Black flash mob in Cleveland Heights; cleveland.com refuses to report race
Jun 27th, 2011 by Unamused
At cleveland.com (via Stuff Black People Don’t Like), we find a curiously undescriptive story: “Reports mixed on extent of unrest Sunday at Cleveland Heights street fair.”
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — About 40 Cleveland Heights police officers had to control a crowd of unruly teenagers in the last hour of the Coventry Street Arts Fair Sunday [June 26, 2011], an event [that] closes Coventry Road every summer from Mayfield Road to Euclid Heights Boulevard.
The teens, who other kids said were from “all over the place — Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights — were starting fights, screaming and throwing punches in the crowded streets, according to witnesses and shop owners.
Sarah Corcoran, 21, of Cleveland Heights, said she saw about 75 people run through the street, some yelling, just before the fair was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Police showed up shortly after to clear the streets.
There is no mention of race anywhere in the article. Later, the story was updated to include “[s]ocial network reactions.”
The comments below, mostly from Twitter.com, are only a portion of the chatter over about 7 hours Sunday evening — many others were left off the list because of offensive language.
The tweets start at 7:44 pm on Sunday with WFNYCraig asking:
What happened at the Coventry street fair? I was there earlier in the day, but I see it trending. What did I miss?
Coventry Shook Too Hard Yesterday.
None of these tweets mention race.
Join me, won’t you, for a fascinating exercise in media studies: log in to Twitter (I used TweetDeck) and search for “coventry, black.” Let us see what, exactly, was “left off the list because of offensive language.”
I know, I know: it’s racist. Indulge me.
(I’m not suggesting any of these people were actually involved in the mob.)
As early as 4:09 pm on Saturday (June 25) — the day before the “unrest” — Thick_ASS_Jass (who happens to be African-American) complained:
I wanna go to coventry but NIGGAS black ass NIGGAS on that embarassing ghetto dont know how to act ,dont got no home training type shit.
“NIGGAS,” she says, “black ass NIGGAS.” Could be a coincidence. Interestingly enough, her message was promptly re-tweeted by three other people: _SammiJay, Bj_Mariee, and apryl_alone, who all happen to be African-American, as well.
At 7:51 pm, Look_ItsTreMilz promised the following, which was re-tweeted by uniquebre17:
Everybody is gonna be at Coventry tomorrow huh?…. You wont see my black ass up there.
“Everybody” is going to be there — except their “black [asses].” Yes, once again, both happen to be African-American. Actually, from now on, everyone mentioned is African-American unless I specifically state otherwise.
At 10:09 pm, My_FreshAss issued the following stern directive, re-tweeted by IAm_Dnell and CheeksONTresure (all of whom, if you’ve been paying attention, are implicitly African-American):
Coventry gone [going to] be full of FIGHTS, RIOTS, BLACK PEOPLE, DRUGS, ND ——>POLICE SOOOOOO YALL BETTA ACT CIVILIZED!!!
Fascinating: “Coventry,” he noted, is going to be “full of FIGHTS, RIOTS, BLACK PEOPLE, DRUGS,” and that implies a “POLICE” presence, so “YALL BETTA ACT CIVILIZED!!!” But did they heed his warning?
At 11:01 pm, JaeCudi joked with JovTheGreat:
I thought they stopped black people from hanging on Coventry. Lol. JK
At 11:37 pm, masonry fan SaleBrixSckTits speculated:
Coventry gone [going to] pull out them pattywagons [paddy wagons] again on you black fuckers lol
At 11:42 pm, the hypothermic DaniDhaColdest wondered (as did re-tweeter JustFollowHere):
Man why tf [the fuck] y’all gotta always wanna fight &nd start problems on coventry , that’s why BLACK PPL not wanted in a lot of places now GROWUP .
At 12:31 am, which I’m going to go ahead and call Saturday night, LilRedHead_Jada pleaded, along with DeonteeWasThere, _BlowTrees, and Bobby_SickKicks:
Dear Black , Please Don’t Fight On Coventry Like Some Dumbasses ^_^ Love, Jada . . . .
