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As Obama Seeks $3.7B to Solve Border Crisis, Chicago Residents Beg Him For Help

Chicago-Activists-outside-CPD-750x400As President Obama presses Congress for nearly $4 billion to aid the humanitarian crisis caused by tens of thousands of children flooding into the U.S. to escape gang violence in Central America, angry Black activists in Chicago called on the president to give equal  attention to their city, where African-American communities have been subsumed by gang violence in recent years.

To highlight their displeasure with Obama, protesters held a rally on Friday in front of  Chicago police headquarters. The protest was covered by a site Rebel Pundit, which also posted YouTube video of Chicago residents blasting Obama, who has spent much of his adult life in the city.

“Barack will go down as the worth president ever elected,” one protester said. “President Barack needs to pay attention to Chicago. If he cannot pay attention to Chicago and the African-American community, he needs to resign.”

The Rebel Pundit story pointed out that there have been 120 people shot and at least 26 killed in Chicago just in July. The protest was prompted by the recent shooting of Jasmine Curry, a pregnant mother of five, killed on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway.

In an appearance on Fox News, Rev. Jesse Jackson also questioned Obama’s priorities, though he stopped short of accusing the president of neglect.

“I think getting support to those children in a humanitarian crisis is moral and the right thing to do,” Jackson said. “Those resources are very important. But there’s also a crisis in Chicago. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and. We cannot turn our backs on those children. To me, we need a comprehensive plan here at home as well. I don’t think it’s time to slam anybody. We cannot turn our backs on the children at the border.”

Though the White House hasn’t responded to the Chicago protesters, Obama supporters would likely point to initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper, which is intended to uplift African-American males, to show that he is thinking deeply about the plight of urban youth. They might also point out the millions of dollars he has invested in urban communities around the country trying to replicate educator Geoffrey Canada’s comprehensive reform program, the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York.

But if you’re comparing the scale of initiatives, the $200 million – $300 million slated for My Brother’s Keeper, and the millions for the HCZ projects pale in comparison to the $3.7 billion the president is seeking to stem the flood of children trying to escape violence in their Central American home.

However, it should be pointed out that Republicans in Congress thus far have balked at the size of the president’s request.

It is ironic that the attacks on Obama come from residents in his hometown Chicago, where he has enjoyed overwhelming support. The president is unlikely to make any moves in Chicago that will reflect badly on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff—but the city’s residents long ago gave up any hope that Emanuel will solve their problems.

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25 thoughts on “As Obama Seeks $3.7B to Solve Border Crisis, Chicago Residents Beg Him For Help

  1. It is just as much the fault of 238 years of politics as it is Obama's. What can he really do?
    -Reduce guns? yea right
    -Fund police? People already accuse him of a communist federal army.

    Half the country would rather see him fail than actually help one single human. And the two halves switch every 8 years 🙁

  2. Darryl Berry says:

    Do what President Obama is doing! Raise your kids right and stay involved in your kids lives!

  3. DC Price says:

    This article and it's byline is divisive and exactly part of the conspiracy plan laid out by the Republicians. First of all it's old news because the request the POTUS made was categorically rejected. This whole immigrant children crisis was setup to do a few things all leading to the POTUS not being the POTUS. Ask yourself what mother would send her 6 yr. Old alone into the night without her protection? Now all of a sudden these children show up and Rick Perry puts pressure in tge POTUS to do something. Now the POTUS comes to Dallas and assures Perry he will secure funding for the shelters Perry havs already setup and promised. Perry pushes the POTUS to accompany him to the border. The POTUS is too smart for that. He declines. Perry goes to the border alone and pissed. The POTUS request funds and all of a sudden the Chicago folks feel like they are being overlooked? Where were these same people when their communities were going to hell five years ago? Now, there is mumur of impeachment and these good African Americans want to support that…REALLY? Perry could not get the POTUS to the border to have him conveniently shot yo death so he and his cohorts have planted these folks in Chicago to start some mess. It's a circus and if you take your eyes off of ring #1 you are gonna miss the trick.

  4. Farntella Graham says:

    I wish Black people would stop saying bill clinton was the first Aa president. what the hell did bill clinton do for the Black community to earn that distinction? he sold the american people out just like every president since JFK.

