The Chicago Tribune headline: 17-year-old activist Caleb Reed was shot to death by a friend who was aiming at a passing car in West Rogers Park, is no doubt shocking, as a headline is supposed to be. That the now dead Caleb Reed was “black” and so is the ‘friend’ who took his life is even more shocking and tragic. Reed is one of the latest in a long line of young ‘black’ men in America killed at the hands of; not ‘another’ police officer, as is the oft-repeated narrative-based refrain; but by another young ‘black’ man.
However, despite the facts on the ground; the oft-repeated and largely false narrative, that “black” males ought to be frightened each time they interact with the police in the U.S.; has recently been led by the super woke NBA and its super woke players.
Will Lebron James Speak up for Caleb Reed?
On August 24th, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, one of those woke players; NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted: “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This s*** is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”
In a post game interview the following day James expounded on his view; stating he believes firearms are “a huge issue in America,” because they are not only used for sport; but “For Black people right now, we think you’re hunting us,” he said.
Reacting to a bystander’s video of the shooting that was posted on social media; James claimed it shows why “we are scared as Black people in America. Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.”
“If you’re sitting here telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman or detain him before the firing of guns,” he said of the Blake shooting incident, “then you’re sitting here lying not only to me, but you’re lying to every African American, every Black person in the community,” he said.
James then asked: “Why does it always have to get to a point where we see the guns firing?”
“His family is there; his kids are there; it’s broad daylight,” he said. “My prayers go out to that family and that community, but I’ve got nothing nice to say about those cops at all.”
James recalled: “When I lived in the projects, when I seen a cop going, we hid behind a brick wall and waited for it to roll out. If we saw the cop’s lights go on, we ran, even if we didn’t do nothing wrong. We were just scared,” he said.
But LBJ’s statements, as off the mark as they were, perfectly encapsulate the thinking of the average NBA player and superstar. It’s why the Black Lives Matter agenda has been at the forefront of the Association since it resumed play in the ‘bubble’.
Will NBA & WNBA Players Say The Name of Caleb Reed As They’ve Done For Breonna Taylor?
NBA players as well as WNBA players, in the aftermath of Blake’s shooting; showed him near universal support, by telling their shrinking audience to “Say His Name” and by having Jacob Blake’s name emblazoned on their jerseys. They’ve also had Breonna Taylor’s name emblazoned on their jerseys. She was also shot by police. As well as George Floyd, whose shooting death by police has sparked this most recent spate of riots and “woke” activism.
Needless to say, it’s clear that whenever a “black” person is shot by a police officer or by someone of another race, (especially if that person happens to be ‘white’), NBA players will support the victim.
However, will the NBA players have anything to say about Caleb Reed. Does his “black” life matter to them? Does it even fit that talking point?
The Tragedy of Caleb Reed
The Chicago Tribune describes Reed as a “17-year-old activist with a bright future killed on a West Rogers Park sidewalk…” His killer, Genove Martin, 18, “kind of fired over his shoulder” at a Chevy Malibu about three houses down, but Reed was right behind him and the bullet hit him in the forehead, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said in court Tuesday.”
Tragic indeed. But I doubt very much the car Martin was shooting that was a cop car. So unlike LeBron James’ narrative blacks are largely being hunted aby other blacks, not by police.
And yes, the riposte to the devastating fact that an overwhelming number of blacks who are shot and killed in the United States is at the hands of other blacks, is: “But whites kill each other in high numbers too.”
How typical of liberal “blacks” to make a “black” issue about “whites”.
To cite a November 25, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal by Jason L. Riley “That’s true [That a high number of ‘whites’ are killed by other ‘whites’] but beside the point; given that the white crime rate is so much lower than the black rate.”
Riley argues that “Blacks commit violent crimes at 7 to 10 times the rate that whites do. The fact that their victims tend to be of the same race suggests that young black men in the ghetto live in danger of being shot by each other, not [by] cops.”
The article also debunks the theory that the above statistic is a “function of “over-policing” certain neighborhoods to juice black arrest rates.”
“Research has long shown” writes Riley; “that the rate at which blacks are arrested is nearly identical to the rate at which crime victims identify blacks as their assailants. The police are in these communities because that’s where the emergency calls originate; and they spend much of their time trying to stop residents of the same race from harming one another.”
Which brings us to another fallacy hypocritical “blacks” use when cornered with the question: “Why are there no cries of justice for black on black crimes?” To which this is their unashamed response: “Because the black murderers are arrested and face justice. The police are not.”
Thankfully the above-referenced WSJ article debunks that fallacy as well. As Riley writes: “Chicago had 507 murders in 2012, only 26% of which were solved. “To put it another way: About three-quarters of the people who killed someone in Chicago in 2012 have gotten away with murder—so far, at least,” Chicago Magazine noted.”
And while the killer of Caleb Reed has been arrested, it says nothing for the large number of unsolved murders in Chicago and other U.S. inner cities.
So the ball is in the NBA players’ court. Will they show solidarity with the family of Caleb Reed. Will they show support to this young “black” life needlessly taken. or will they prove the naysayers correct: that they’re a bunch of meatheads who simply do as their sponsors tell them, and have nothing of substance to say when a tragedy like this occurs outside the liberal narrative.
NBA players, the ball’s in your court.