Chicago Warzone Update: Farrakhan to the rescue? Also, 6 more wounded

Reverend Al and Jesse Jackson, step aside –  The Nation of Islam is here to stop the Chicago violence. Yeah, that’s gonna work… to recruit new members of the Nation of Islam. I’m sure it’s all the fault of White people.

Pardon me while I now throw up.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

On Monday night, residents in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side witnessed the might of the Nation of Islam.

Despite temperatures that hovered around 100 degrees, black men in dress suits and bow ties fanned out across the neighborhood to form a human wall of protection against any sudden outbreak of gunfire.

The army of men, known as the Fruit of Islam, was responding to a call put out by Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan after last month’s tragic killing of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton on the West Side. Her murder is part of the unrelenting bloodshed plaguing Chicago this year, causing the murder rate to spike.

It’s forced Farrakhan out of the luxury of the Nation’s palatial headquarters in Chicago and onto the street, leading 500 Fruit of Islam members out into Auburn-Gresham to help combat the violence.

The 80-year-old leader walked with his followers, and took the lead in confronting an evil that is frustrating law enforcement, civil rights activists, clergy and residents.

Traditionally in the Nation of Islam, Monday is set aside for male training classes. But Farrakhan ordered those classes canceled across the country and sent the men into the street

*SNIP*

Further down:

“What I saw was a number of brothers in all different sections of the area passing out DVDs of the minister’s speeches, as well as folders with the ‘Million Man Pledge,’ ” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of “The Faith Community of St. Sabina Church.”

“They were interacting. They were saying we can live in peace,” he said.

Pfleger said the men walked in formation similar to a scene from the Spike Lee movie “Malcolm X.”

There is more, make sure you read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, WGNTV reports:

Six people were shot and wounded in five separate attacks on the South Side Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

A man was shot once in the upper left shoulder while sitting in a SUV in the 4800 block of South Justine Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital but his condition was not known.

Two teens were shot at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of East 72nd Street, according to Chicago Fire Chief Joseph Roccasalva and police.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the left jaw and was taken to Stroger in serious condition, Baety said.

Another attack happened about 2:05 p.m. in the 7200 block of South Ingleside Avenue, Roccasalva said.

A 32-year-old man was wounded in the right shoulder and walked into St. Bernard Hospital. The man said he was shot in the 7200 block of South Halsted Street or the 7200 block of South Emerald Avenue, police said. He was treated and released.

Police are investigating whether the two shootings were linked.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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