Do black lives really matter? Glenn reads the stunning list of black people murdered in Chicago being ignored by activists and protesters

On the O’Reilly Factor last night, guest Tavis Smiley claimed “there is no respect for black life in this country,” in a rant against the grand jury decision in New York this week.

Glenn isn’t necessarily a fan of the decision, but he’s even less a fan of the narrative.

Are white cops the biggest threat to black people today?

The statistics and tragically long list of names of black people murdered in Chicago within the last few months tell a different story.

GLENN: All right. Black lives matter. He says, there's no respect. No one is paying attention and black lives matter. Let me give you a few names.

Rayvon Little, twenty years old. Chicago. Dead.

Andre Johnson, Jr., black, 29 years old, Chicago, dead.

Andrew Brown, 46, South Shore, Chicago, dead.

Doug Chambliss, black, 33, Chicago, dead.

Darrell Tolbert, 36, black, shot to death.

Gregory McKinney, black, shot to death.

Joseph Lewis, Chicago, black, shot to death.

Deon Gilbert, Jr., black, South Deering, Chicago, shot to death. By the way, he was 15.

Donnell Coakley, black, assault. Donnell was three.

Kyle Robertson, 23, black, Chicago, shot to death.

Lydell Lynch, black, 22, Grand Crossing, Chicago, shot to death.

Johnathan Cartwright, black, 18, shot to death.

Aaron Stalling, black, near west side Chicago, shot to death.

Remember, black lives matter.

Anthony Jackson, 22, Chicago, black, shot to death.

Zoraida Feliciano, black, Humbolt Park, Chicago, 33, shot to death.

Da'Lon Mobley, black, West Chicago, 30, shot to death.

Kendall Warren, black, 24, Chicago, shot to death.

Nacurvie Smith, 27 years old, Old Town Chicago, black, shot to death.

Larry Thomas, 31, Englewood, Chicago, black shot to death.

Robert Leverett, black, Englewood, Chicago, shot to death.

Derick Coopwood, black, 21, shot to death.

Krystal Jackson, 25, black, shot to death.

Tyris Ferguson, black, 23, shot to death.

David Kennedy, 24, Chicago Hyde Park, black, shot to death.

Jeffrey Daniels, black, 24, shot to death.

Ladarius Edwards, 23, black, Chicago, shot to death.

Jahakel Clark, 16, black, Marquette Park, Chicago, shot to death.

By the way, that's -- that's those who were killed in the month of November. Would you like me to give you the names —

PAT: I didn't hear Tavis mention any of them.

GLENN: Would you like me to give you the names for September because black lives matter?

There is no respect for black life in America anymore. You're right. And there's a growing condition that we don't respect any life anymore. In fact, we celebrate people who say, life is just too hard. I'm going to take my own life. We celebrate — we pay for people to take the lives of their babies because it's just going to be too hard to raise that baby. I want to live my life.

Black lives don't matter? No life matters anymore. But if you want to talk about black life, let's talk about — let's talk about how many white people have killed black people? How many black people have killed white people?

STU: And this is not, you know, to say that black people are bad. What it does say, is that there's not an epidemic of white people killing black people. 448 — this is 2011 according to the FBI, 448 whites were killed by blacks.

Approximate 193 blacks were killed by whites. That is 2.3 times more whites killed by blacks than the other way around despite the fact that there's six times as many whites in this country.

GLENN: Can we find out how many blacks killed blacks?

STU: We can. 193 blacks were killed by whites. 2,447 blacks were killed by blacks. 2,447 to 193.

GLENN: Give me again how many whites kill blacks and how many blacks kill blacks. How many whites killed blacks?

STU: 193.

GLENN: 193. Black people were killed by white people. 193 black people were killed by white people.

How many black people killed black people?

STU: 2,447.

GLENN: Is there an epidemic in America? Yeah, there's an epidemic in America, isn't there?

Nigell Vazquez. Twenty-two, black, Chicago. Shot to death.

Edward Davis, 23, black, Chicago, shot to death.

Martell Robinson, 20, shot to death.

In case you're keeping track at home. This is a whole new group of people.

Shaquille Holmes, 19 years old, black shot to death.

Decari Spivey, black, shot to death at 21.

54-year-old. He made it to 54. Malcolm Warnsby, 54.

Terry cook, 32 black shot to death.

Michael Wright, black 21, shot to death.

Michael Bloodson, 17, black, Chicago, shot to death.

Charles Labon, 28, black shot to death.

Tamica Riley, 37, black. Suffocation.

Christopher McGee, black, shot to death.

Kawantis Montgomery 19, black shot to death.

Devonshay Lofton, 17, black shot to death.

