Sheriff Clarke: Chicago's Black Leaders Must Shun 'Cultural Rot of Black Underclass'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | February 22, 2017 | 3:45 PM EST

Milwaukee County Sheriff 

David A. Clarke Jr.  (AP) 

Commenting on the rampant violence in Chicago -- there were 762 homicides in 2016 -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. said "selling dope" and using violence to settle disputes were not part of "black culture," the "black community," and black leaders in Chicago need to "stand up" and shun "this cultural rot of the black underclass."

During a Feb. 20 interview on the Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria," Sheriff Clarke said, “But here's what else has to happen, the black community has to play a role in this. The black community can no longer stand by and watch this cultural rot of the black underclass -- not the entire black community, the black underclass."

“They have to start to shame, and shun, this cultural dysfunction that goes on, that is played out by the black underclass," he said.  "The things that the left likes to look at as something to embrace, that they say it's part of the culture. No, it's not.

“I've been black all my life, that's never been a part of this black culture," said the sheriff, "selling dope, taking care of disputes or settling disputes with force, intimidating your friends and your neighbors with the weapons. Selling poison, selling dope to other people."

"That has never been a part of the black community," he said.  "But black people, black leaders, are going to have to stand up in the city of Chicago, and start to shun this cultural rot that has overtaken the city."

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman

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