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Chicago youth groups lead demonstration for Laquan McDonald #16shots

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Je Nae’ Nicole Taylor – Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

The video of Laquan McDonald has been released and to say the least it is horrific and unimaginable. There were fears and concerns by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Gary McCarthy about the possibility of riots and unrest breaking out in Chicago after they were ordered to release the video to the public by the courts.

Sixteen shots hit McDonald as he slumps over in the middle of a Chicago street and he is kicked by his killer. Sixteen shots for a boy holding a 4-inch knife in the presence of multiple armed police officers. Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy are right to fear riots and unrest. This footage was kept from the public for a year in the midst of a mayoral election. This shooting was unconscionable and savage and the right response would be anger.

The organizations BYP 100, We Charge Genocide, Fearless Leading by the Youth,  Assata’s Daughters and Black Lives Matter Chicago assembled in the shadows of the University of Illinois Campus to process their feelings. The fact that media was there initially served as an agitator; however, once the door was opened and the chant “They think it’s a game, They think it’s a joke” spilled from the lips of these youth the message was clear. They will not allow theses injustices to go unchecked. They marched into downtown Chicago halting traffic, taking over streets all under the watchful eye of the Chicago police. There was a minor skirmish close to the Hyatt Hotel, the location of the infamous riots of 1969. Organization members Page May, Johnae Strong and Troy Alim were arrested, it calmed down quickly and the march continued peacefully as people joined and showed their support along the way. Later in the evening, Malcolm London was also arrested.

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Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

Take a moment and salute these youth for their unwavering dedication to confront injustice. They deserve to be honored, but more importantly, they deserve to be given proper guidance.

A young lady told me this was a youth moment and that the youth need to be able to express themselves. I agree this movement has been sparked by the youth, but this movement is for the whole of humanity.

It is up to those who have experience and knowledge of this world to help provide guidance and counsel when it is necessary. We are currently at the tipping point. The world is changing before our eyes. How will you contribute? What can you add?

Take a look at the gallery to see pictures from the demonstration.


18 Comments

  1. Sharon Harper on November 25, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I’m so proud of my young people who demonstrated in a peaceful manner. The way the news kept talking it you would have thought that the people were going to riot. I hope that each and every one of them remember to register to vote and then vote during the 2016 election. There are a lot of officials that are not in our best interest, and people young and old need to remember that.

    • Nigg.Newton on November 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Wasted TIME…plain and simple.

      What did they accomplish, it happened a year ago, the family already got $5 Million dollars, and the POLICE OFFICER was Charged.

      Why didn’t these BLACK FOLKS collect money and give it to the family, you know something TANGIBLE!!!

      That’s what WHITE FOLKS DO!!!

      • Precise Muzic on November 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        Eh…I tend to focus on those who are actually doing the work, thats the only time you know whats going on.

        • Nigg.Newton on November 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm

          LIP SERVICE — negro please.

    • Precise Muzic on November 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      These youth are well organized and prepared. They are ready for a change and will make it happen.

    • Spoonie Gee on November 25, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      People in Chicago have been voting for Democrats for a century. What do you suppose will change?

      • Precise Muzic on November 25, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        I think it has less to do with Democratic and Republican and more with supporting those who support you.

  2. Nigg.Newton on November 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

    But nobody GAVE MONEY TO THIS FAMILY…

    Just more LIP SERVICE and MARCHING…okay got it what’s next.

    BLACK FOLKS — get organized and make changes, marching is a waste of TIME AND ENERGY!!!

    • boazwife on November 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Just because they organize/demonstrate/march/rally for those injured or killed in police-involved incidents doesn’t mean they aren’t outraged or speak out about other deaths (Tyshawn) in the Black community.
      Because I’m sure MANY of you don’t know who the many organizers are (BYP 100, We Charge Genocide, F.L.Y., BLM Chicago, Assata’s Daughters, Let Us Breathe Collective, etc.), or know their faces, you can’t with any confidence say they haven’t been vocal.

      • Nigg.Newton on November 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        My point is ALL THEY ARE DOING IS BEING VOCAL!

        Stop the LIPSERVICE and get some action, boots on the ground, money in the pockets.

        We don’t need more talk or more vocal people we need MONEY, SUPPORT, and ACTION

        • Precise Muzic on November 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm

          They are doing more than being vocal. They are taking action.

          • Nigg.Newton on November 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

            LIP SERVICE — Negro please.



      • Precise Muzic on November 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm

        They speak out on all matters.

  3. hidaya on November 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Why don’t these black folk protest about the 300+ blacks getting shot and killed by other BLACKS in CHIRAQ every year?!!?? Where is THAT protest? Funny, ain’t it?!☹☹☹

    • Precise Muzic on November 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Those protests are happening. The just are not as publicized.

    • Neo on November 26, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I hear this so often when a black person is killed by an officer “what about black on black crime?” It’s sickening that people clearly refuse to see the difference. When black people commit a crime, they are punished severely. The problem is that when a cop commits a crime against a black person, they ARE NOT held accountable or punished. Yes, there is a problem with violence in the black community but they are held accountable for their actions and in most cases punished more severely than others. It’s just frustrating that when cops comitt obvious murders against young black men and women, no matter the video evidence presented, someone will justify their actions bc it was a black person murdered or bring up black on black crime in hopes to divert attention away from what has happened

      • Lyndia on November 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Neo, you hit the nail, directly on the head. Excellent post.

        • leroy brown on November 27, 2015 at 12:55 am

          You are a fool for thinking linda