9-year-old boy was executed in Chicago: Where is the outrage?
August 25, 2014

Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day.

He was Chicago’s youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side.

And when I went out there on 71st and Woodlawn less than 24 hours after he was murdered, here’s what I didn’t see:

I didn’t see protesters waving their hands in the air for network TV cameras. I didn’t see the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson playing their usual roles in the political race card game.

I didn’t see white college anarchists hiding behind their white plastic Guy Fawkes masks talking about being oppressed by the state. I didn’t see politicians equivocating. But the worst thing I didn’t see was this:

I didn’t see the theatrical outrage that you see in Ferguson, Mo. A white cop in Ferguson — a place most people never heard of just two weeks ago — shoots a black teenager and the nation knows what to do. The actors scream out their roles on cue.

But in Chicago, a black child is assassinated, and Attorney General Eric Holder isn’t on his way here. There are no hashtag campaigns saying #saveourboys. And instead of loud anger, there is numb silence.

"It’s only the second day. I don’t know what will happen," said Helen Cross, 82, a neighbor who lives down the street from the shooting. She’s lived in the neighborhood for 49 years.

"Everybody says it’s a shame," she said. "It was terrible. But nobody’s … nobody is …"

Her voice trailed off.


She nodded.

"A lot of people don’t want to be involved until it happens to their family," said her son, Lewis Cross. "And that’s the shame."

The screamers and the race hustlers buzzing in Ferguson like flies have it easy: White cop/black victim is a script that sells, and the TV cameras come running.

But in Chicago, young African-American and Latino men and boys and girls are shot down far too regularly, by neighbors, meaning other black and Latinos.

Venting outrage at police is easier, and it’s politically advantageous. Venting at neighbors is a bit more complicated and dangerous. The neighbors will still be there on the block long after the columnists and the TV cameras leave. People are afraid. They don’t want their children to pay for anything they might say.

"This city is crazy," said neighbor Arnold Caffey, a mechanic from Detroit. "I mean, Detroit is better than this."

We were sitting on his porch out of the rain.

"A baby has been assassinated, and where’s the anger?" he asked. "When that child was shot, some people out there were still drinking, I’m saying a baby has been assassinated, they’re like, well, they don’t care."

What if the shooter had been police officer — a white police officer?

"You know what would happen, the whole Ferguson thing," Caffey said. "But it’s not."

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church, has consistently condemned the violence in Chicago. He doesn’t flit in or out of town. He’s always here and was scheduled to lead a neighborhood prayer vigil Thursday evening.

"This 9-year-old boy — in my mind — when you get multiple shots for a 9-year-old boy in a back alley, that’s an execution," he said in a telephone interview before the event. "That’s not a drive-by, that’s not an accident. That sounds like an execution."

He’s been outspoken about Ferguson, but he knows that moral outrage is undercut if there’s silence over the assassination of a child.

"We cannot simply be outraged about something that happens someplace else and get immune to what happens at home," he said. "This is pure evil.

"We have to be absolutely outraged. And we have to say, ‘We’re going to find out who you are, and we’re going to turn you in because you’re not going to get by with this. You can’t kill a 9-year-old kid and go home and eat McDonald’s and watch TV.’"

Antonio Smith was shot in a backyard that borders a railroad viaduct on 71st Street. To the east, the gang that runs things is called Sircon City. To the west, a group called Pocket Town runs the show. Police say he was not a gang member.

Cynthia Smith-Thigpen, a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher, talked about the lack of public outrage.

"There’s shamelessness to the silence over this boy’s death," she said. "It’s like, ‘Oh, another child dead in Chicago.’ Perhaps we’re all numb to what goes on in this city."

Out there was a concrete pad where a garage once stood, and thick grass in the yard and bushes around the edges. And there was the rain and the silence in Pocket Town.

I stood off to the side and pictured Antonio in my mind. Was he running? Were his hands raised the way activists said Michael Brown’s hands were raised in Ferguson?

Antonio was a baby. He didn’t allegedly steal cigars or threaten a shopkeeper or punch a cop. He was 9 years old. He was targeted. He was murdered.

