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Chicago top cop links gun policy to racism

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

(People's World) The city's new police chief, Garry McCarthy, sermonized recently that federal gun laws are equivalent to "government-sponsored racism," and they "facilitate" illegal gun trafficking into the urban centers of this country.

McCarthy, Newark, N.J.'s former top cop, said to the predominantly black congregation at St. Sabina Church, "[L]et's see if we can make a connection here. Slavery. Segregation. Black codes. Jim Crow. What did they all have in common? Anybody getting scared? Government sponsored racism.

"Now I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of the African American history in this country, and tell me if I'm crazy: Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers across this country, that are killing our black and brown children," he said.

St. Sabina's priest is Father Pfleger, a well-known anti-violence, anti-racist activist here. Pfleger and McCarthy are both white. McCarthy said he isn't afraid to address the issue of "race."

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