by Thomas Lifson
The death of George Floyd has convulsed the nation for a week now, the literal flames fanned by the national media. But a far larger – and ongoing – death toll of (mostly) young black men in Chicago slain by gang warfare gets almost no attention. Perhaps because the many killers in question are mostly other young black men of the criminal gang persuasion.
As rioters looted, burned, assaulted and killed nationwide, Chicago saw one of its worst weekend death tolls ever.
The Chicago Sun-Times tallies, “82 shot, 22 fatally, over Chicago’s most violent weekend of 2020.” By that newspaper’s count, 17 of the 22 killed were felled on Sunday, following a Saturday night marked by riots and destruction. The Cook County Medical Examiner counted only 15 gun homicides countrywide, but did note that the medical examiner conducted 35 autopsies that day, 15 to 20 more than normal: