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The Chicago Olympic Games From Start To Finish September 30, 2009

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At first, I refused to join the debate on whether Chicago should have the 2016 Olympics, then the more I thought about it and the more I watched the violence in the city rise, the more my opinion against having the games grew into outward opposition. Chicago has always been the “second city”, a less popular sister than her big sister New York. Bone chilling cold winters characterized by muffled laughs and “the hawk”, blood oozing from cracked skulls onto the pavement and relentless Cubs fans make Chicago one tough old broad.

As a native of the city, I am naturally impressed by Chicago’s recent surge in popularity.

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New York rarely takes a backseat for anyone but thanks to the election of Barack Obama, a Chicagoan, the city has benefited from being the most mentioned in the news. While not an Obama supporter, I did find it fitting that Chicago produced our first African American president. As the nation’s “Black Metropolis” she definitely deserved that accolade. However, I am troubled by what this all means for black Chicago should the 2016 Olympic games happen.

Today as President Obama makes his way to Copenhagen, in a last ditch effort to pitch the Chicago games, there is a lingering faint smell of blood and death in the air.

A boy, an honor student, was beaten to death in the fair city. You may have seen the video tape of the murderous act floating around on the mainstream news circuits.

I refuse to link to it, as I feel tremendously sorry for the victim’s family.

Having your child beaten to death with a two by four is horrific enough without seeing a tape of it played over and over and over again on the 11 o’clock news for the world to see and make fodder of. I will show a news tape of the event, in case you are not familiar with the situation.

chicagoolympics2016From the Chicago Sun-Times:

FENGER HIGH | ‘You kids know who they are’: Top cop seeks 3 more seen in video of fatal beating

September 30, 2009
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO

The “four most egregious offenders” have now been charged in the videotaped fatal beating of Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert, Chicago’s top cop said Tuesday.

But even as 17-year-old Eugene Bailey was ordered held without bail Tuesday, police Supt. Jody Weis pleaded for the public’s help in identifying three more people seen in an amateur video that has shocked viewers around the globe.

“Almost all of the offenders in this case were students, or were former students from [Fenger],” Weis told reporters at police headquarters Tuesday. “You kids know who they are. Please call in. You’ve got three people who probably need to be arrested because they had contact and struck Derrion.”

Weis said his department is seeking help from the U.S. Secret Service to “enhance” the video to better identify faces.

Mayor Daley, in Copenhagen making a final push to sell Chicago as the best city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, told reporters, “We’re appealing to a number of people to come forward with the names of the other offenders.”

Earlier Tuesday, a Cook County judge ordered Bailey, of the 10500 block of South La Salle, held without bail for his alleged role in the Sept. 24 beating. Bailey is charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Derrion, 16, was merely a bystander when he was caught in the middle of a brawl that involved youths wielding wooden boards in the 300 block of West 111th Street. Prosecutors said Bailey punched Derrion, knocking him to the ground. Silvonus Shannon, 19; Eric Carson, 16, and Eugene Riley, 18, are also charged with first-degree murder in the beating, and the three appeared Monday in court, where they were all held without bail.

Weis said that his department also plans to investigate a complaint that the first police officers arriving at the scene of the beating didn’t intervene in the brawl.

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Image from the Chicago Reader newspaper

Where are the words of hope and change President Obama?

Yes you can fly to Copenhagen with Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley to pitch for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Yes you can speak out during a national press conference on the alleged shoddy racist treatment received by Professor Henry Louis Gates from the Cambridge Police Department.

Yes you can give props to the Chicago White Sox and put down Republicans like Michale Steele during fancy $700 a plate dinners…But where is the outrage over what is happening in the great city that you community organized?

For many of the residents in Chicago your presidency is not translating into real change they can believe in. Who can they pray to? Who will they light a candle for at the alter?

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19 Responses to “The Chicago Olympic Games From Start To Finish”

  1. manbearpig68 Says:

    It’s not only the one life lost but all the KIDS that are going to jail might as well be considered lost as well. As I’ve said before, “Community Organizer” is a farce and the so called “Democrats” in Chicago and that come from Chicago are the furthest thing from caring about people.

    The only real community organizers out there are some of the ministers and such and most of them know better than to trust the Democrats of Chicago and Obama.

    The Democrats in Chicago are fine with Blacks staying where they are at and if they kill each other every once in a while thats Ok as long as it lays low in the press. Dems will make there way into the neighborhoods every once in a while, make some promises, throw a little money around and see you before the next election.

    Remember the Democrats are out there helping the people and fighting against all that is bad in the world.

  2. AfricanAgainstO Says:

    AC – who is the representative of this part of Chicago? Where are they, what have they done before this incident as this is not the first time it happened, how long has the Dems been entrenched in this area and have nothing to show for … very sad. This is a tragedy. Looks like the kid did everything right so he could have a better life. I ache for his family. Where is our humanity when teens can beat another on to death in front of a crowd! They don’t even hide anymore to commit a crime – brazen.

  3. This is a tragedy and you can bet nothing will be said about it from the Talker in Chief.

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  5. mainenowandthen Says:

    Hosting the Olympics has never been a money-maker for the host city as a whole, but you can be certain that there will be a lot of money made by a favored few. The President is taking this trip to show his intent to pay back the powers-that-be in Chicago for their support for his campaign. As usual, the American taxpayer is going to be the one who pays the bill for this extravaganza – and this during a recession.

    The brutal murder of a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time turns the stomach, but as a society we have been incubating this type of behavior for a long time. And it is not limited to large urban areas, nor restricted to any particular ethnic group. Our young people have not only been desensitized to violence, but have come to idolize it to some extent, thanks to mass media and some “entertainment” outlets.

    We do indeed have a serious issue with moral decay here in America.

  6. Hosting the Olympics has never been a money-maker for the host city as a whole, but you can be certain that there will be a lot of money made by a favored few. The President is taking this trip to show his intent to pay back the powers-that-be in Chicago for their support for his campaign. As usual, the American taxpayer is going to be the one who pays the bill for this extravaganza – and this during a recession.

    The brutal murder of a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time turns the stomach, but as a society we have been incubating this type of behavior for a long time. And it is not limited to large urban areas, nor restricted to any particular ethnic group. Our young people have not only been desensitized to violence, but have come to idolize it to some extent, thanks to mass media and some “entertainment” outlets.

    We do indeed have a serious issue with moral decay here in America.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  7. This is just plain sick IMO. What sort of ethical standards do the stations that played the tape have?

    Beyond that? How on earth can Chi Town hold the Olympics? The games involve guns after all, and a case about that is heading to the SCOTUS.

    Face it folks, when 2×4’s are outlawed, only outlaws will have 2×4’s! Maybe then, Chicago will be “safe” enough to host the Olympics…

  8. Derrion Albert was a genuine hero. I’m so sad for his family. What a brave and honorable act, standing up for another kid in trouble. God bless his soul.

  9. Madrigal Says:

    I’ve read about the description of the beating on other blogs but so far I’ve avoided watching the actual footage (thanks for not posting it AC). Really, I don’t think I could handle watching it.

    RE: your quote asking Obama,
    “But where is the outrage over what is happening in the great city that you community organized?”

    There is NO outrage (unless scripted on a teleprompter written by young white fresh-out-of-college kids & social engineering professionals) because Obama doesn’t care about anyone except himself.

    I feel like he basically uses everyone around him has props. He used the religious leaders & community advocates that way. He uses his family that way. He uses blacks that way. He He uses Democrats that way. He uses Republicans that way (remember his fond reflections of Reagan?). But does he really care about the black community or Chicago citizens or Americans or Democrats? No, only unless they benefit him in some way.

    The guy has one goal: going up the ladder as high as it will reach towards meglomania. We are all just tools to him.

    The Olympic games is a vehicle for Chicago AND a vehicle for Obama. He is still very popular outside the US & you better believe that guy is going to milk the “I am the universal and international god of the world presiding over the Olympics” marketing & theatrics. The guy definitely has a king zeus obsession and this is his ultimate chance to take his international thrown of popularity, control, & power. All hail O mighty narcisist!

