Chicago, as one of our nation’s larger and Democratically run cities, has seen much chaos in recent weeks and months since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis while in police custody. In fact, some of the worst and most violent shootings in our nation’s history have happened here as of late, as well as massive amounts of looting, rioting, and protesting. But one neighborhood has had enough.
The community of Englewood was the location of a recent police-involved shooting that sparked organized looting throughout the city, including the famous Magnificent Mile, from groups like Black Lives Matter Chicago, Good Kids Mad City, and others. But when protesters arrived back in Englewood on Tuesday to protest at the 7th Precinct, the neighborhood showed up to greet them and effectively tell them to “get the hell out.”
According to Fox 32 News, the “caravan” of protesters “started on 64th and Cottage Grove, and the protesters eventually ended up in front of the 7th District police station, but it didn’t last long.”
Members of the community turned out en masse to literally push the protesters out of the area. Naturally, physical altercations ensued and expletives were dropped. But the neighborhood won, letting BLM and others who would try to use their community for political gain know that they were no longer allowed.
As one of the leaders of the pushback and longtime community member, Darryl Smith, yelled into a loudspeaker at the protesters, “If you ain’t from Englewood, get the f*** out of here.”
Smith and others added to this demand, noting that the groups and their protesters didn’t really care about black lives or their communities. They weren’t around when the children on Englewood got shot in the streets. Instead, they only seem to care about politics and what the police have or haven’t done.
Smith said, “I ain’t see none of you motherf*ckers when them kids got killed. Y’all don’t come out when the kids get shot. Y’all come out when it got something to do with the f*cking police.” And he added, “if your issue is with the police, take it to 35th and Michigan,” which is where the Chicago police headquarters is located. “Don’t come in Englewood with it.”
Another man yelled, “We’re out here every day watching out kids get their brains blew out with no f*cking funding, no resources, but you motherf*ckers getting all the resources and y’all wanna come over here and disrupt of motherf*cking neighborhood.”
And these community members certainly have a point.
Black Lives Matter wasn’t around before all this started. Sure, it technically existed, but as these men say, they weren’t in their neighborhoods helping to protect them with all the resources and funding that is made available to them.
They only arrived after the police became involved. Neighborhoods like Englewood never heard or saw a single glimpse of them until it became evident that there were fame and fortune to be had, as well as some semblance of political notoriety.
And as these community members made known, what BLM and others are doing now isn’t helping. Instead, it’s causing massive destruction to lives, homes, and businesses that BLM is supposed to be protecting and caring about. The fact that they aren’t, shows their true colors and what they are really about.
I mean, what kind of organization, that claims to care about black communities and lives, says it’s ok to attack, loot, and destroy the Ronald McDonald House, which houses children diagnosed with cancer and their families? Yes, the leader of BLM Chicago actually came out and said that she not only supported the looting but encouraged it. She claims that such robbery is a kind of reparations that the black community is owed.
No wonder these communities don’t want BLM in their neighborhoods, ruining their livelihoods or even walking their streets.
As community member Joyce Brown told the Sun-Times, “I don’t agree with the looting because that’s just an excuse to get what they want.” Another neighbor, Charles McKenzie, said, “We refuse to let anyone come to Englewood and tear it up.”
And I have to say it’s a little embarrassing, to say the least. After all, what does it mean when black communities refuse Black Lives Matter and no longer want them around?