Hadiya Pendleton, the young girl who looks like everyone’s little sister, niece and friend was gunned down this past Tuesday. According to family members and friends, she wasn’t apart of a gang, nor were the friends she was with at the time of the shooting. As a matter of fact she spoke against gang violence in a 2008 PSA. This murder cannot be chalked up to “another gang-related shooting”. Therefore, how will our President respond? Will he be just as compassionate, emotional and speak out against the senseless violence that takes place in the very city he resides in as he was with the recent Newtown shooting? I am in no way comparing one loss to another, but I firmly believe that the community, family members, friends and world desire a direct response and proactive solution from the POTUS versus a White House spokesman. According to the Los Angeles Times an official petition is being circulated requesting the presence of the Obama family at Hadiya’s funeral. How will he respond?
According to the Chicago Tribune, the murder of 15-year-old Hadiya was the 42nd homicide in the city Chicago this year. On January 19, 2013 The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, during Part 2 of his 52-week series “The Time and What Must Be Done”, spoke out about the gun violence here in America stating, “The guns in America are destroying our peace and we have become the ‘No. 1’ arms merchant to the world! We have more money spent on making weapons of war than the next three, four or five nations combined! We are not spending money on “Education” and “The Cultivation of The People” like we are spending for weapons of war…”.
Minister Farrakhan also made a very powerful appeal to President Obama with the following words:
“Do you know what it would mean my dear Brother President if you came into Chicago in the ‘hood and met with those parents who have lost their children and then got in your bully pulpit and preached to us in a way not talking down to us, but talking to us as one who truly is compassionate for what America has done to us and what we are now doing to ourselves?”
How will our beloved President respond as the violence in Chicago, as well as in other parts of America, increases?
— Ebony S. Muhammad