Sunday: flash mob
At 8:32 am on Sunday (the day of the “unrest”), MauriceAmir vowed:
Im Not Going To The Coventry Feat. Black People Always Make Some Shit Ghetto Af. Plus I Gotta Work :)
At 9:18 am, the possibly self-hating quezzy_quell discriminated:
If I go to coventry I’m goin early so I dnt have to put up wit black ppl…
At 10:55 am, the celestial PaintTheCosmos (real name “Dionna Sherice,” race technically unknown) cursed:
Did want to go to Coventry, but black people like to fuck shit up.
At 11:24 am, the educated HoesTaughtMe (reinforced by the equally learned ToneJetTaughtMe) ordered:
NO SHOOTING, Coventry The Last Place Black People Got!
At 11:27 am, the similarly erudite _TONYtaughtme (supported by Drea_CreatedYou) equated:
coventry = fighting . yu cant put a bunch of black people in one area cuz they dk [don't know] how to act .
At 11:41 am, Pauly_Frm_Phs predicted:
Today gone [going to] be black tennagers last time on Coventry
Weedy_TheOG and PeeGee_17 concurred.
At 12:06 pm, iStriptor_Nike prayed:
Dear lord, don’t let these black rambunctious kids ruin the Coventry fest this time … Sincerely, Kasey Moreland
At 12:22 pm, Lanky_Ralf begged:
Dear black people, please dont embarass us today on coventry. Sincerely, Ralf .
At 1:04 pm, SincerelyKELLEY asserted:
All these black people at coventry today . i just KNOW its gonee [going to] be some drama .. smhh [shaking her head] !
At 2:57 pm, leahbonnielove lamented:
I enjoyed coventry this afternoon. Had to go before it got “all black” lmao.
At 4:55 pm, McTeddy13_, too, lamented (followed by I_amFatdaddy):
I really wanted to go to the Coventry Festival but it’s just too many black people going so I don’t wanna go anymore -___-
At 5:14 pm, shortly before the flash mob, Yesjessicaa, who is white (and kinda cute), noted:
Nora and I are at the Coventry fair and we walked past a group of black girls and one of them goes ” EWWW, I hate white girls”
Just before 6 pm, the “unruly teenagers,” all of them apparently black, rioted. At 6:26 pm, 81smallz suggested:
Young black kids of cleveland… Smarten up.. Ur looking goofy out here.. #coventry
This was re-tweeted by fourteen people, nearly all of them clearly African-American.
Alright, I think you get the point. From now on, I’m only going to show you a few interesting tweets. There are plenty more out there, all saying pretty much the same thing.
At 7:45 pm, Murda_Moosh wrote:
coventry fest….never again! a damn mess! black kids dunno how to act !
At 12:04 am, which I’m going to go ahead and call Sunday night, BoY_SaNiTy (race ambiguous) wrote:
Coventry was just a bunch of over dressed black people looking for trouble i swear on it
At 6:44 am, teeelash wrote:
Some shooting in Coventry sha, black boys as usual RT@yourmbour: AH!!! Wetin happen … RT @teeelash: The black race is cursed.
At 12:09 pm, BadAssNmd_Ticia wrote:
Coventry was nothing but a bunch of black highschool kids running wild. Waste of time #yessssss
At 2:04 pm, KraftyWurker, who is apparently a donkey, wrote:
Newspapers persist in calling black bastards who rioted at Coventry Art Fair “teens” or “kids”. Let’s see how many adults were arrested?
black ppl fucking up the coventry fest…fighting at the peace park. smh [shaking her head]
Phew. Reporting is hard work.
Well, there you have it: what cleveland.com couldn’t be bothered to report. The “unrest” at the Coventry Street Arts Fair on Sunday was yet another black flash mob. Once again, blacks are running wild in the streets, and the mainstream media simply refuse to report it. Don’t believe me? Watch Fox8′s video and ask yourself: is there any adjective that could be used to describe these “unruly teenagers”?
Wondering how the mainstream media will manage to justify this bit of censorship? They won’t have to, unless you — the readers and viewers and listeners — complain about it.