  5. I am glad to see the people rising up, to voice our dissatifaction with the way Obama has been neglecting black people's problems in the black community. Chicago his home town, and the same problems all over the country. Obama can release thousands of black men from prison today if he drop his appeal not to let them out. Famlies members of those inmates who could be released today, should hook up with the GOPS, and join with them, calling for his impeachment. Obama says he is not the president of just blacks, but what has he done for blacks, directly effecting us like he has other groups? Just what is his problem with black people? My brothers keeper, what is happening with that? Has the money been allocated? I have taken the opinion he is not even the president.

  6. People we need to get with the program. The issue with these children crashing the border, and are able to come on in, to me is a political stunt. Remember the republican Jew, Eric Cantor, that lost by an upset last month, and how it meant an end to immigrants coming into the US, and it did. No republicans will be voting for immigrants to come into the country, and what better way to ease them in, they force their kids in. I believe they were told to do it by some who want them to come in, who is closely tied to Obama. A good question to ask, why Obama want them in so badly? We can easily figure that one out. I little hint, Eric Cantor, a Jew, he was kind of soft on immigrants coming in. Tea Party, hates immigrants coming.

  7. TaMonica Mookie Wright says:

    These issues did not start 6 years ago, nor will they end in the next 2. My question is where was this call for help 6,10, 20 years ago?! We are the only self-hating community of people. They have lost hope in their Mayor?! But instead of protesting his impeachment or lack of ability to do for his city, you would rather make digs at the POTUS?! Take responsibility for your families, when you see wrong in you community call it out! And instead of waiting on someone else, do something about it

  8. Anthony Norman says:

    Ain't that the truth! Folks act as if the president can act unilaterally on everything and not have to go through congress. He's the president, NOT Jesus!

    Unless a African American is speaking out loud complaining about the first black president then it is like Christmas Eve in the black community whereas….

    “all throughout the house, no creatures were stirring, not even a mouse. The black folks cowered on the plantation with despair hoping soon that the white people will be there.”

    By and by someone told the African Americans that reading books is the way to freedom, prosperity, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but the African Americans replied from their actions that…

    .”If waiting for the white people to come is wrong then I don’t want to be right because ain’t no book gonna save me!”

    …And so the white people came

    White people came and joined the African Americans in their civil rights struggle. White people did not have to support the African American struggle but they had respect for blacks that had the courage to stand up for the ideals, symbolism and dignity of the Red, Green and Black flag.

    White people came to Africa to help with the black struggle. White people came into the inner city neighborhoods and schools to help teach African American children.

    The white people came and built housing to keep African Americans in their communities. The white people came and built banks so that African Americans can save money ………. but the African Americans will have none of it.

    Instead of civil rights, schools, Affordable housing, bank loans and libraries African Americans want President Obama to find or create for them a job or opportunity. African Americans want unlimited unemployment extensions and affordable housing only in white areas.

    African Americans want banks to make it easy and affordable through no interest charity loans to be able to shop in the white areas and eat in white restaurants.

    African Americas protest and keep their children out of African American schools because they want to raise and educate their children alongside white people’s children.

    It is not enough that the white people came into the African American inner city neighborhoods and areas bringing with them the avenues of opportunity for African Americans to do for self.

    Doing for self means supporting their own black businesses and reading how to books. African Americans treat reading books like weapons of mass destruction and supporting black business is a waste of time because African Americans don’t read enough to know the infinite benefits of supporting their own enterprises.

    …so the African Americans wait for the white people to come again.

    The white people came again but this time they showed up with high powered rifles to shoot and kill any black person trying to escape uptown during the Katrina hurricane.

    The white people came on cruise ships to Haiti during the earthquake to swim, have sex, sip wine, eat caviar and drink champagne from their lavish cruise ships as they watched, pointed and rejoiced at the black dead bodies laying crushed, decapitated, mangled and twisted in the streets of Haiti.

    The white people came back into the inner city neighborhoods and areas to shut down your schools, cut off your welfare and suspend private funding. The white people came and left taking with them their magnanimous gestures of African American opportunities and on the way out they let the Spanish players in.

