Black mobs attack white people; Tribune editor: race is not a factor
Jun 22nd, 2011 by Unamused
Chicago is under attack by “packs” (source) of “wild” blacks (source), and the Chicago Tribune thinks you’re racist for noticing. Editor Gerould W. Kern explains to his paper’s hopelessly racist white readers in a recent article, “When race is relevant in news coverage” (June 10), that race is never relevant when it might make black people look bad. If you think that’s a stupid policy, you’re not alone: Kern’s propaganda apologia has a one-star rating, the lowest possible, based on over 500 reader responses.
This week the Chicago Tribune published several news stories and related columns about assaults by groups of youths in the Streeterville area of downtown Chicago. More coverage appears Sunday.
A number of readers have asked why we have not included racial descriptions of the assailants and the victims in these incidents.
To be precise, the readers have asked why the Tribune refuses to report that all the assailants are black and, as far as I can tell, all the victims were white except for one visiting Japanese oncologist. It’s not a coincidence: the assailants are black because blacks are more criminal than whites, and the victims are almost exclusively white because blacks deliberately target them.
It’s what you might call a “racially motivated hate crime,” except of course only white people can commit those.
We do not reference race unless it is a fact that is central to telling the story.
By all indication, these attacks were motivated by theft, not race. Further, there is no evidence to suggest that the victims were singled out because of their race. Therefore we did not include racial descriptions in our initial news reports.
Bullshit. Here’s how we know these animals (that’s “people who behave like animals”) were hunting white people: they come from the south side of Chicago, and their victims live on the north side. From CBS Chicago (June 6):
Three of the teens – Dvonte Sikes, 17, of the 7500 block of South Normal Avenue [map 1]; Travolus Pickett, 17, of the 8400 block of South Dorchester avenue [map 2]; and Derodte Wright, 18, of the 3500 block of South State Street [map 3] — have been charged as adults with felony robbery and mob action.
… The attacks are raising serious concerns about safety in the busy, Manhattan-like neighborhood [Streeterville] just north of downtown.
In the same article, we learn that this has been going on for months:
A man walking his dog early Monday morning said he is so disturbed by the flash mob attacks that he is planning on moving out of the neighborhood. He said the latest incidents are not isolated, and the flash mobs have been hitting the area for several months.
And speaking of victim blaming:
Asked whether tourists and people wanting to enjoy the lakefront should be concerned, [Police Supt. Garry] McCarthy said, “No. No. But, what we do have to do is have awareness. You don’t want to walk in dark areas by yourself after having a fight at a bar with a friend and you’re going home. We still have to pay attention to common-sense things to do. We have to be aware. That’s the nature of the world today. But, nobody should be afraid of this.”
Yeah, I’m sure black thugs only ever attack white people and Japanese oncologists after bar fights.
Returning to Kern’s article:
There are circumstances when race may be relevant, such as describing a criminal suspect being sought by police. But this description must be accompanied by other detailed information, such as height, weight, scars, clothing, etc. By adhering to this practice, we guard against subjecting an entire group of people to suspicion because of the color of their skin.
Kern’s fantasy world: blacks are exactly the same as white people (except that only white people are racist, obviously), because race is only skin deep. Therefore it would be irrational and racist to be suspicious of blacks. But our white readers are sooooo stupid. If we tell them the race of the thugs who are attacking them, they’ll start thinking irrational, racist things.
Reality: blacks are less intelligent and more criminal than white people (not to mention hundreds of times more racist), and this seems to have a significant genetic (innate) component. In particular, race is genetic. Therefore it is rational to be suspicious of blacks. But Gerould W. Kern of the Chicago Tribune lives in a rich white neighborhood, far away from black savages. If you mention unflattering things about them, he will call you racist.
The story had another dimension: The public discussion that followed the attacks. That did involve race.
Tribune columnists John Kass, Mary Schmich and Dawn Turner Trice wrote extensively about fears, perceptions, accusations and assumptions regarding the role of race in these attacks. These commentaries took the temperature of this public debate and put it in context.
Justified fears, accurate perceptions, well-founded accusations, empirically supported assumptions — don’t worry: all of it vanishes in the proper race-denialist “context.”
We’ll deal with those clowns later.