Kamaal Burton. 18, black, shot to death.

Dimitre Beck, 21, black stabbed to death.

Leon Austin, black stabbed to death.

Markise M. Darling, 19, shot to death.

Cortez river, black 16, shot to death.

Davontae Harrison, 21. Black shot to death.

Mondele Heard. 20 shot to death.

Arthur Hearn, 88, died from assault. Chicago.

Deandre Ellis black shot to death.

Malachi Baldwin, 27, black shot to death.

Leroyce Noel, 20 shot to death.

Stanley Macon Jr., 25, shot to death.

Camerion Blair, 16, shot to death.

Shandel Adams, 25, black shot to death.

Demureya Macon, 13, Chicago, shot to death.

PAT: What was that?

GLENN: That was September.

You want to talk about an epidemic? You want to talk about black lives not mattering?

Stu, how many white people killed black people last year?

STU: 2011, 448 whites were killed by blacks. 193 blacks were killed by whites.

GLENN: How many blacks killed blacks?

STU: 2,447.

GLENN: Those are the numbers.

America, I know that we're suffering from Common Core math, but those numbers — when you have to use a little arrow sign which is bigger — which is a greater number than the other, it's pretty damn clear even when you're using Common Core math.

STU: 91 percent of black people were killed by black people in this particular year. 91 percent.

GLENN: What do you say we actually talk about reconciliation? What do you say we stop listening to the clerics like Al Sharpton. The people who are just using their religion for their own power. What do you say we stop listening to the communists, the anarchists, or anybody else, that has an agenda other than saying all life matters. Why does black life only matter? Why does old life or 20-something or children's lives or American lives.

What do you say all lives matter, and we try to fix that. To do that, however, we'll have to start asking each other really honest questions: What the hell is going on in the inner cities. Where's Al Sharpton there inspect anybody who is honest would be there every weekend. Don't talk to me about — don't talk to me about something we agree on. The grand jury appears to be wrong in New York. Let's figure that one out and let's do that one together.

Continuation of the names:

GLENN: Just looking at the names of people that have -- the names of the people -- black lives matter, the names of the people killed on the streets of Chicago, just in the last couple of months.

James Watson, 61 years old, black, shot.

It amazes me how many people were shot in a town where guns are illegal.

Raymond Murray, 25, black, shot, South Shore, Chicago.

STU: Devin Pope, age 23, race: black, South Shore of Chicago. August.

GLENN: Tony MacIntosh, 20, black, shot, Chicago.

PAT: Denero Appleton, thirty-one, black shot, South Deering, Chicago.

Donald Williams, seventeen, black, shot, Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

GLENN: Hezekiah Harper-Bey, 20, black, shot, West Garfield Park, Chicago.

STU: Brian Davis, age 33, black, shooting, West Garfield Park, Chicago.

Jerome Harris, 17 years, black, shot, Morgan Park, Chicago.

GLENN: Unknown 21-year-old, black, shot, Gage Park, Chicago.

PAT: Erik Kall, 27, black, shot, Chicago lawn.

Darrien Jordan, 21 years old, black, shot. North Lawndale, Chicago.

GLENN: Remember, black lives matter.

JEFFY: Lafayette Walton, 16 years old, West Humboldt, Chicago.

Dakari Pargo, 19 years old, shot, West Englewood.

GLENN: Black lives matter.

STU: Martrell Ross, thirty-two years old, black, shot, River North.

Gabriel Stevens, 39 years old, black, shot, Auburn Gresham.

GLENN: Torrente G. Pickens, black, 37, shot, Chicago.

PAT: Ronald Holliman, 18 years old, black, shot, South Austin, Chicago.

Derrick Bowens, 27 years old, black, shot, Englewood, Chicago.

GLENN: Jackie Roberson. 22. Black. Shot. Chicago.

Billy Washington. 37. Black, shot, Chicago.

Larry Lee, 52, black, shot, Chicago.

Damani Chenier, 23, black, stabbed to death, Chicago.

Do black lives matter? Al Sharpton, do black lives matter? Mr. President, do black lives matter? Why are we marching in the streets? Black lives matter. Right?

Raddy Comer, 20, black, shot, Chicago.

Eddie Taylor, 22, black, shot, Chicago.

STU: Vincente Obregon, twenty-one years, black, shot, Marquette Park.

Darryl Allison, twenty-six, black, shot, Chicago.

Kashif Tillis, 29, black, shot, Chicago.

PAT: Alante Vallejo, 18 years old, black, shot, Rogers Park, Chicago.

Carnesha Fort, 22 years old, black, Chicago.

Brian Weekly, 18 years old, black, shot, Washington Park, Chicago.

