Tribune: “black” is to “criminal” as “Muslim” is to “terrorist”
Jun 24th, 2011 by Unamused
Chicago is under attack by “packs” (source) of “wild” blacks (source), and Dawn Turner Trice of the Tribune is worried about racism. No, not black criminals targeting white people. In “Mob attacks: Fear, too, is often skin deep” (rating: 1.5 stars) she disregards that inconvenient fact, just like she disregards the victims — the actual victims of actual crimes — so she can devote 450 words to condemning future potential racial profiling (which is justified) and Chicago residents’ fear of black thugs (which is also justified).
I am the mother of a 16-year-old daughter. But if I had a 16-year-old son instead, I wouldn’t want him to hang out downtown with his buds this summer. I’d be afraid the group would be racially profiled.
Yes, Ms. Trice is black, and she’s terribly frightened her hypothetical son would be subject to greater police scrutiny — that’s suspicious looks — and maybe even questioning (the horror!), just because he (hypothetically) happens to be a member of a visually distinguishable population with an outrageously high crime rate compared to non-members (even after controlling for poverty, unemployment, and lack of education — you know, all those bullshit liberal excuses for black thugs). Sort of like how men have a high crime rate compared to women, which of course is exactly why Ms. Trice isn’t concerned about her (actual) daughter suffering racial profiling.
Logic, Ms. Trice: try it sometime.
Last weekend, a mob of youths attacked people in Streeterville and along the Gold Coast and the lakefront. The group’s activities have sparked an array of emotions and a whole lot of conversation, at the core of which is: How does a person become part of a marauding band that attacks a 68-year-old?
Speak for yourself. The core of my conversation is: when are the Chicago police going to realize that they’ll get accused of “racism” no matter what they do, so they might as well be proactive and treat blacks the way they claim they’re being treated now, for instance by questioning every young black man found wandering around a white part of town at night? Now that might actually prevent crime.
Whatever the explanation, we won’t find the answer in their race. And yet, that’s exactly where some people have been searching. And though the phrase “flash mob” has been used for attacks like this — creating an aura of something that happened quickly — the ramifications are complex and anything but cut and dried.
We won’t find the answer in their race? Well, that settles that. By the way, according to the 2000 census, Chicago is 36.77 percent black, 4.35 percent Asian, and 41.97 percent white (including some Hispanics). Northwestern University estimates there were 15–20 attackers (CBS Chicago), and at least 5 attacks occurred over the weekend in question (Chicago Tribune). If a randomly-selected mob of 15 people attacked 5 random victims every day in Chicago, then by chance the attackers would all be black and their victims white or Asian* an average of once every 423,000 years.
*As far as I can tell, four of the victims were white (one confirmed) and one of them was Japanese — he was one of the two visiting oncologists (Chicago Tribune). The media will not report the victims’ races, but I’m positive they would if they could show that black thugs were attacking other blacks. (Can there really be any doubt about this?)
There’s nothing about being black that makes a person inherently predatory. The same is true of being a young black male. It’s too bad that young black men have become the poster children for so many of society’s ills.
Really? There’s nothing about being black that makes a person inherently** predatory? On what evidence do you base that conclusion, Ms. Trice? You’re obviously wrong about young black males (testosterone, anyone?). As for black people in general, please note the following.
- race is genetic (sources here)
- all human behavioral traits are heritable (source)
- criminality is a human behavioral trait (duh)
- blacks are more criminal than whites — more likely to commit crime, especially violent crime, multiple-offender crime, and inter-racial crime (data and sources here)
- race differences in criminality persist after controlling for socioeconomic status (source, p. 66)
- there is an 81 percent correlation between the level of violent crime in an area and the proportion of blacks and Hispanics; this correlation only drops to 78 percent after controlling for poverty, unemployment, and lack of education (source)
**Remember: we at Unamusement Park always speak in probabilities (as in “blacks are inherently — meaning genetically — more likely to commit crime”), not absolutes (as in “all blacks are criminals, grrrr I hate them SO MUCH”), because — well, because we’re not idiots, and we understand means and correlations and other such things. Our opponents evidently do not.
What happened over the weekend appears to have been vicious crimes of opportunity — totally senseless acts carried out by totally senseless people.
Let’s review some of the details of these “crimes of opportunity,” which occurred in Streeterville, about 6 to 13 miles from the homes of the three blacks charged as adults with felony robbery and mob action. From the Tribune:
The first victim, insurance salesman Krzysztof Wilkowski, 34, said he was sitting on his motor scooter checking his cellphone around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit in the head with a baseball, which knocked his helmet off.
“The next thing I know is I’m being hit by the helmet, then being dragged into the street,” Wilkowski said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was broad daylight outside, there were people around, and this happened.”
Moments later, Singer, who was sitting on a park bench smoking a cigar and typing an email, was attacked by members of the same group. The teens then ran east to Lake Shore Drive, where they allegedly attacked the doctor from Japan and two other people along the bike path just south of Chicago Avenue.
Well, those sure sound like “crimes of opportunity” to me! You were saying, Ms. Trice?
Still, race has been and will be front and center. Going forward this summer, some gatherings of black kids will almost certainly be singled out. We’ve heard of “driving while black.” Well, we can prepare for “walking while black” or “sitting on a bench while black.”
Thank God for that! Question every last one of them, I say.
I don’t envy the police who have to balance keeping downtown safe for the city’s residents and tourists while remaining racially sensitive. It’s as difficult a task as trying to predict who’s going to slip a bomb into his or her shoe and get on an airplane.
No comment necessary.
It’s too bad that the young black guys who are strivers and law-abiding continue to be rendered invisible by the bad guys.
“Black thugs are attacking white people? Oh, won’t someone please think of the poor striving black men, and how those awful white people keep rendering them invisible by forcing the bad — I’m sorry, morally disadvantaged black men to roam around their neighborhoods, beating and robbing them. I mean, what were they thinking? Flaunting their Blackberries and iPads and oncology conventions, and just a twenty-minute drive from the ghetto!”
Obvious racial bias: black thugs target white people. Less obvious racial bias: black reporter cares more about “young black guys who are strivers” being “rendered invisible” by (white) racists than she does about actual victims of actual crimes.
And yet, I know fear is real. And mobs in general, and mobs of young black men in particular, spark fear. I have felt it.
We all are hardwired for survival mode. We want to categorize and try to figure out who the bad guys are. We look for cues and clues, and race just happens to be an easy one. But our answer to why a terrible crime was committed can’t be distilled down to race alone.
Ms. Trice? I’m Doctor Unamused. I’m afraid you have a bad case of the SLAWBs — that’s Stupid, Liberal, Anti-White Bigotry. It’s common among African-Americans. Symptoms include:
- inability to think clearly when it comes to blacks
- repetitive chanting (“racism… racism… racism…”)
- writing for the Tribune
What’s that? A cure? Well… it’s risky, very risky, but many patients respond positively to prolonged exposure to inner-city youths.
The ones that survive the treatment, that is.