"People need to be angry, but this isn’t TV, and some people really don’t care," said neighbor Tony Miller, who has a son about Antonio’s age. "And people who don’t live here don’t want to know, but people get killed all the time."


Antonio’s funeral is scheduled for this Saturday morning. If anyone has any information about any rallies, organizing meetings or any support funds for his family, please feel free to message us. 


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Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Female Voices: Who Is Listening?

I love this woman


This succinctly explains why black people shame each other.



Perfect!!!!! This is such a hard concept to explain. Ughhhh I love this woman.

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* are mean to their mothers
* are against feminism
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* will/are leading you on
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I tried to tell y’all who’s behind the fireworks (to cause confusion), molotov cocktails, agitating police, being belligerent and ESPECIALLY the LOOTING. IT’S NOT US. PROTESTS IN #FERGUSON HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED BY HATE GROUPS. They come to stir up shit, then sit back and blame the unruly n****s.

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Hate doesn’t breed hate. Hate inspires anger in victims of hatred and that anger is called hatred to delegitimize it and villainize people. If you wanna help people who are victims then first you gotta stop acting like they’re just as bad their oppressors and abusers.

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All life, both human & nonhuman, has equal value.

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Photos Of Animals And Their Parents That Will Melt Your Heart

animals belong to themselves. they’re not ours to own and use just because we are more powerful.

How funny is it that there isn’t cows and pigs with their babies.

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And the rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period.(x)

And this, tumblr, is what I mean by white privilege.

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TurboRoo, a chihuahua born without its front legs, was given a 3D printed cart made by San Diego firm 3dyn so he could train to be a service dog for disabled children.

I think we could all use these pics today. 

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Asker nyajuok Asks:
(I don't want to come off as mean)But I don't agree with the whole humans aren't made for eating meat, because our teeth suggest otherwise, we can eat both meat and veggies, there are a lot of animals who do this, it's entirely possible. How can other animals eat each other but when humans do it, it is a terrible thing? I get it's leading to disease, but honestly that is all the additives not the meat itself. Testing on animals, I can agree with you on that, though.
illogicalfrog illogicalfrog Said:


Humans are opportunistic omnivores. We have the ABILITY to digest a wide variety of things which is an evolutionary advantage in case of food scarcity but eating large amounts of animal products over a long period of time will kill us. Obligate carnivores don’t get heart disease and cancer from eating meat. Humans do.

Humans have a generalized set of teeth. Look at your teeth and look at a lion’s teeth. Notice any differences? Now look at a gorilla’s teeth. Gorillas have been known to eat meat but what’s their primary source of nutrients? Fruit.

Meat itself has cholesterol, animal protein (which is highly acidic), and an extremely high likelihood of carrying harmful microorganisms since it’s, you know, rotting flesh. Obligate carnivores secrete much more hydrochloric acid than humans do (a lion has about ten times as much) so even eating raw meat that’s been sitting around won’t hurt them because most microorganisms simply wouldn’t survive. Meat has MANY characteristics which are harmful to humans that are completely independent of the hormones, antibiotics, cleaning agents, and other many additives that go into meat.

When animals eat eachother it is almost ALWAYS out of need. Think about the last time you ate an animal…did you have other options available? Could you very easily have prepared something else to eat? Do you biologically require a diet which contains flesh? (The majority of humans do not biologically require any animal products to be healthy. Exceptions are people with absorption issues or other metabolic conditions and these are incredibly rare.)
And another often overlooked difference: wild carnivores do not keep their prey in factory farms. They don’t lock them in warehouses where they can never see the sun, they don’t forcibly impregnate them and manipulate their genetics, they don’t pump them full of antibiotics and hormones and mutilate them. They don’t do anything until they are actually in need of sustenance, at which point they will most likely prey on the sick or elderly members of a herd.

Consider doing actual research and maybe having a thought beyond “hmm I have a couple of teeth which are slightly sharper than the others, must mean I should be eating rotting flesh” before coming into my inbox with this tired crap, please.