If you’re a Chicago police officer, know that your city has repeatedly failed you and doesn’t think you’re capable of doing your job in the manner that people who have no idea what it’s like to be a cop see fit.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin said last Thursday that Chicago is facing a “quiet genocide,” and Boykin is now suggesting that the United Nations (U.N.) send in peacekeepers to deal with the gun violence.
“I’m hoping to appeal to the U.N. to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts,” Boykin said, “because I think it’s so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe.”
Those “neighborhoods” that Boykin talked about haven’t been safe since way before I was born in the early 1980s in a Northern Chicago suburb. All of a sudden it’s become a problem? Or is there something else behind Boykin’s call for the U.N. to step in?
Take a look at more of what Boykin said, and judge accordingly:
There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American. So we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does. They’re a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.
“Killed by gun violence?” A gun can only be “violent” if someone uses it. A gun can't kill anyone on its own. Maybe if those in Chicago actually allowed the police force to their jobs without fear of being fired for somehow being racist, maybe the problem would be subdued. The problem will never completely go away — because of human nature — but it can be helped if the powers-that-be in the Windy City quit handcuffing their police officers.
What good will the U.N. Peacekeepers do? Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never heard of a situation in where the peacekeepers went into an area and fixed the problem.
In fact, the Guardian published an article in 2015 asking the question, “What’s the point of peacekeepers when they don’t keep the peace?” The article lists multiple different countries that the peacekeepers have gone into with net-negative results, including Rwanda, Bosnia, Haiti and Congo.
What would they do that an enabled police force couldn’t do? Bringing in the U.N. in this situation is like the European Union (EU) saying that they’re going to try and fix the problem of violence from refugees in EU countries. It’s all talk.