  10. stopthepresses2 Says:

    For those that don’t believe this is a normal occurrence at Chicago public School’s dismissals, go here http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2009/09/beating-death-on-tape.html Read how the Police must have 4 and 5 squad cars sitting outside of these schools at dismissal time to try to prevent chaos and mayhem. Ask yourself, would you send your children to theses schools? We know the President won’t and yet, he keeps others locked in these dangerous failing schools. Bush was right when he pinned “The soft bigotry of low expectations” on the left.

  11. Chicago is O.U.T. And on the first round.

    Maybe Obama should rethink what he considers worthy of his full-time attention.

  12. Dan Ortiz Says:

    Chicago got thrown under the bus.

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  15. leslie Says:

    I just read the comment by Madrigal that Obama uses everyone around him as props. And that may be true.
    My own opinion is that Obama is the main prop. he is used by people we can only guess. And his use of others is so that he remains “golden” to the people who own him.

    This is why he takes the positions he does. This is why he has nothing to say unless it is scripted. This is why, when he speaks off the prompter, he sounds “dumber than a box of hair”. imho

    I also thank you for not posting the video of the beating. I, too, have not watched it and do not intend to. This death of the children in Chicago has become simply overwhelming.

  16. angelina03 Says:

    Danes explain why Obama failed
    It comes down to respect.

    President Obama showed none.

    And in the end, the Olympics committee returned the favor by humiliating the president of the United States, according to stories in the Berlingske Tidende newspaper in Copenhagen. The Google translations are a tad rough, but serviceable.

    The front page headline read: “Rio vandt — Obama tabte” or “Rio won — Obama lost.”

    That story began: “The world’s most powerful man traveled to Copenhagen to ensure the Olympics to Chicago in 2016. But sensational smoke Americans out in the first round, while the IOC members did hosting the Rio de Janeiro.”

    Kai Holm, a former Olympics committee member, told the newspaper (translated): “The fact that Barack Obama came, could not do it. I think we lacked emotion, it seemed too empty and business-like. So when Tony Blair promoted London he was around three days to lobby and talk to people. You can not just come with the train one day and try to affect everything. People have felt that it was a lack of respect for the Olympics and sport in general. I think people felt it was too business-like to get into the way we have now seen it many times, and you would have feelings back.”

    Hans Bonde, professor of sport history at the University of Copenhagen, told the newspaper: “Here come the more favor Obama just before the deadline and made showoff. He clearly won the battle in the media, but it turned out indeed to be indifferent. IOC members did not feel important, and they were indeed reduced to spectators and not players. So if he had come, he would have had time for a personal lubricant.”

    OK, that last word likely is a poor substitute for what the guy said. (UPDATE: A reader said buttering up is likely what is meant.)

    Obama was the first president to make such a plea. But Obama showed dumb diplomacy. He was ill-prepared and his staff failed to lay the foundation for his appearance. He came off as an ugly American who knew nothing about the territory and who felt the world somehow owed him something.

  17. afrocity Says:

    Wow. Thanks for this Angelina. Karl Rove said it was all about Obama and not about America.

    • Janis Says:

      It’s worked for him so far — making everything All About Him got him the presidency. Thanks to the stupidity of legions of voters who wanted in on the next hot trend, he’s been taught that making everything all about him is the best thing he can do. He deserved to have it proven to him that that wasn’t the case.

  18. jenniforhillary Says:

    I went to law school in chicago, and interned in juvenile court system while others took the money. The south side of chicago is a pit of hell for children and if the justice system was truly that the best team of attorneys would have already litigated a class action against the government (both local and federal) for failing to provide a safe and decent environment for children (or for allowing children to live–if you can call it that) in conditions that would violate the Geneva Peace Treaty’s standards for care of captured soldiers).

    We do not need to look outside of America for heart wrenching violations of all that is decent, we simply need to open our eyes.


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