The death of decency in America became even more tragic with the tragic shooting death of a Chicago teen that was defending his 15-year-old twin brother. According to the Chicago Tribune, armed assailants are reported to have made an attempt to steal Demario Bailey’s Columbia winter jacket last Saturday on the city’s South Side. The dead teen was just a few days short of his 16th birthday.
What is equally tragic is that his death, and hundreds of deaths like his, are an all too common occurrence in Chicago. Murder by blacks of blacks is the leading cause of death in the black community. Where are the protesters who should be asking for justice for Demario Bailey? The teen’s mother and a city filled with innocent victim families cannot hear you.
The alarmists who have been shouting, protesting, marching and even in the case of Ferguson, looting and burning have conveniently ignored Bailey’s loss of life. Even though a 17-year-old has been apprehended in the murder of the teen, and charged with first degree murder and two other felonies, is that going to truly end up being justice for his surviving twin brother Demacio and his family?
Of course everyone in the nation has seen the signs that have been raised in protest marches in Ferguson as well as other cities across America saying, “Black Lives Matter.” But is that just a political statement that only carries the weight of the moment for the political point that the protester carrying the sign wants to convey? These protesters are only interested in the cool and media hip events of the day that requires no true involvement or commitment. Everyday black-on-black death is too much like confronting a reality they, mainstream media and liberals would rather not acknowledge or deal with.
Here is a reality that should ignite protesters who are so concerned about violence and the death of innocents. Demario Bailey was an innocent. He was a young man who was an achiever with aspirations. According to the Chicago Tribune, his cousin, Faliata Holman said that the dead teen had aspired to be a basketball player. She stated, “He wasn’t a drug dealer, he wasn’t a gang-banger, he was an upstanding kid,” reported the Chicago Tribune.
So what does it take to rev up support for an innocent who is shot down in cold blood in a black-on-black crime in President Barack Obama’s hometown? What about the fact that his mom was actively involved in the school’s PTA? She was, according to the Chicago Tribune, a single mom who focused her children on school achievement and safety. But like a stealth street terrorist, Carlos Johnson, 17, who has been charged with the murder of Demario, allegedly killed the future for the honor roll student.
Are these facts important enough for a Jesse Jackson to get involved in the civil rights of a dead youth? After all this is the home city of Jackson and his civil rights organization Operation Push. The silence from him as well as from Al Sharpton is deafening.
What should not be silent is the call for a death penalty verdict for the killer of Demario Bailey. But wait…
Unfortunately there will not be any death penalty justice for the family of Demario Bailey, because former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing it in March of 2011. He did it over the objections of many prosecutors. At the time of the signing of the bill, Gov. Quinn claimed he had examined every aspect of Illinois’ death penalty and determined it was impossible to create a perfect system, “that is free of all mistakes, free of all discrimination with respect to race or economic circumstance or geography,” reported NPR.
While understandable that safeguards were necessary in order to prevent innocent victims of miscarriages of justice, there are now protections in place including the use of DNA evidence. The governor seemed more intent on receiving advice and counsel from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, according to the Chicago Tribune, than focusing on justice for the victim’s families.
This decision from 2011 leaves far too many families with no justice and certainly with no peace. It appears that the greatest discrimination being waged in Chicago’s black community is the discrimination against good decent people being murdered by thugs, street criminals and merciless killers. Where again are the protest signs?
Before Eric Holder leaves office as U.S. Attorney General he should seriously consider holding a summit for the innocents in the black community. Use these statistics that come from a study done by the American Journal of Medicine. Last year the study showed that “Homicide is, far and away, the leading cause of death of young black men. Black men are 6 times more likely to die as the result of and 7 times more likely to commit murder than their white counterparts. One eighth of the population is black, but one half of all homicide victims are black.”
But Holder, Ferguson and New York protesters are not truly interested in the tragic deaths of innocents like honor roll student Demario Bailey. Bailey was too law abiding, too academically focused and too much the opposite of a teen robber like Ferguson’s Michael Brown. Yes, the death of Demario Bailey is another truly stark example of the death of decency in America.