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Outrage: Honor student beaten to death in Chicago

posted at 7:23 am on September 29, 2009 by

We have all heard of the culture of victimization so prevalent in African American communities today, leading to Afro American youngsters who want to do well in school and make something of themselves being called “uncle Toms” and worse, but this is shocking nonetheless:

Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year.

The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year.

Prosecutors charged four teenagers Monday with fatally beating Albert, who was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob street fighting, authorities said.

Although America was indeed once a racist society, things have changed dramatically. Whites are no longer African Americans’ biggest problem: they themselves are.

If African Americans truly want to improve their collective lot in life they have to aggressively deal with gangs, the culture of victimization and self-destruction so prevalent in their communities today.

These days, real problem for minorities is not that they are oppressed by ‘a white elite’ but that they do not realize that society has changed and that all they need to do to move ahead in life is to take responsibility for their own behavior and their current status.

Albert’s death is a sign of what’s wrong in African American communities today – a problem for which solely they are to blame and a problem only they can fix.

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So true..blacks are their own worse enemies. Great post!

becki51758 on September 29, 2009 at 7:37 AM

Horrific barbarianism.

My prayers go out to Derrion Albert’s family.

Obviously, stringent 2×4 control laws will have to be enacted.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 29, 2009 at 7:42 AM

locomotive; agreed. those railroads are dangerous.

Michael van der Galien on September 29, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Not to nitpick, but the headline makes it seem like Chicago is honoring a student beaten to death, not that an Honor student was beaten to death.

Number 2 on September 29, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Community organizers aka rabble rousers don’t want honor students in their midst. They want/need an unending mass of poverty stricken clueless victims in order to maintain power. This isn’t even news. It’s business as usual

erp on September 29, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Chicago honors student beaten to death

You need to re-work that title. It makes it sound like the city is honoring the student.

Though from my understanding he was killed as he tried to help another student get out of the middle of the fight, so maybe it’s not a bad idea.

BadgerHawk on September 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM

You need to re-work that title.

BadgerHawk on September 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Agreed…I was stumped for longer than a moment on that one.

keebs on September 29, 2009 at 8:20 AM

This video is horrifying – that poor boy; his poor family…..I am stunned that these kids acted more like wild animals than humans. And all the people walking by his still body like he was nothing more than a pile of garbage. There is not sanctity of life anymore; even the ones that dragged him away, helping, seemed emotionally unfazed by his death.

Ris4victory on September 29, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Keebs et al: My apologies! Changed it. Better?

Michael van der Galien on September 29, 2009 at 8:29 AM

“Whites are no longer African Americans’ biggest problem: they themselves are.”

Oooh, you racist you!!!

“If African Americans truly want to improve their collective lot in life they have to aggressively deal with gangs, the culture of victimization and self-destruction so prevalent in their communities today.”

AAAK! You know you can’t say that! What the heck’s the matter witchoo, boy?

WWS on September 29, 2009 at 8:33 AM

I’d like to point out:
The student was beaten to death, not shot.
So, I say we hold a candlelight march to ban possession of 2 x 4′s.

(Seriously though, candlelight vigils seem to be the only response neighbors have to violent crime. These alone aren’t enough to reduce crime. They need to COOPERATE with the police, instead of keeping quiet to prevent “another brother” from going to prison.

Lothar on September 29, 2009 at 8:34 AM

It’s always “honor student” or “upstanding member of the community”.

Guess there are no gangbangers in Chicago or Detroit.

Aristotle on September 29, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Drudge has this picture captioned “Olympic Spirit”

I wonder if the International Olympic Committee wants to put their reputations on the line by calling the world to this city which will only get worse by the time Olympic festivities begin.

Train wreck.

jeff_from_mpls on September 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Much better title. Very sad situation in Chicago. Higher murder rate than Iraq and an almost total media blackout.

BadgerHawk on September 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Very sad situation in Chicago. Higher murder rate than Iraq and an almost total media blackout.

Yes, so why do you think there’s an “almost total media blackout”?

