STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT ACTIVITY OF RIOTS AND LOOTING IN CHICAGO
The current violence and criminal activity happening in our City of Chicago is very unacceptable and heartbreaking to witness. The city is home to the main office of the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF). The real cause of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. We must advocate for social justice and equity for the Black race and the minority population. Protests are meant to be peaceful expressions against issues of police brutality and racism that is current in our country.
The behavior of looting and violent clashes with the police is not the solution to fixing the issues of hate towards the Black communities. This must be done by working together proactively to address these issues with the city and local officials. I am also calling for the Governor, Mayor, and local officials to stand to address the heart of this matter. Lead as you were voted into office to do so. The safety of the business community and neighborhoods are paramount and should not be terrorized in outrage and anger.
The recent comments made by the organizer for BLM Chicago is very unsupportable and do not define the cause of BLM’s mission. Looting does not make sure that a person eats; however, it shows the content of intolerable behavior. When you loot your city, neighborhood, or town, you are only dissecting the pride of your surroundings. Yes, businesses have insurance; Nevertheless, after the results of being looted, would you want to continue to provide business to that particular area with the fearfulness that it would happen again?
With all being said, we are only terrorists of our own, which must come to a stop. The current behavior exemplifies the opposite of BLM activism and displays why our race is more less funded today. Please take a look at our communities, educational institutions, and programs as an example. I acknowledge with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., that the act of pillaging, robbing & looting towards the city and police, is morally wrong and embarrassing.
These were the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after the 1967 riots in Detroit. “A million words will be written and spoken to dissect the ghetto outbreaks, but for a perspective and vivid expression of culpability I would submit two sentences written a century ago by Victor Hugo:
“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”
John R. Lewis’s life was recently celebrated because he was known to get into “Good Trouble,” “Necessary Trouble,” and let’s do the same peacefully for all humanity. Protest. React. Speak out against what’s wrong. But DO NOT tear up our country because of senseless behavior.
With kind respect,
Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder