Busting out all over: Black mob violence

Busting out all over: Black mob violence

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Published: 20 hours ago

Colin Flaherty

Welcome to the new normal: Large-scale black mob violence is busting out in Philadelphia, Chicago, Utica, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Wilmington (Delaware), Greenville (South Carolina), Grand Rapids, Peoria, Springfield (Ohio), Newark, Boston and Brooklyn.

All in the last three weeks.

Police say they are baffled. Others say it is a regular meteorological event: “Large crowds and fights are not uncommon in the city in the warm weather,” said the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.

The latest example of the new normal took place Tuesday in Philadelphia: 200 black people on the streets of the downtown financial district: fighting, vandalizing, rampaging, refusing to disperse, tossing bottles at police. It began at 4 p.m. and took police 90 minutes to restore order.

At the epicenter of the violence, an employee of Wendy’s said no one was surprised.

“It usually happens when the weather breaks,” Lakia Garrick told the local Fox affiliate. “They come in here and go crazy. It was really expected.”

Fourteen black people were arrested and charged with misdemeanors.

The riot came less than a month after the political and media establishment of Philadelphia rose up in outrage at an article in Philadelphia Magazine called “Being White in Philly.”

The article documented how racial violence was an every day fact of life in the City of Brotherly Love; and how most white people were afraid to talk about it because they were afraid of being called a racist.

Or as the Philadelphia Inquirer put it: The article was seen as “dwelling on negative experiences that whites had with blacks that often fit into racial stereotypes.”

Mayor Nutter asked the city’s Human Relations Commission to investigate the author and the magazine.

Perhaps they could call Brandon Jones as a witness. Temple University hired Jones to get to the bottom of these large scale violent events in Philadelphia two years ago. He explained the widespread black mob violence in the area to Diverse Issues in Higher Education: “He understands the high energy level of youths and the need ‘to blow off some steam.’”

Meanwhile, the television stations in Philadelphia are being extra vigilant to ban from their message boards any Philadelphia Magazine-style comments attributing the violence to race. That is why George says his comments were removed from the ABC news site:

“I am honored that the uneducated censor that monitors this board removed my previous post. Since when is it against ‘Posting Policy’ to request people not jump to conclusions when there is a large fight in the city? Tsk Tsk, honesty certainly is not anything you are acquainted with. You must be a Philly School graduate. Anyway, I grew up in the city & there were MANY HOT days & nights and we NEVER started or were involved in fights with 200 people or 10 people. I imagine in the words of Michael Vick, ‘It is a cultural thing’.”

Glenn noticed the same thing: “They wiped out pretty much the whole first wave of comments. No grace for stating the obvious.”

The rest of the country has been busy as well.

In St. Louis, 65 hours earlier, police responded to reports of a mob of 100 to 200 black people fighting and shooting guns at Leclede’s Landing, near the famous arch. Police refused to release an incident report on the violence, other than to say they thought it was a flash mob.

One man was shot. He was also the only one arrested after police found marijuana in his clothing at the hospital.

Kevin McBryan told KSDK TV news that racial violence in St. Louis is not hard to document: “I witnessed ‘flash mobs’ running thru VP fairs sucker punching white people on 3 different occasions.”

The VP Fair is an annual St. Louis celebration held in the same area commemorating the “Veiled Prophet.”

This practice is version of racial violence often called the Knockout Game and many say it originated in St. Louis. A local judge recently said that one person alone was responsible for more than 300 cases of the Knockout Game.

These racial attacks, and more than 500 others in 90 cities around the country, are documented in book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”

A few hours earlier in Utica, N.Y., more than 100 black people were having a “riot.”

Officers described the scene as “very chaotic with numerous fights breaking out,” said the local NBC affiliate.

“Police say they were greatly outnumbered.” Six black people were arrested.

And a few hours before that, police had to fire pepper spray at “groups of people fighting in the East Bluff, just minutes before a double shooting in South Peoria left one person dead.” All of the people were black.

No one was arrested.

And a few hours before that in Jacksonville, Fla., a mob of at least 15 black people attacked a man walking home from the grocery story. Two Good Samaritans who came to his assistance saved him from further harm as the mob scattered at their approach.

First Coast News was the only local media outlet to report the attack. Several residents of Jacksonville wondered about the news blackout:

“Have heard nothing about it here,” said one reader replying to a WND account of the mob violence. “I will ask the TV channels and the newspaper: What gives?”

