Conservative radio host Dana Loesch guest-hosted last night's Glenn Beck Program, and she opened the show with an impassioned monologue criticizing those who protest on behalf of Trayvon Martin while ignoring the overwhelming violence gripping the "progressive utopian dream" of Chicago on a daily basis.
"So let’s look at the facts," Dana said. "Youth are the biggest target in Chicago – black youth. In 2012, Chicago had 100 more murders then in New York City, 215 more than Los Angeles, and according to the Chicago Reporter and other statistics, from 2008 to 2012, half of Chicago’s nearly 2,500 homicide victims were killed before they reached their 25th birthdays."
That number alone is staggering, but it doesn't even begin to capture the extent of the problem. The Bureau for Justice Statistics reports anywhere from 8,000 to 9,000 black Americans are killed every year, and 93% of those murders are committed by other black Americans.
So where are the riots, the feigned outrage, and protestors decrying those statistics?
"Now, if all of these people out there protesting for Trayvon are so concerned about the death of a youth, then where have they been these past ten years," Dana asked. " It’s a farce. It’s a distraction, and if people really cared about the loss of black youth, they would be asking what the hell is going on in their communities. They would be asking why black youth are dying at an epidemic rate. This violence is a symptom of a problem."
Aside from the horrendous crime rates, looking at Chicago as a case study is disheartening. Many Chicago communities see half their residents living in poverty with failing schools and very little economic opportunity. Furthermore, the family unit has been all but obliterated.
"Now, these statistics are as equally depressing," Dana said, "but you know, Chicago is just the progressive utopian dream, right? This is President Obama’s backyard."
"You have to ask why, with the first black president, are black Americans one of the demographics, along with women, so adversely affected by his policies. Why is dependence upon government assistance at an all-time high," Dana questioned. "Oh, I see change, but there’s no hope to be found. And why does it take a white girl with American Indian ancestry asking these questions? Why is this not a topic of analysis on BET or One News or with Al Sharpton? That’s the question we should be asking."