Last week we observed the twenty-year anniversary of one of the most significant events in recent American history – September 11th, 2001. Around that same time, there was another, less-publicized anniversary. On Labor Day 2020, the innocent life of a precious little girl was taken away by armed thugs on the streets of a Democrat-run city: Chicago. A city that gets more violent every week.
Dajore Wilson was a beautiful, eight-year-old girl from Chicago – who happened to be black – and who died on Labor Day 2020 after multiple gunshots were fired into the car in which she was traveling, along with her parents and an adult, family friend. All three of the adults were injured but survived, and fortunately, Dajore’s twin brother was not present in the car at the time of the shooting. A common chant we hear from “Black Lives Matter” protesters is, “Say her name!”, referring to Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by Louisville police in March 2020, and “Say his name!”, in reference to George Floyd, Jacob Blake, or perhaps Rayshard Brooks, all of whom either died or were injured at the hands of police. To our mainstream media, to the Black Lives Matter movement, and to our Democrat politicians, we demand: Her name was Dajore Wilson, say her name!
The statement “Black Lives Matter” is indisputable, because any and every life matters. Human life is a gift; human life is precious; and unfortunately, human life is also extremely fragile. The movement “Black Lives Matter,” however, is a much different situation, and is in fact highly disputable. We could, for example, dispute the strategy of BLM to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” We could challenge the validity of BLM’s assertion there is “rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.” But the most egregious shortcoming of the movement “Black Lives Matter” and their activities is their utter disregard for Dajore Wilson, and those like her.
During an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon in early July 2020, actor and former NFL player Terry Crews was attempting to make the point that BLM should not be focused only on black victims of purported police brutality, but should include all black folks, regardless of the threat. Lemon became visibly annoyed and resorted to talking over his own guest. “If you want an All Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities including black communities, then start that movement with that name,” Lemon scolded, “but that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about.” Bizarre logic and a peculiar statement, but also very revealing. The BLM movement is not about “Black Lives,” the BLM movement is entirely political, with political objectives; nothing more, nothing less.
Chicago is a city that has had a Democrat as mayor since 1931 when a man by the name of William H. Thompson ran City Hall, and Herbert Hoover was still president. There are multiple people to point to when attributing culpability for the ongoing violence that has been plaguing Chicago for decades, but there is not a Republican among them. As predictable as strong, cold winds blowing through Chicago streets in January, only Democrats are elected to citywide offices in Chicago each November.
As a result, complacency has set in, and violent deaths of Chicago’s citizenry are commonplace. This record of incompetence is why BLM and others want us to ignore Dajore Wilson and focus on Jacob Blake, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor.
Over the Labor Day weekend last year, 51 people in Chicago were shot, and 10 of them died, including Dajore Wilson, but this was not an unusual weekend, and unfortunately the situation has gotten worse. This past weekend (which was not a holiday weekend, by the way), at least 56 people were shot in the city, of which at least six have died. Additionally, the city is on pace in 2021 to have the highest number of murders in a quarter-century. We must also note that statistically, the overwhelming majority of Chicago’s murder victims are black, with almost 500 murdered last year. How many of Chicago’s murder victims were black, unarmed, and killed by police last year? Zero. How about this year? Zero. And how many of those black lives mattered? All of them.
According to the Washington Post, there were 15 unarmed black people who were killed by police in the U.S. in 2019, whereas PolitiFact puts the number at 28. Additionally, the Washington Post and PolitiFact both note that the number of unarmed white people who were killed by police is significantly higher; 25 and 51 respectively. It should also be noted that “unarmed” does not mean “not dangerous”. Regardless, even if we take PolitiFact’s number of 28, and even if we assume that all 28 of those deaths were unjust, that means there almost twenty times the amount of black folks murdered in the city of Chicago last year than were unwarrantedly killed by police in the entire U.S. for the entire year of 2019.
If black lives truly matter to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, should they not be focusing their attention elsewhere? Would it not make more of an impact if they were to work with law enforcement in addressing the violence that is ravaging cities like Chicago? And Baltimore? And St. Louis? And Detroit? All those cities, and dozens more, are cities that have been led by Democrats for decades. They have been run by people who tell the black community they care and then do nothing to fix the violence that is killing their children
The time has come for this insanity to stop. The American Left — which includes BLM, most Democrats, and virtually all the mainstream media — mourns the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and they lament the injuries to Jacob Blake. Certainly, each of those circumstances is tragic in its own right, and scrutinizing the events that led to those outcomes is justifiable, but consider the facts.
George Floyd had nine criminal convictions and had both methamphetamines and fentanyl in his system when he died in police custody in Minneapolis last year. Dajore Wilson loved SpongeBob Squarepants. Jacob Blake had been accused of sexual assault and domestic violence, resisted arrest, and was reaching for a knife when he was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Dajore Wilson liked the color pink and enjoyed dancing. Breonna Taylor was in an apartment with a man named Kenneth Walker who was shooting at police trying to execute an arrest warrant when she was killed by police in Louisville. Dajore Wilson “was an angel” according to her uncle, Reggie Ray, and we are sure she was.
Each of the events that have sparked the BLM protests and riots deserves to be discussed and examined, and if lives can be saved — black, white, or otherwise — by taking appropriate actions to improve law enforcement’s actions, then that will benefit all of society. But for the Left to pretend they genuinely care about black lives while they turn their backs on people like Dajore Wilson is despicable. George Floyd was literally buried in a gold casket and has become a martyr for a group that only cares about their political agenda.
For those of us who truly care about all American lives, including all black lives, we should hold up the precious life of Dajore Wilson as representing our aspirations to actually make our country better. We must insist that the Left acknowledge the true problems that are scourging our black communities, and exclaim: Her name was Dajore Wilson, say her name!
P.F. Whalen is a conservative blogger at TheBlueStateConservative.com. His work has appeared in multiple publications, including Human Events, the Western Journal, and American Thinker.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this essay was published by The Blue State Conservative last year.