Kennyone Pendleton, black, shot, Chicago.

GLENN: Black lives matter. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the media, anarchists, communists, Mr. President, black lives matter.

JEFFY: Jimero Starling, 19 years old, shot, Humboldt.

ShAmbreyh Barfield, 21 years old, black, shot, West Garfield Park.

STU: Jeremiah Shaw, 19, black, shot, Chicago.

Jabari Scurlock, 16 years, black, shot, Chicago.

Arnold Dearies is 26. Black, shot, Chicago.

GLENN: Alexander Smith, 25, black, shot, Chicago.

Rodney Wilson, 30, black, stabbed to death, Chicago.

Genorel Martin, black, shot to death, Chicago.

Travis Wright, 21, black, shot, Chicago.

PAT: Laquisha Hickman, 35, black, shot, Ashburn, Chicago.

Nykole Loving, 23 years old, black, Ashburn, Chicago.

Paris Brown, 21, black, shot, Grand Crossing, Chicago.

STU: Devonte Carthan, 17 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

Julio Perkins, 30 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

LaDarryl Walters, 23 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

GLENN: By the way, these are a four-month period. I'm only about halfway through my list.

Reginald Boston, forty-four, black, stabbed to death.

Stanley Bobo, 18, shot, Chicago.

Tepete Davis, black, 42, shot to death, Chicago.

Charles Wright, 39, shot to death, black, back of the yards, Chicago.

Denzell Franklin, 23, black, shot to death, Chicago.

Mr. President, black lives matter. If that's true. Let's stop the hype. Let's stop the propaganda and let's go where people are being shot to death.

PAT: Where there is really an epidemic.

JEFFY: Corey Hudson, 34 years old, black shot, West Englewood.

Robert Cotton, 35 years old, black, shot, West Englewood.

PAT: Brett Ewing, 26 years old, shooting, black.

Damian Williams, 22 years old, black, died of a shooting in Austin, part of Chicago.

Dewey Knox, 27, black, shot to death, Chicago.

Brandon Peterson, 17, died of shooting, black, East Garfield Park, Chicago.

GLENN: David Morgan, 36, black, part of Chicago, shot to death.

Marc Williams, 17, black, shot to death, South Chicago.

Bobby Moore, 25, black, South Chicago.

Darryl Owens Jr., black, 34, shot to death, Chatham.

STU: Walter Neely, shot, 25 years old, black, Chicago.

Shaquise Butler, 16 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

Amy Holmes-Sterling, 29 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

Karveon Glover, 16 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

PAT: Louis Winn, age 22, black, died of a stabbing in Washington Heights, Chicago.

Daniel Jones, 26 years old, black, shot, West Garfield Park, Chicago.

Damarcus Boswell, 18, black, Marquette Park, Chicago.

JEFFY: Shaquille Ross, 18 years old, black, shot, West Englewood, Chicago.

Donald Ray, 21 years old, black, shot, South Austin, Chicago.

Kezon Lamb, 20 years old, Chicago, shot.

GLENN: Oduro Yeboah, 22, black, shot, Uptown.

Owen Spears, 22, black, Humboldt Park, Chicago, shot to death.

Pierre Peters, 41, black, shot to death, South Austin, Chicago.

STU: Joel Wade, black, 20 years old, shot, Chicago.

Seadl Commings, 27 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

Dorval Jenkins, 19 years old, black, shot, Chicago.

PAT: 15-year-old Dekarlos Scott, black, Rosslyn Park, Chicago.

GLENN: Mr. President, may I ask a question, could any of these young men have been your son? Any of — any of these young men? Did they look like they could be your son?

Al Sharpton, is there any injustice happening here? Is there any epidemic going on here? Where are you, Al Sharpton? Why aren't you -- why aren't you encouraging people to burn down the convenience stores in Chicago? Why aren't people protesting in the streets of Chicago and turning over cars — not police cars, because this is mainly black-on-black crime in Chicago. No cops involved here. These are just kids killing kids with illegal guns.

You want to talk about oppression, you want to talk about slavery, slavery exists. It exists in the inner city where you're a slave to crime. You can't get your kids out because of the crime. You worry about your kids as they go out. Don't get shot in the front lawn. You don't even have to be doing anything wrong. Three years old, shot to death, front lawn. 14-year-old shot from inside the house even though the fighting was happening outside the house.

Where is the justice? Where is the peace? Where are the marches? Where are the civil rights activists? Where are people saying take control of your own damn life? Where is the president on this one? Why are we lumping people together and saying that — as Tavis Smiley did on Bill O'Reilly, giving five names and lumping the real, what appears to me, to be injustice in New York.

That is injustice.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

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Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?