Black leadership’s shameful silence on violence


The blaring July 13 headline in the New York Post said it all, “ENOUGH.” It was referring to the murder of one-year-old Davell Gardner when shooters opened fire on a group of people attending a barbecue in Brooklyn, New York.

Referencing the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the boy’s grandmother told the paper that Black lives don’t matter because Black people are “trying to kill other Black people. It needs to stop.” The boy’s father pleaded, “Stop the gun violence.”

Nothing to say

The silence of Black political and civil rights leaders and many millionaire Black athletes and entertainers on the slaughter of Black children in our major cities is deafening and shameful.

Where are the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Congressional Black Caucus, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Association of Black Journalists, LeBron James, Oprah Winfrey, and countless others?

They are mostly nowhere to be found. To the best of my knowledge, they have not echoed Davell’s father and grandmother’s message.

Easier targets

It’s much more comfortable and politically correct for them to blame the bloodshed on President Donald J. Trump, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and “systemic racism,” and not the criminality of those who take the lives of precious Black children.

They also have political laryngitis when it comes to demands to defund or abolish the police, the results of which will harm poor law-abiding residents in communities who need more police protection – not less.

At one time, Black and White progressive politicians demanded more Blacks on police departments.

No more!

They look the other way when Black and White privileged anarchists target Black police officers for particular verbal and physical abuse. In doing so, they give a nod and a wink of approval to such conduct.

While they and much of the White Democratic – and Republican – political establishments, remain silent, few are speaking up for the victims and their families.

That would not be the case if these children were not Black! Does anyone believe that other ethnic and/or minority political establishments in New York, and other cities, would be silent if their little children were being massacred daily?

Radical left-wing Black and White groups, such as Antifa and the police hating “Black Lives Matter” movement – whose founders were self-described “trained Marxists” – have co-opted much of the Black and civil rights leadership.

All Black lives don’t matter

Why don’t they say that “All Black Lives Matter,” not just Black lives taken by Whites?

They are afraid to condemn the violence because most of the murders occur in cities controlled by liberal Black and White Democrats. If Republicans controlled them, they would be leading “stop the violence” protests.

Instead of supporting the rule of law and public safety, they – including former Vice President Joseph Biden – join in the left’s chorus that systemic racism pervades our country.

Yes, racism does exist in many forms and various degrees in many institutions in our nation. However, the U.S. is certainly not the South Africa of apartheid or the old American South of segregation.

If that were so, how do they explain the election and re-election of Barack Obama as president?

Why do others come?

If this country is so racist, why do so many Black immigrants come to our country? For example, according to the Migration Policy Institute, between 2010 and 2018, the population coming to the United States from sub-Saharan countries increased by 52 percent, with over two million immigrants in 2018.

Somalia, the country from which Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., fled, is one of the top five countries providing such immigrants. Yet, she accuses America of having a “system of oppression” which must be dismantled.

If Rep. Omar thinks that America is so oppressive and racist, she may wish to consider relocating elsewhere. She’s more than welcome to take some of her likeminded colleagues with her.

Clarence V. McKee is a government, political and media relations consultant and president of McKee Communications, Inc., as well as a contributor. This article originally appeared on



  1. NO, I am not a fool. I can’t believe that no black leaders, leading black, or civil rights leaders have said nothing about the violence in the black community. so I just Googled a few names like NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and I came up with YouTube videos and numerous articles where they have and still are speaking on violence in the black community but we are not vigilantes we’re not going to go shooting down people who run up our street. We depend on the police to handle our crime just like they do on the white part of town.


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