Time for You to Address Violence in Black Communities, Mr. Obama

Posted: Feb 03, 2013 12:01 AM

Dear Mr. Obama,

This week Hadiya Pendleton was shot and murdered in Chicago just days after performing with high school marching band at your second inauguration.

She was a majorette in addition to playing volleyball and being an honor student at King College Prep High School.

My plea to you is you attend her funeral.

My plea is that after the funeral you address the entire nation in prime time and discuss an epidemic that's eroding our nation and destroying millions of dreams.

That is the real epidemic of violence in black communities

There is no better example than your hometown of Chicago or Chi-Raq as many locals have begun to call it.

It is time to stop using the false pretense that you would be labeled "the Black President" for showing true love and caring for black people.

Take Shirley Chambers with you to the funeral for she is well-practiced in the sorrow of grieving.

Last Saturday she lost her youngest son to violence he was the last of her four children alive- all have been murdered over the past dozen years including her 15-year old daughter.

My plea to you is that you are honest about what's happening and not afraid to be honest about where to pin the blame because we need real solutions.

If you commit to this with all your heart and soul maybe we could get a real change and mothers in black neighborhoods will not have to hope their children come home alive from school or a local concert.

During your inauguration you quoted a King and his belief that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

If that's true then it’s more so true of Americans and American lives.

It’s time to forget about being politically correct and do the right thing.

My plea to you is to deliver to the people that believe most in you more than flowery words and economic assistance.

We can't be free if we are killing each other.