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The Chicago Violence Has Finally Hit Our Family

The Chicago Violence Has Finally Hit Our Family

For decades, I have rallied against the Democrats in City Hall who have presided over institutional racism that has kept minority people segregated, unemployed, poorly educated, living in slum conditions in extremely unsafe communities.  I have been involved in inner-city issues for more than 50 years. And the only difference I see in those segregated communities is that they are a lot less safe today.

The systemic racism benefits members of the Democrat political machines – regardless if they are black or white.  Those living in the segregated communities have had black and Hispanic leaders – ward bosses, aldermen, state representatives, state senators and congressmen — for generations.  In Chicago, they have had three black mayors, two black United States Senators and a President of the United States who rose from the Chicago Democrat political machine.

Why has nothing changed?  It is quite simple.  The black and Hispanic politicians gained power, prestige and profit from the same institutional racism as the white leaders.  The Machine politicians well understand that if they allow those isolated in the segregated communities to integrate and assimilate – as is the natural American process of E Pluribus Unum – they will lose power, prestige and profit.

The “our family” in the headline does not refer to me or mine.  Rather it is a line from the posting of a Facebook friend.  I will not reveal his name for obvious reasons. But I will reveal that he is a black grandfather with a wonderful family.  He is a Democrat activist – although he is not above criticizing Democrats when he sees fit — as you will soon see.  I have never met the man, but we do share more than a typical Facebook friend relationship.  I hope to have dinner with him when I next get to Chicago.

So I devote this commentary to his story because it is anecdotal BUT representative of the vicissitudes of life in the inner city.  Rather than re-state his story, I will let him speak in his own words.

“Ok, I wasn’t gonna share this, but I changed my mind.

The CHICAGO VIOLENCE has finally hit our family.

This weekend a family member was in town to finalize her move out of Chicago. While traveling to visit a close friend, she made the mistake of traveling down Western Ave between Garfield Blvd and 74th, where this incident happened.

There was one of those COMMON MID DAY SHOOTINGS ON WESTERN AVE and the car that got shot up (3 victims, 2 people shot, one dead) lost control and rammed into our family member.

WE THANK GOD SHE WASN’T SHOT OR INJURED FROM THE CRASH, but her beautiful damn near new vehicle was totaled and her nerves were shot.

That was confirmation that her choice of relocation was right, and the process is now in high gear!

What has happened since is that the majority of the rest of US have decided that remaining here just ain’t worth it anymore.

And a City Administration that is as impotent and inept as can be.





So today I’ll help that family member continue the finalization of her move and this just may start my move.”

Over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, 88 people were shot and 16 killed – including a 6-year-old girl. 

Most of the victims of this violence in Chicago were black and Hispanic.  Hundreds of minorities residing in segregated communities in our major cities were also killed on a weekend celebrating American independence and freedom.

My heart breaks for my friend. He has been a loving parent and grandparent. And it shows when you get to know, even through Facebook, such a beautiful family. He should be basking in an environment of satisfaction, pride and happiness.  And to some extent he is.  But he, his family and his loved ones are always perilously close to personal tragedy not of their making.  That is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Ben

    Obviously, we need more guns

    • Dan Tyree

      We don’t have a gun problem. We have a hood rat problem Most of the shootings in Shitcago are committed by people not legally allowed to have guns. And the Illinois government could put a huuuuge dent in the killings. But commiecrats want shootings so that they can push their commie gun laws.

      • Ben

        Dan, are you calling Larry’s friend a hood rat?
        If guns aren’t the problem, more guns are the answer! I believe you said in another article that police aren’t a deterrent to crime but citizens with guns are. Problem solved.

        • Dan Tyree

          No Ben. I didn’t say that police aren’t deterrence to crime. But I will say that I’m alive and well today because of my legality carried pistol some years ago. Two hood rats decided to not bring a knife to a gun fight. And notice that I didn’t say if they were blacks or not. They can be either/or. They ran away like the chicken shits that they were and nobody was hurt

      • I'm Here

        Agreed. These are all “manufactured” crisis so the Demokrats have something to exploit. It’s the only way they can get anyone to go along with their incompetence. People need to stop believing the B.S.

  2. StLouisSteve

    Several years ago, I challenged Black Lives Matter and said if black lives really matter, the BLM should go to Chicago and work to reduce the horrific loss of black lives. Have we seen anything from BLM? Of course not – it seems the only black lives that matter are those lost to a white cop.
    Stop funding BLM; they are a communist front.

  3. Ben

    For all the accusations of liberal progressive Democrats being racist, I have NEVER, EVER seen a poster on a Democratic or liberal blog proudly proclaim “white power”. It wasn’t too long ago another one of your readers repeatedly used the N word. I’m sensing a pattern with you readers. Perhaps there’s more to the Chicago thing than Democrats are racist and they are the reason their citizens are struggling.

  4. Good Luck

    Stop voting for Democrats .Lightfoot is not helping you .