Press Statement: Presidential Candidate 2016, Dr Willie Wilson, Responds to Tragic Charleston Church Shootings

Press Statement: Presidential Candidate 2016, Dr Willie Wilson, Responds to Tragic Charleston Church Shootings 

 Chicago, IL – June 18th, 2015 - Today, as over one hundred thousand people march in the streets of Chicago to celebrate a sports team win, millions hang their head in disbelief at another senseless hate crime that claimed nine innocent lives. A mass murder that took place in what many recognize as sanctuary - a church - in Charleston, South Carolina.

Former Chicago Mayoral Candidate,Dr Willie Wilson, who is running for President of the United States 2016, says: "Our hearts are with the families and friends of the victims lost in this senseless, horrible action. As a father who has lost a son to gun violence, I feel the pain of these families. How many wake-up calls do we need before we honestly face the problems of inequality in the United States?

“I call for a national dialogue to begin immediately. We must redirect our resources to our problems here at home and stop trying to fix the rest of the world’s problems. It is time to refocus our priorities.”

Dr. Willie Wilson believes that young people do not grow naturally into hate, they follow the examples of their elders. He says: "I call on the mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts and grandparents to begin a dialogue of peace and tolerance within their own families. We must build upon this, with leadership. Let us redirect our war mentality from the oil wars and drug wars, toward the hate wars raging here at home.

“I call for an immediate one percent reduction in military spending to fund a national project on race relations to be led by the heads of each major church in this country.”

Dr. Willie Wilson believes that the sequestration of one percent of the roughly $600 billion the government spends each year on our military would make approximately $600 million available immediately to confront this urgent national security issue.

"Approximately 13,288 U.S. citizens have been killed in terrorist attacks for which we have declared war, changed our laws and even limited our civil liberties. Yet, since 1995, over 200,000 officially designated hate crimes have been committed - almost half based on race - and we have declared no war, passed no law aimed at reduction and changed no liberty or basic tenant of our society. It is time we focus on issues for ‘we’ the people.”

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