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CHICAGO: Who Killed Amari Brown?

Amari Brown was a 7 year old child who was killed on July 4th in Chicago. He was spending time with his father enjoying the holiday when a drive-by shooter opened fire hitting Amari. According to Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy "Amari wasn't the intended target, that bullet was meant for his high ranking gang affiliated father!" 

Oh really Mr. Superintendent, 
and how do you know that? 

Here's why I disagree with the superintendent's assessment. If the bullet was meant for Antonio Brown (the father of Amari Brown) there's no way the father would be posting his whereabouts on social media, there's also no way he would have had his son out at midnight if he knew he was marked for death. In fact he would of seen his son in the afternoon or took him to see fireworks at Navy Pier rather then have him in the hood around (supposed) danger. He had his son in the hood because he didn't know his life or the life of his son was in danger. Also it's not a crime or against the law to have your child outside with you pass midnight! 

"There's no way the media or the superintendent can convince me Antonio Brown knew his life was in danger and was around his family while posting his whereabouts on social media the night this tragic event happened! We may not all have college degrees, but we're not that stupid so please don't insult our intelligence!" 

The superintendent fails to understand the possibility the bullet could of been meant for someone else instead of Antonio Brown. Someone else in the crowd could of did something prior to the shooting and the drive-by shooter was aiming at that person and not Antonio Brown or his son. 

It's odd how quick the media tried to paint a picture of Antonio Brown as a super thug when in fact he was a superhero to his children. I'm not saying his life is perfect, but at least he was and remains a stand-up man and great father to his kids. If you go to Antonio Brown's Instagram page you'll see all kinds of pictures of him with his children. Click this link: 

Nevertheless the media only wants to show you images of Antonio Brown with money and marijuana; however, when the State sells marijuana isn't practically legal, right? But when those in the hood smoke or sell marijuana its lock em' up time huh? Either it's right or wrong rather the State sells it or the people sell it. Rather you call it cush or medical marijuana its basically the same thing! Rather you sell marijuana or loose cigarettes doesn't make you some evil person bent on destroying society. 

"Floyd Mayweather  flashes his money all the time after beating someone to a bloody pulp, is he a thug as well? Of course not! It's just a hip-hop thing!"  

To the media and the Chicago police superintendent: Do you understand the dynamics of the black man growing up in the hood? This is Sparta times 10! Very few make it out alive! No jobs, no opportunities, dreams deferred. Yet plenty dope to sell....hmmm, wonder where all this dope coming from? Who's allowing it to flow in the hood as a trap to continue to lock up black men as they work for Fortune 500 companies in prison only making $0.25 - $0.75 an hour? Amari Brown's father did the best he could with the hand he was dealt in a PLANtation scheme to ensnare the black man in urban ghettos of America! 

I fully understand Antonio Brown has a long rap sheet which only means his immediate family, community and system that was supposed to reform him utterly failed him. If you take a deep look at Antonio Brown he's not proud to be a thug. He prides himself on being a provider and great dad which is why he flashes his money. You'll see a man loved by his friends. You'll see a father at the movies with his kids. You'll see a man at the Chicago Blackhawks celebration the night they won surrounded by fellow Chicagoans. 

At the end of the day every black man in urban America is Antonio Brown. The only difference is some of us get caught up in the system and some of us don't. My prayer has been for Antonio Brown, his family and friends. May he find peace. May he continue to let the legacy of Amari Brown live. May Antonio Brown remain a great father. PUT THE GUNS DOWN! STOP THE VIOLENCE. SAVE THE BABIES! 

Written By:
Pastor Jim Allen 
Vineyard Chicago