well-being of our residents of color and particularly those who are black.”

Alderman Raymond Lopez responded to Lightfoot’s accusations saying, “I think it’s a foil to avoid having to deal with [gang and other issues], period. Two hundred-plus murders in the city of Chicago, none of them were committed because of racism.” He continued, “I can tell you last week’s gang shooting had nothing to do with racism. The shooting in Englewood Monday morning, four people shot, three others injured, was not about racism.”

On June 17, Lightfoot tweeted, “The State of Health for Blacks in Chicago is a stark reminder of the legacy of unacceptable inequities that continue to plague our city and country to this day.”  Lopez, again addressing the root of the problem, said, “Generational gang life isn’t just something that’s encouraged. It’s almost revered in some neighborhoods” said Lopez. “If you really want to get to what is at the heart of a lot of this, it is gangs, and it is the borderline collapse of the family unit in many of our neighborhoods…[Lightfoot] has avoided calling out gangs in our community as a source of violence in our city.”

During the weekend of June 4-6, “five people were killed, and more than 50 others were shot, including an 11-year-old girl, across Chicago” reported the Washington Examiner. Even before this deadly weekend, on June 2nd Lopez tweeted “what the hell is going on tonight, I’m still on scene for the gang shooting in Back of the yards and now 17 rounds fired off in front of Shields Elementary School in Brighton Park. This city needs to get its head out of its ass & get serious about confronting gangs.”

In the early hours of June 12, Lopez tweeted, “in less than 24 hours, a new gang ‘family’ moved onto a block, they immediately opened a fire hydrant after settling in, and just moments ago took to shooting at a passing vehicle. The property owner can expect a call from me tomorrow. I want them gone. Now!”

Soon after, Lopez released a follow-up tweet saying “this shooting has now turned into a homicide. A young woman picked up by her boyfriend for an evening out. They were ‘checked’ for driving on their own block. She is now dead. CHECKED BY GANGS & SHOT DEAD! So many squirm to make excuses for gangs. STOP IT NOW. #CancelGangCulture.”

Residents in Chicago are “giving up” on calling the police, saying Mayor Lightfoot’s law enforcement policies and misguided focus on systemic racism are doing very little, if anything, to stop the mostly gang-related violence.

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  1. RandyLee

    June 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

    well at least someone in chicago govt understands what is happening to the city and why it is happening. how refreshing for chicago. lori lightfoot certainly has no idea. maybe if she took some leadership lessons she would understand. but she is too arrogant and conceited to actually learn how to run a city the size of chicago.

  2. Carolyn Jones

    June 25, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Right on, RL!!! Someone recently wrote, “Lightfoot thinks racism is the biggest problem; murders, not so much”. Couldn’t be clearer!

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Shaq Denounces ‘Celebrity-Ness’ Says They are ‘Out of Their Freaking Mind’

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal had some harsh words for celebrities and declared he is not one

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In an interview with the New York Post, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal had some harsh words for celebrities and declared he is not one. “I denounce my celebrity-ness today. I’m done with it” O’Neal told the Post while discussing his new Kellogg’s deal.

“Celebrities are crazy. I don’t want to be in that category. They are. They’re going freaking insane. Don’t call me that anymore” said O’Neal. “These people are out of their freaking mind with how they treat people, what they do, what they say. That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that.”

O’Neal’s Kellogg’s deal consists of his own new Frosted Flakes cereal, Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs, and partnership with Mission Tiger, which will help over 60,000 middle-schoolers.

“The Mission Tiger program pledged to purchase new sports equipment, including uniforms, for students across the U.S. The Schools involved in the mission will take place in the six cities where O’Neal played over 19 seasons – Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Phoenix” reports The Post.

O’Neal wants to be remembered for his kindness, says the 49-year-old who grew up poor in New Jersey and says he tries to do random acts of kindness at least twice per week.

Everyone gets stereotyped but celebrities get stereotyped because most of them are “our of their damn mind.” He said. “I’m a regular person that listened, that followed their dreams, made it. But just because I made it don’t mean I’m bigger than you. Just because I made it don’t mean I’m smarter than you. Just cause I have more money than you don’t mean that I’m better than you.”

 I’ve never been that way and I never will be that way. So I don’t want to be in that category of people. When they talk about Shaq, what do you say? ‘He’s a nice guy.’ Because what else can you be? You’re either nice or you’re the A-word, and I definitely won’t be looked at as the A-word,” he said.

“I want people to say, ‘Bro, he’s nice. He didn’t have an entourage. His people didn’t take my phone because I took a picture and threw it.’”

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Employees Completely Helpless as Shoplifters Walk Out With Thousands Worth of Goods at Oregon Lowes

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Social media Twitter account @libsoftiktok which states in the bio it posts “all things insane & hypocritical” posted a one-minute video showing “2 people walk out of an Oregon Lowe’s with carts of stolen merchandise. Employees look on and are unable to do anything.”

As the video plays, words highlighted red appear that read, “INCREDIBLE STATE OF OREGON, USA” and “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.” The video takes place at a Lowes store and epitomizes the sad times we are in.

Within the first eight seconds of the video, the two robbers, with filled carts, simply stroll out of the store as if they were paying customers. The Lowes employee asks the men “can you show me the receipts?” The young man appears to flash something while saying “right here.”

The female employee then says “no, I don’t think so” knowing the men did not pay for the items. The two thieves continue to walk the carts out of the store and a second, elderly Lowes employee attempts to stop the men, shouting “hey” as he follows them.

The female employee stops the elderly male employee from pursuing the robbers saying, “it’s not worth it.” As the robbers have successfully exited the store, into the parking lot, the male recording the video then asks the employees, “doesn’t it suck you guys can’t do anything? I mean I think it’s just amazing.”

The video then shows the men in the parking lot throwing the stolen items into a red Subaru where it appears others were waiting to help. A voice can be heard explaining that the guys are packing the car with stolen goods, and another man explains it happens “every day.”

“Dude that’s thousands of dollars – I’m an electrician, bro” the videographer explains of the sheer amount of goods being stolen. The thieves close the back door and the videographer zooms in to the back of the car to show the “license tag” before the car speeds away. The red highlighted words “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY” remained on the video the whole time.

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