So last night 7 people got shot during an album release in Chicago for Lil Mouse and King Samson. It’s heartbreaking to see the continued carnage in the windy city with seemingly no end in sight.. It’s also heartbreaking to hear these stories on national news ala CNN.. You go to Google to look up the story and here’s whats listed as the number 2 story for all to see..
Now before get into a free speech argument, which I clearly understand.. this issue here is not that..For me its how Google goes about listing stories in its vaunted news feeds. There are lots of folks who covered this story.. Why was this number 2? Why is it that we have some sites that put out consistent stories of note that can never get listed.. Case in point the Black Agenda Report who deliver compelling articles on issues with the intent of holding the President accountable.. Their stories don’t get listed and they been around more than 10 years.. Maybe there’s a simple explanation or maybe the most vile and most racist among us have a tight SEO game.. who knows.. Middle finger to google for making that their number 2 story..
On another note, we still have the very real issue of seven people being shot at a nightclub. This is happening so much that even Presidential visits addressing the violence has done very little to deter this disconnect and disdain for life that many seem to have in the Chi. Is there a simple solution? It’s not like we don’t have scores of groups and organizations in Chicago working diligently to turn things around..From the outside looking in, it seems like there are other forces at work.. It just seems like there is no real investment to change the systemic conditions that are leading up to this ongoing violence. It’s all about more police and more jails.. and obviously that’s not working..It seems like that hard work we see folks doing to bring about peace is being continuously undermined.
Maybe this generation and a few others are permanently lost..Perhaps all hands gotta be on deck to reach the youngest and the most impressionable with us pushing a steady diet of peace, affirmation for life, social upliftment, social justice, conflict resolution and love..