;)

Michael van der Galien on September 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

That looks like something you would see in the streets of somalia not here in america. But it is here and it will keep getting worse as long as we ignore the problem and not crack down on this gang behavor. No one deserves to be killed yet alone stomped to death by a group of young men acting like savages. What will it take for us to deal with this its not the guns or being poor it starts with the parents or the lack of them.

larry harris on September 29, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Def.

keebs on September 29, 2009 at 10:08 AM

It’s barely comprehensible how something like this can happen in the most free and prosperous country on Earth.

No doubt the Left will say that this horrendous act was caused by the marginalization of African Americans by “society” (i.e. you and I): whereas it was really caused by the marginalization of African Americans by the state.

Track-A-'Crat on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Horrifying. Until the African-American community stops serving the Liberal Left plantation masters and start embracing freedom – and voting for the candidates who REALLY care about the inner-city kids – this will continue.

The genocide of Blacks via abortion; the oppression of the poor by insisting that they are victims; the desire to enslave all by government-nanny-state: all the result of liberal Democrat (socialist) policies over the last 40+ years. You reap what you sow.

I agree, too, with Ris4victory “There is not sanctity of life anymore…” and larry harris “…it starts with the parents or the lack of them.” Both irrefutable results of liberal policies: families are not important (“it takes a village”) and life is not worth protecting (abortion-on-demand is a “right”). Shameful. Hideous. Evil.

DINORight on September 29, 2009 at 12:17 PM

If African Americans truly want to improve their collective lot in life

Impossible.

A tip for conservatives. If you want black people to act as individuals address them as such.

Theworldisnotenough on September 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I wonder if the International Olympic Committee wants to put their reputations on the line by calling the world to this city which will only get worse by the time Olympic festivities begin.

Train wreck.

jeff_from_mpls on September 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Daley will put the entire city on lockdown. He certainly won’t let them spoil his olympics…

Theworldisnotenough on September 29, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The genocide of Blacks via abortion; the oppression of the poor by insisting that they are victims; the desire to enslave all by government-nanny-state: all the result of liberal Democrat (socialist) policies over the last 40+ years. You reap what you sow.

I agree. Leftist policies have been disastrous for African Americans.

Michael van der Galien on September 29, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Welcome to the reality of inner city public schools.

These areas have had one party rule for decades and the teachers union has a lock on school power.

They promise “change” and all we get is decade after decade if this. Institutionalized failure seems like an understatement.

Of course one cannot serve two gods. The Democrats and the teachers union run the school for purpose of enriching the union and their contributions to Democrats. If they ran the school with kids and their education as the top priority REAL progress would have been made ages ago.

Chuck Norton on September 29, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Candlelight vigil, statement by priest, statement of outrage by local politician, then silence. Wait. Repeat as necessary. Meanwhile no one has the balls to address the root causes: single-parent families, drugs, a culture that denigrates hard work and personal responsibility.

ProfShade on September 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Bravo ProfShade,

“a culture that denigrates hard work and personal responsibility”

I have a prime example of this. This is the story of the Nigerian teacher who moved to America only to have her black students call her an “OREO” – LINK

Chuck Norton on September 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Chuck…that is an extremely sad story, and so telling. It is certain we are in extreme trouble as a nation if “white in the middle” means appreciating and adopting traditional values and morals. What’s the alternative, thuggery? Criminality? Lawlessness?

ProfShade on September 29, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Indeed very troubling and ProfShade is right on themoney with “a culture that denigrates hard work and personal responsibility.”

And for that, they solely have big government leftists to thank.

Michael van der Galien on September 29, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Sayyyyyyy, why don’t we invite the Olympics to Neverlan^Wobama^WChicago!

lsheldon on September 29, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Awesome idea Isheldon; that should finally give these troubled teenagers the “incentive” they need to, well, stop murdering those who actually try to improve their lives.

Michael van der Galien on September 29, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Why no link to the video?

I had to go elsewhere for that.

BlameAmericaLast on September 29, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Is this the Great Society LBJ was foisting on America?

bayview on September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

They killed him because they were poor.

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM

They killed him because the minimum wage is too low.

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 7:02 AM

They killed him because of George Bush

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 7:02 AM