Black mobs and the second law of race and crime (part 1)
May 7th, 2011 by Unamused
Ignorance and misinformation about race and crime run deep in our society. People who have never read an article on the subject will declare, with a conviction normally reserved for religious fundamentalists, that blacks are not more criminal than whites; that this is an illusion created by racially biased news media; and that any evidence to the contrary is a product of police or jury discrimination.
Over the next few days ["weeks" would have been more accurate], I will debunk these myths in the form of three laws of race and crime.
Last month, Unamusement Park established its first law of race and crime: there is no bias against blacks in the justice system. Over the next few days (I mean it, this time), we will look at violent black mobs in light of the second law: the news media are biased in favor of blacks.
2010: Just another year in black-run America
From NBC Philadelphia (February 17, 2010): “Teen Mob Attack in Center City.”
One teen is hospitalized and more than a dozen others are in jail after a flash mob turned violent in Center City.
As many as 100 teens from three area high schools descended upon The Gallery at Market East Tuesday afternoon, police say. … Groups made their way up Market Street towards City Hall — some starting a large snowball fight on the building’s grounds while others began fighting on street corners, police said.
Along the way, the teens darted through traffic and knocked strangers to the ground, police said. One witness said the teens were randomly attacking people.
Teens who made their way into Macy’s at 13th and Market, damaged parts of the store and stole clothing, eyewitnesses said. …
Some of the teens attend Simon Gratz High School in North Philadelphia, authorities say. They are working to figure out the other schools involved.
One teen was kicked in the head during one of the brawls and taken to Jefferson University Hospital with head injuries.
… This is not the city’s first interaction with teen flash mobs. Thousands of teens descended on South Street in June 2009 — vandalizing property, beating pedestrians and even stealing a cab. [But good luck finding coverage.]
And that’s the whole story… or is it? I can’t shake this feeling that we’re missing something. Maybe it’s because of that picture at the top of the article.
Then there’s the video accompanying the article, which shows several other teens being arrested. All of them have something in common with the teen pictured above. Can you guess what it is?
Now what was that high school again? Right, Simon Gratz. Do we have a picture of the teens at Simon Gratz High School? Can we bring that up, please?
So… these 100 or so teens. (150, according to a later report). Were they all black? There’s no evidence to the contrary — no pictures of white teens being led away in handcuffs, no security camera footage of Asian high school students fighting on street corners or darting through traffic, no mention of mixed race teens or the mob’s diversity.
If they were all black, why didn’t that merit a line or two? Maybe right at the bottom.
Race is not in their vocabulary
Let’s look at how other news outlets handled the same story. The Daily News article “100 teens turn snowball fight into violent flash mob outside Philadelphia Macy’s store” doesn’t mention race at all.
Neither does ABC News, in “Police promise crackdown on violent ‘flash mobs’,” although that story features quotes from local high school students named “Shanay Harrell” and “Tearah Yuille.”
“Similar to the flash mobs near South Street last summer”, says an Eyewitness News reporter, over security camera footage of dozens of black teens looting and vandalizing a store — but again, no mention of race. Remember those mysterious teens from June 2009? Well, here they are.
Black people are involved? They must be the victims
Someone else must have noticed this. Oh, here we go: the Digital Journal indulges me in “4th violent flash mob in Philadelphia provokes crackdown.” We’ll get to race in a moment.
There are two videos associated with the story. The first was removed by YouTube for violating its “policy prohibiting hate speech.” The second features race-baiting demagogue Jesse Jackson deflecting attention from black dysfunction, and clamoring for more reparations — I mean, uh, more art and music and “play acting” and tennis teams (well, obviously) in inner city high schools. Right. I’m sure that will work. Oh, and he wants to crack down on poverty and unemployment, not crime. (I’m not sure he knows what a crackdown is.)
The article itself raises some questions.
Maybe there is something in Philadelphia’s water, but teens [WHICH EFFING TEENS?] in the American city have been participating in random acts of rampage since last year. … Random rampages have spontaneously sprung up in Philadelphia in May, June and December 2009. [SO WHY ISN'T THIS HUGE NEWS?] Some of the rampages have been violent, with teens attacking both people and property. Back in June, the police connected the teen rampages to one particular high school, however police say students from three different high schools had been identified in this week’s mob event. [WOULD THESE PERCHANCE BE PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS?]
Again, good luck finding media coverage of those random violent rampages in 2009. We already caught a glimpse of June’s
black teen riot. I also managed to find out what happened in May. From philly.com: during a flash mob “convened by teens and young adults” (race unspecified) “through texting and online social messaging sites,” Thomas Fitzgerald, a 53-year-old white bicyclist, “was set upon by eight young males, beaten, and left unconscious and in the middle of a violent seizure.”