    … and the Spanish players don’t take prisoners.

    The Spanish players as of this writing have the African Americans surrounded and engulfed as they cut off and deplete the African Americans residual resources of land, food and water.

    The African Americans sit idly by on the 21st century plantation watching their own destruction, demise, elimination, defeat and extinction hoping in their hearts that it will only happen to the other African American family and not them.

    When African Americans are asked about their condition and as long as African Americans refuse to open up and read a book then..….

    …It is all Barack Obama’s fault.

  10. President Obama is the President of all these United States not just Chicago and Illinois. He is President of the racists, bigots, and extremists also. The President Obama is part of a global agenda. I agree that a lot of work has to be done in Chicago to stem the violence and feed the poor, but Obama is just the President, not "King Obama" like the Republicans would have you believe. Problems in these United States were here long before President Obama was elected and they will still be here long after he is gone. President does not have "a Silver Bullet solution" to solve all the problems for all the people, especially, when Republican Speaker Boehner wants to contribute to making the black man the "worse President" ever. Making the Black man, "the worse President ever," plays right into the Republican narrative. What did former President Bush do for this country?

  11. Jahmal Binns says:

    Well said.

  12. Samuel Hill Jr. says:

    Enoch Mubarak, why don't you concern yourself with trying to find those Girls that were kidnapped than trying to give advice to Citizens of a Country you really know nothing about!

  13. Samuel Hill Jr. ..Just out of curiosity exactly what advice did I give because what I wrote is called a… ..treatise?

  14. Samuel Hill Jr. says:

    D.C. Price, I have been thinking the same thing! It is said they paid those traffickers Thousands of dollars to bring them to the US border! Where did they get the money if they are such POOR children? The C.I. A. Comes to mind an the Kochs brothers an other well to do people. They need to be asked where they got the money to take such a risky venture! An why CHILDRENS?

  15. Samuel Hill Jr. says:

    Your not worthy of a response……..

  16. Samuel Hill Jr. Actually that will be…"you're" and not…"your"…….GRADE F.

  17. Samuel Hill Jr. says:

    Some people think you're stupid, you open you're mouth an remove all dought!

  18. Samuel Hill Jr. Actually that will be…"doubt" and not…"dought"…….GRADE F. Try again.

  19. Max Watson says:

    What have Blacks done for themselves? We old folks marched and died during the Civil Rights Struggle to provide this generation with the "opportunity" to become successful. What have you" done? You don't even finish High School. The girls are pregnant in their Teens and "never" have a Husband. You live in some dream world where you get a job paying $100 Thousand a year with little work and no Education. Get up off your sorry ass and learn a marketable skill. Obama is not your Daddy and the American Tax Payer is not your Mammy! You are a disgrace to your race!

  20. Max Watson Yade yade. If you do not understand white supremacy, everything else you spinn about, will only confuse you. You appear to stand stong on those opinions, and admant at that, aren't you? I would rather not hear, or read. You all, civil rights intergrationist, did noting but destroyed black people's progress, in this country. What are you talking about?

  21. Hercules BigBubb Martin III says:

    I guess it's the President's fault that some of today's black youth are striving to be thugs and goons than law abiding productive members of society.

  22. Hercules BigBubb Martin III says:

    Right! Some Black folks have it twisted. Seriously. Look at the legislation that was passed during the Clinton Administration. The only people that would state that President Clinton was the first Black President, are low information or misinformed voters. Stop watching B.E.T. research your political candidates.

  23. Farntella Graham says:

    president obama represents the special interest in america. he does not represent the grass roots masses. he lied on practically every aspect of national and international policy. his health care law was passed for insurance companies. my entire career of >25 years consisted of my paying premiums to an insurance company. I am healthy, they did not have to spend much money on my health care. all that free money given to them? for what? that money was suppose to go to my family not to the insurance company.

  24. Bev Turner says:

    What did Bill Clinton do for Chicago exactly?, and the worse Predident?, I don't think so!

  25. Bev Turner says:

    What did Bill Clinton do for Chicago exactly?, and the worse Predident?, I don't think so!

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