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But nobody cares, because they’re black?

Posted by sanityinjection on September 4, 2008

CBS 2 Chicago reports that over the summer of 2008, more people were shot and killed in the city of Chicago than the number of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the same period. 123 Chicagoans were killed, while only about 118 soldiers lost their lives.

Where are the protesters demanding a halt to this senseless violence? Where are the Code Pink wingnuts chaining themselves to the doors of the crack houses that serve as recruiting stations for Chicago’s street gangs? Why are the lives of these victims, often women and children who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, less deserving of outraged attention? Where are the convention protesters marching with homemade signs that read “GANGS OUT OF CHICAGO”?

Surely it can’t be true that the Left is content to let our cities remain deathtraps as long as it’s just blacks, Hispanics and Asians killing other blacks, Hispanics, and Asians…can it?

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2 Responses to “But nobody cares, because they’re black?”

  1. Dan said

    Your conclusion has no factual support, and I don’t see the “Right” doing anything about it either if true, which makes it simply gratuitous.

    Additionally, I highly suspect that the racial mix of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan is heavily weighted toward minorities anyway. At least more so than our population as a whole. This is due to the fact that the racial mix of our military as a whole is unequally weighted toward our minorities. This controversial issue is largely ignored by military hawks (overwhelmingly “Right”) although it is actually statistically supportable.

  2. sanityinjection said

    Most of the statistics I’ve seen on the ethnic composition of the armed forces are a few years old. I wonder if it’s changed since the Iraq war began. Minorities have seen in the armed forces a pathway to opportunities that haven’t seemed available in their home communities, but I wonder whether the war depressed minority recruiting as much or more than among the white population?

    I’m not sure why you feel that the high representation of minorities in the military is a “controversial issue”, any more than the high representation of minorities in high-risk construction and industrial occupations.

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