At least they caught one of them:
[black, 21-year-old Stephen Lyde], of West Philadelphia, was the first of three people arrested in what police say was a rampage by more than 100 who blocked traffic, pounded on cars, stole merchandise, and assaulted several people.
… Erin Houdeshell said Lyde was one of five to seven men who stood around Fitzgerald while he had a seizure on the hood of a car.
“He said, ‘Yo, look at his head,’” Houdeshell testified, referring to Lyde watching Fitzgerald’s head twitch and bounce on the car’s hood. “He seemed kind of entertained by the situation.” …
Sharon Frohlick testified that she saw a man grab the strap of Fitzgerald’s backpack and yank him from his bike.
Frohlick said the assailant threw Fitzgerald on the hood of a parked car and punched him in the face. Seven or eight others joined in, punching and kicking him as he slid to the ground while other spectators cheered.
Returning to the Digital Journal article, here is the only mention of race.
One opinion piece attributes the rampages to economic and social discrimination, saying that most of the kids who participate in these rampages are African American students who believe they have been racially targeted by store owners and police in Center City.
Wait, what? Are they really taking that angle? Sure, they’re all black — but that’s only because they’re fighting back against white racist store owners and police. Who comes up with this stuff? Seriously. Find me that opinion piece — aha.
Progressive, tough, liberal, and retarded
From OpEdNews.com (“Progressive — Tough — Liberal”): “Philly Rampage Shows Social Media’s Potential: Youthful Rage, Instead of Ineffectual, Could be Potent.”
My expectations couldn’t be lower.
The author, Dave Lindorff, begins his piece with some very creative imagery: city leaders and businessmen “wringing their hands ” and calling for “tough action” (scare quotes his) against… why, just a bunch of “kids” — mere victims of the city’s “decrepit and failing” high schools!
“I’m not going to diminish the seriousness of the incident,” he writes, then proceeds to do just that. His main points are as follows:
- the Center City commercial area is so full of white racists that the mob attack was justified: “African-American kids feel blatant prejudice [by shop owners] downtown, which does much to explain the hostility that was apparent in the recent rampage”
- the police response was also racist: “[t]his is not, I suspect, how such things are handled by police in the suburbs, where parents of arrested minors, especially white minors, tend to get called immediately by police”
- these “kids” should use social media to organize marches, protests, and boycotts against the aforementioned racism
- they should also teach us old folks how to organize protests against the War in Afghanistan and in favor of Obamacare
Yes, that’s right. He takes the race angle so that he can warn America about the dangers of — no, not violent mobs of black teenagers assaulting random people in the streets of Philadelphia. Don’t be silly (or racist)! About the dangers of racist store clerks at Macy’s, and the need for a police crackdown on suburban white minors shoplifting and driving drunk.
“Willfully stupid” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Do kids in the suburbs get expelled from school if they get convicted [of] shoplifting, or if they get busted for drunk driving on the weekend? No. Of course not.
Do kids in the suburbs — no, scratch that, I’m not going to beat around the racial bush. Do white people form violent mobs, robbing stores and assaulting random people? No. Of course not.
Was it good for you?
The end of Mr. Lindorff’s article can best be described as radical erotica:
Imagine if these kids used the new media to bring a thousand teenagers to the Gallery to march on the sidewalks with signs demanding an end to racism in these stores. Imagine if they used social media to organize mass boycotts of stores known to target black students for harassment. Imagine if they used social media to organize protests against police bias and police brutality.
Imagine all the people, sharing all the world… These are the wet dreams of Dave Lindorff, author of such bilious books as “Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal” (the convicted Black Panther cop-killer) and “The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office.”
Safe in his Philly suburb, far away from the Magical Negroes he fetishizes, and their totally justifiable random acts of violence, Mr. Lindorff fantasizes about radicalizing a horde of angry African-American adolescents and harnessing their black rage — with this newfangled “Facebook” thing — to wipe out the hated CONservatives once and for all, so that the right-thinking anti-racists of the world can finally live together in perfect multicultural harmony (with only occasional epidemics of interracial rape, which of course can be attributed to the ongoing legacy of slavery).
Well, Mr. Lindorff, don’t forget to roll up your car windows when you roll through the “bad” part of town — you wouldn’t want to get carjacked by one of those lovable kids. And next time you indulge in one of your teenage black fantasies, remember to wipe up after you blow your load of white guilt all over the keyboard.