June 26th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

President Obama silent on skyrocketing Chicago violence

Even as the surging violence in Chicago makes headlines around the country, it has so far failed to garner the attention of one of its most notable former residents.

President Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown two weekends ago to attend the wedding of the daughter of his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.  While he was there, at least six people were killed - and the president didn't say a word.

A loyal voter spoke up, writing to the president in the Chicago Sun-Times to ask for his help, saying:

"I am personally asking you to care enough to come back to Chicago and speak out. Who knows, coming straight from the president's mouth may just deter potential criminal activity or touch the soul of a person contemplating killing someone!"

Roland Martin has been following the situation in Chicago and is OutFront tonight to weigh in on whether the president should get more involved.

Filed under: Crime • Opinion
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. fatujuskishi

    the only way obama would speak up about this is if any of the murders were committed by white people killing blacks. but since it's black on black crime, he can't use it to gain any extra support in the black community.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Don't know if we need President Obama on this, just Ameena Matthews. She can get in a lot of places that a lot of guys can't.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply

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