Violent crime rates in the United States have soared over the past several months while activists associated with Black Lives Matter call to defund police. Protesters have consistently claimed to be peaceful voices demanding change and “racial justice” as they topple monuments and statues while harassing law enforcement officers and light police vehicles on fire.
As the days of protests and unrest morphed into weeks, violence has crept into American cities at levels that haven’t been seen in decades. Police have lost the support of elected leaders in cities all over the country as their budgets have been slashed and an anti-violence task force of 600 in New York City was disbanded.
Protesters continue to cry out that “black lives matter” as they decry all police and insist that our shared national history is marred by white supremacy and systemic racism. But as the names of only a few people killed by police continue to circulate among protesters as examples of racial injustice in the country, the bodies of black Americans are dropping at alarming rates in cities across the nation.
That rampant violence has spared no one and now, only a week into the month of July, as the nation celebrated our Declaration of Independence from bloody tyranny 244 years ago, at least 10 children have been killed amid the disturbing increase in violence on our own city streets. The deaths of these children, not at the hands of law enforcement or a white supremacist, do not fit the political narrative being driven by a group claiming that Black Lives Matter because, to them, a death that doesn’t help their cause is hardly worth mentioning.
The young boy, who had just completed the second grade, was in an Alabama shopping mall with his family when an argument broke out between two groups of men. Gunfire erupted as the men clashed and four bystanders had been hit by the time the fracas concluded.
Royta was struck in the head while he, his siblings, and his mother and stepfather were waiting to go to the Children’s Place clothing store.
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