‘In Chicago, It’s Parkland Every Week’: Lee Habeeb Says America’s Real Racism is the ‘Senseless Killing of Fatherless Black Boys’

Lee Habeeb, Vice President of Content at Salem Media Group and host of the radio show Our American Stories, says America’s real racism is the media’s seeming inability or unwillingness to address what he calls the senseless killing of fatherless black boys. 

Writing in Newsweek, Habeeb highlights the fact that most of the media glossed over the recent shooting sprees in Chicago (a violent phenomenon that has been going on for 4 years), brushing stories of young black men’s and women’s lives being ripped apart by bloodshed.

Haabeeb says:

In Chicago, it’s Parkland every week.

But the media hasn’t turned this frenzy of shootings into a round-the-clock marathon like they did with Parkland. Schools across America aren’t organizing mass protests on behalf of all the young black men and women shot and killed in the past two years in the Windy City.

He goes on chastise the news media for seemingly only caring about black men dying when the shooter is a police office.

You don’t know the names of the thousands of inner city men and women gunned down in Chicago because the media only seems to care about the death of black men when the person doing the killing is wearing a blue uniform.

Michael Brown. Terence Crutcher. Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. Tamir Rice. Americans know those names. They should.

But Americans know none of the thousands of innocent young black men and women killed by other black men in our nation’s third largest city—and across America. There’s a reason. A young black male’s life is not worth reporting when it is taken by another black male. That’s the real racism that prevails in America’s newsrooms. The marginalization of black urban life.

The real root of these problems, however, isn’t lack of proper gun control, Habeeb says. It’s fatherlessness.

That’s right. Fatherlessness.

About 20,000 people live in my hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, and there are probably as many guns. But I can’t remember the last murder spree in the local paper. That’s because my town has lots of guns, but lots of fathers, too.

Indeed, if one were to look at the locations in America where the most violent crime occurs, those places will likely include high rates of fatherlessness as a feature.

The fact is, Chicago has a gun problem because it has father problems. And gun control isn’t the remedy: self-control is. When boys don’t have fathers, they have no one to teach them how to channel their masculine impulses in positive ways.

Without fathers, young men seek out masculine love and acceptance wherever they can find it. Tragically, they find that acceptance and belonging in gangs.

Ask any teacher, probation officer, social worker or pastor and they’ll tell you that fathers matter. 

Can’t argue with that. Read Habeeb’s full article here.

–Joshua James