A seven-year-old girl was shot and killed this weekend while waiting in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Chicago. The child’s father was shot, too, but survived the attack.
The suspected motives behind the attack remain unreleased by police officials, but the car was found covered in bullet holes, suggesting a targeting.
There were at least 30 shell casings outside the vehicle after the shooting, said a CBS Chicago report, noting that the tinted windows on the sides of the vehicle were shot out, too.
Young Jaslyn Adams was hit multiple times in the upper body. She was rushed to an area hospital by a local police officer but succumbed to her injuries. Her father, 29-year-old Jontae Adams, was also shot, though he survived.
There have been no marches or protests for the life of innocent Jaslyn, a black seven-year-old, by Black Lives Matter activists. And when Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot commented on the horrific shooting, she referenced so-called “gun violence,” leaving out the child’s race.
“I am heartbroken and angered that a 7-year-old child was killed this afternoon on Chicago’s West Side,” Lightfoot posted Sunday. “This unthinkable act of violence has no place here. The epidemic of gun violence cutting our children’s lives short cannot go on.”
I am heartbroken and angered that a 7-year-old child was killed this afternoon on Chicago's West Side. This unthinkable act of violence has no place here. The epidemic of gun violence cutting our children's lives short cannot go on.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) April 19, 2021
One major criticism of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement is the group’s refusal to focus on all innocent black lives, instead seemingly picking out controversial and politically opportune cases that help advance, for example, their goal of nationally defunding police. Black-on-black crime is completely ignored by the movement, as it doesn’t fit their agenda.
Earlier this month, a resident of Rochester, New York, called out BLM activists for ignoring crime in the city when it doesn’t involve police. “If the police were killing us at the rate we’re killing ourselves, I suspect this town would be on fire,” said Rudy Rivera, CEO of Rochester’s Father Laurence Tracy Advocacy Center on North Clinton Avenue.
Rivera noted the protesting he saw this summer in response to the death of a black man named Daniel Prude following a police interaction. The activists who sparked the protests — and many nights of subsequent destructive, violent rioting in the city — are now nowhere to be found as murder continues to spike in Rochester.
“When we kill ourselves, I say to myself, where are the protests lining this street?’” Rivera questioned activists. “Where are the people within our own community, who know what’s going on here? And that’s the most tragic part of this whole story, everybody knows what’s happening here, and yet, it persists.”
“Where are the voices” of the activists who held press conferences nearly every day over officer-involved incidents, Rivera asked.
Unfortunately, Rivera’s commentary holds true across the nation.