“Police in Chicago continue to investigate the fatal shooting of the first cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.
Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Two people have been questioned in connection with the shooting but no charges have been filed, police said. …
Normally, I wouldn’t even bother to mention this here.
A black woman getting fatally shot in a crossfire in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago while pushing a baby stroller isn’t newsworthy. This sort of thing happens all the time in Chicago. A black 2-year-old gets shot in Detroit. A black 4-year-old gets shot in St. Louis. A black 8-year-old gets shot in Memphis. And so on it goes.
Do you know how bad life is for black people in Barack Obama’s America? It’s so bad that I made that up completely at random – throwing darts into my text editor – and then ran Google searches to find the relevant links to the recent shootings. I just assumed that kind of thing was happening based on experience. It would only be newsworthy if it stopped or the Black Lives Matter movement roused itself to do something about it. Like the devastating flood in Baton Rouge, it is not something they care about.
The only reason I am writing anything about this right now is because Donald Trump has used his Twitter platform to make it a national story:
Dwayne Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
Lately, Trump has been highlighting the dystopia that much of Black America lives in, and which White America studiously avoids. White America has it bad too in lots of places like Appalachia, but even that is not as bad as Detroit or Chicago.
It’s interesting that Trump is now starting to focus on black inner cities. At first I thought this was a strategy to reassure suburban Whites that he isn’t a racist. I’m sure that is part of it, but now he is planning to go into Detroit. Does he seriously expect to win any votes there? Why is Trump wasting his time talking about distressed inner cities?
I now think it is a natural evolution. He’s gone to some of the worst hit parts of White America like the deindustrialized Mahoning Valley in Ohio. Now he is going to Detroit which is the worst hit part of Black America. All these blacks and Whites settled there in the first place because of industrial jobs that disappeared generations ago.
I doubt the blacks are capable of realizing that Trump’s platform – jobs, security, shutting down immigration – would actually benefit them. We hate free-trade agreements for sending jobs overseas. Those jobs left places like St. Louis and Detroit where the ancestors of all these blacks used to be employed. We hate immigration because it holds down wages and disrupts the social fabric. Those immigrants settle in black neighborhoods and take jobs from them. We support law-and-order because crime cripples economic growth. The worst hit areas are black neighborhoods where there are no jobs because there is so much crime that no one but Pakistanis want to open a business there.
We might be “racists” in the sense that we stick up for Whites, but we get this. If Trump won the election, we don’t expect blacks would be harmed by his victory. An end to useless foreign wars, mass immigration, and globalist free-trade agreements benefits everyone living here. It would have the greatest impact on the working class.
I mean seriously, if you run the risk of getting murdered while pushing a baby stroller through your neighborhood because you have to dodge so many flying bullets, maybe it is your community that has the greatest need for “law-and-order”? I’m not the one dodging bullets out here in these cornfields in northern Missouri.