104 Shot, 14 Killed Over Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago

GenZ – Enough is Enough

Cristal M Clark 

Of all of our living generations the one that grew up truly seeing a world full of violence happens to be GenZ and they are starting to speak up, out loud and in our faces, they have had enough.

Over Father’s day weekend 104 people were shot in Chicago, 14 were killed, including a 3-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl killed.

Mass shootings or just gun violence in general is what Generation Z grew up knowing, but what’s more is that they grew up in the most diverse generation humans have ever known, which is something GenZ has embraced and accepted. 

Our differences are not something that GenZ has ever looked down their noses at, black, white, brown, sex, sexual orientation or partner preference does not matter to GenZ, they accept it and they are expressing that they are simply tired of those that are unwilling to accept all human beings as just that and, they are equally tired of the gun violence that they have grown up seeing unfold around them on a daily basis. GenZ, is the generation that grew up having to be part of mass shooter drills at school. 

What’s more is that as Trump took office, GenZ stepped into one of the most politically divided worlds of our time. 

Born between 1996 and 2010, GenZ has grown up in an era where gun violence is frequent, immigration is a very debated topic and the deteriorating climate is acknowledged as a crisis. They are now coming of age during a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities, and as protesters take to the streets to call out racism and police brutality as well as selfish protests demanding states re-open for no other reason than to go to a salon, get a coffee etc. 

They are watching us attack each other over basic human decency like wearing masks so as to protect each other, they also keep watching black and brown American’s gunned down at the hands of cops who do not view black or brown American’s as equals to white American’s. They have also fallen witness to a criminal justice system that punishes black or brown american’s more severely than whites. 

They have also grown up in a world that if it does not change, they will be highly unlikely to become homeowners, get out of college debt, and will witness continued violence and injustice.  

1 in 10 voters this November will be GenZ. 

They are ready to start a revolution in an effort to make this world a better place for us all. Boomers are less likely to embrace change, especially if it threatens their beliefs, comfort and is different from the 40’s and 50’s ideology.

Boomers are not an overwhelming majority, nor are racists and bigots, the one thing GenZ has on their side are the generations that came after the boomers, our majority stands right along with GenZ and those numbers at the polls are looking a lot like the revolution GenZ wants is in fact going to come to fruition. 

Let’s be clear, they are not seeking a revolution that urges violent behavior, they want a revolution that works with leaders, governments and each other to promote healthy change in this country. GenZ is very, very uniquely positioned to affect change because of social media and the way that it unites them. 

John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics: “This generation has grown up in a world that is considerably different from GenX, even Millennials. They’ve had friends, families, relationships with people who have been different than you based on whatever the difference is: socioeconomic, gender identity, and therefore, they’ve noticed that those friends and family members, even acquaintances are really no different than you as a generation. That is part of the reason they’ve been filled with so much empathy.” 

This generation truly does understand the world around them better than most of the other generations, they have opened their eyes to it where others refuse and continue to believe in things that are no longer healthy for this world, or simply because they are too selfish to care about the other human beings that happen to inhabit this planet. 

GenZ across this country have expressed their dismay with a culture that tolerates violence and are committed to learning how to combat injustice at every level, from violence to the way companies pay and take care of employees, to the way that we protest, what we protest, and how we combat injustice. 

If you are not willing to stand with GenZ to promote change in this country, you might want to step out of the way, like it or not change is and will be coming. 

Cristal M Clark


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8 Minutes and 46 Seconds

George Floyd Did Not Die in Vain 

Cristal M Clark 

I don’t know how many of my readers have actually sat down and watched cell phone footage of the murder of George Floyd. I did watch it over the weekend and to be honest it has haunted me so deeply that I have been having trouble sleeping since then. I’ve studied my share of horrific murders and cold cases through the years and one moment during the murder of George Floyd affected me in a very profound way that I have yet to shake it.

It was George crying out for his mom as he lay dying and unable to breath. That cry brought me to tears, shaking me to the core, breaking both my heart and my soul. That cry was heard worldwide by moms, and unified in one stance together we stood and said enough is enough. In that moment we all unified and stood up as any mother would for George Floyd as if he were our own child. 

We want Justice for George. 

We demand Justice for George. 

I’ve been to some of the protests, both peaceful and as the anarchy ensued during the night trying to help keep the peace, but no peace was to be had over the weekend. I do not condone looting, damaging property, violence, but I heard what people felt. Many of them are feeling many different pains if you listen. 

But right now, the pain and suffering we need to address is the systemic racism here in the United States. Every single state in this country is standing unified together without the leader of the United States of American and we are demanding an end to the suffering and inequality of the African American’s who are citizens of our nation. 

Our nation which we are part of together. 

When my kids were little, they never knew racism, when I would watch them play with other little kids I noticed, just as I do with my grandchildren now, little kids, they don’t see race as they interact with other little kids. They are just happy, excited and delighted to meet new kids and to be able play with another little kid. They just see another little kid. 

Racism is taught, hatred is taught. 

It is time we stopped teaching children racism and hatred. 

President George W Bush stepped forward and like a President helps heal his hurting nation, gave a beautiful speech the other day that encouraged peaceful protests, that encouraged us to call for change.  

President Barack Obama yesterday, he did it again, like a President he stood to help lead a hurting nation, to heal and to demand change in constructive and peaceful ways. He urged us to be strong and to stand alongside the youth of this nation and to demand change.  

I refer to both as President rather than Former US President to illustrate that they truly were and still are thought of leaders of this nation, something they both demonstrated with the thoughtful words of hope and inspiration they have delivered through this senseless tragedy. 

Donald Trump, has made threats, hid in a bunker, rampaged on Twitter, called people weak, urged law enforcement to harm peaceful protesters and use a show of force to stop protests around the nation  and has yet to offer help, support, words of healing, promise for change, empathy and leadership here. The White House is currently being sealed off, barriers being put into place by a coward, racist Donald Trump and an administration living in fear of the people they are currently letting down.

I urge all American’s to remember these defining childish, pathetic behaviors and moments Donald Trump has shown in the face of a crisis when November rolls around. He may be great when it comes to business and economy, but he truly strives to simply drive our nation apart because he has no empathy whatsoever. That is just as inhumane as the killing of innocent people of color. 

And we the people are driving for change, we are forcing that to happen. All 50 states in this nation are demanding change, every race in this country is standing as we the people without a leader and we are demanding change. We are succeeding! Finally we are making it happen. 

Through the years I stood for change as blacks were killed at the hands of cops or a white men. I’ve written about it so many times in the past and here we are again. When the change doesn’t happen, I can’t help but feel like I have failed in some way to make it happen. 

When I attended a couple of the protests I heard the very words that I have written in the past spoken and cried out from the mouths of our nation’s youth who are demanding we end systemic racism once and for all and I couldn’t help but feel this is a deeply painful time for our nation and the world watching this unfold but in those moments I stood proud of the youth in this nation for having the courage to stand up and rise about the systemic racism we continue to see. 

We can no longer tolerate hate, we can no longer accept and allow injustice, we can no longer accept systemic racism. This is America and we must fight for equal justice for everyone in America, No more white justice, no more black justice, no rich justice, no more poor justice, one system for all of the peoples in America.

We must put an end to white privilege and inequality in our nation. 

When the leadership in the Whitehouse fails us, we the people must rise up to that challenge and drive the need for change in non-violent ways ourselves. The proof of that is today, look around we are heard and supported through state and local governments nationwide, we are being heard and supported worldwide. 

To the racists on social media dropping the word ni*g*r, sharing racially hateful messages, demanding white privilege, you are also being heard and the bad news is that people are quietly sharing your posts and words of hate towards blacks, hispanics and asians, support of the KKK, Neo Nazi’s, White Power, through private DM’s, people are sharing your hatred with the very people within your  own communities, some of you have businesses and I don’t believe that I need to explain what that can do to your business. What we are watching in the United States of America is that the minority groups are about to change, those that are racist and full of hate are going to become the minority sooner rather than later. 

It’s we the people not we the white power, we the people are no longer going to tolerate racism, hatred, inequality and injustice towards a person of color and we must let our voices continue to be heard.   

I cannot claim to know and understand the pain and suffering of people of color, but I am a mom and when I heard George Floyd cry out for his mom, it brought me to my knees. And although I cannot quite put into words what hearing a grown man being murdered, crying for mom truly feels like, any mother who watched that video would tell you, it was gut wrenching, painful and you can’t help but to feel it hit you hard in your heart and in your soul. It leaves you unable to walk away and not fight for change.

I have spent years fighting injustice through our judicial systems, fighting for the rights of victims and fighting a system that rewards the rich and the white. 

George Floyd’s death will not be in vain, he will be the first person I think of anytime I prepare to address a Judge or prosecutor, his cry for his mom will not be forgotten, I will think of George Floyd and that cry will make my arguments about inequality and injustice even more powerful. 

We must change, we must abolish systemic racism and inequality like our nation once abolished slavery.

Always remember 8 minutes and 46 seconds a human being suffered, struggling to breath and died an agonizing brutal death crying out for his mom all  because he was black and that never should have happened. 

Cristal M Clark


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