In Greenville, S.C., a few days before that, a group of 20- 30 black people rampaged through downtown, assaulting, vandalizing and robbing in at least three separate incidents. One on video.

Just a few days before that, in Wilmington, Del., a mob of more than 100 black people were fighting in the streets. One person was shot, police described the action as a “large fight” and no one seemed alarmed or thought it was anything out of the ordinary.

A few days before that, in a suburb of Newark, N.J., police reported the latest in a series of violent robberies targeting Hispanic day laborers. NJ.com reported a man had “been robbed by a group of six African-American males.”

In Chicago, one week before that, 500 black people rampaged through the upscale shopping district known as the Magnificent Mile. They destroyed property, assaulted at least one police officer, sent one other person to the hospital with injuries.

Local media referred to members of the violent mob as “mischievous teens.” And Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell suggested the rioters should lose their Facebook pages as punishment.

Chicago Alderman Emma Mitts told the Chicago Sun-Times that we are way past that:

“They’re taking over the streets. They’re taking over the restaurants,” Mitts told the Sun Times. Mitts said it’s not only happening in downtown but also in other Chicago neighborhoods. “They dance all over the street [and] in the restaurants, and they’re stopping traffic.”

Mitts and other aldermen want to make sure the parents get counseling.

In the Boston area, two weeks before that, a group of 15 to 30 black people surrounded a bus at 1:15 a.m. and attacked the driver. “It is unclear what prompted the assault,” dutifully reported Metro.us.

Police arrested one suspect after receiving a tip that he was bragging about his exploits on Twitter, said the Boston Globe. “My hands hurt from last night,” he said in a Tweet. His lawyer said although that may have been his account, there was no proof her client was the one who sent it out.

Prosecutors say he was part of “more than a dozen people who charged onto the bus and began assaulting the driver, while another group attacked him through the bus window,” said the Globe.

The night before that, in New York, demonstrations protesting a police shooting turned violent. Dozens of black people looted a Brooklyn drug store, on video, during a protest on police violence.

And did I mention the “large fights” in Louisiana, South Carolina, Ohio, and, again, New Jersey? All this month?

More and more local news sites are allowing fewer and fewer comments from readers about the racial violence. Some shut down the comments altogether when the topic is race. Others purge comments frequently.

But where the topic is discussed, the race of the offenders is often discussed. Most people want to know why. In Philadelphia, Ron Bockman suggested a better headline for the CBS story: “Correct headline, Large Disturbance Of Black Teens Gathers In Center City Philadelphia.”

Others say anyone who notices is a racist.

Post Script: And Wednesday of this week, two hours after this story was written, in Springfield, Ohio, 50 black people fought police with aluminum baseball bats at 4 p.m. Three people were arrested and charged with rioting.

See the Big List of black mob violence.


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  • I grew up in Dayton, Ohio. From the time I was six until I was a Sophmore in HS my parents rented. We were a middle class family on a tight budget, and due to two great parents we three kids never had to do without what we needed. My parents finally had enough money saved to buy a home in a better part of Dayton. It was a proud, stately home with a good school. I graduated in '64 and it was the last good year there. I left home for "greener pastures" When I would visit I was disappointed and sadened by the change that had come over those wonderful neighborhoods. Due to the "Equal Housing Act" the blacks had moved into the area. Some good and some bad. The couple that had moved next door to my parents were good upstanding black people with a son and daughter. One day my parents noticed a "For Sale" sign in the front yard of their home. The lady told my mother she was ashamed of her own kind for what they had done to the area. It had become so crime ridden they just wanted out. The once proud homes were bombed and burned, the neighborhood drugstore that I used to walk to had been broken into several times and they got tired of replacing the large window so it was boarded up, and later closed. The park up the street from my house was over run by gangs and no longer safe. My old school was gang controlled. My younger brother only went there 3 days when he became a Freshman and then refused to go back because he was ganged up on. A young black man was shot, fell and died on the sidewalk in front of my parents house. This was all due to the lower caste system of the black race. I was very bitter. I questioned why, if they got what they wanted which were better homes, did they not appreciate it? I told myself they just wanted to prove that they could take what we had to prove a point. I really don't think they'd be happy no matter what they are given. They were offered equality and they spit on it.

  • Roger Mowery: My last name is "Binkley" not "Brinkley". But that's ok, all the telemarketers get it wrong too. The reason I have proof that a caste system exists in the black community is because we have a friend who is a black man and when Obama was running for president in 2008 this man let out with a line of expletives about him that would make your head spin. I was shocked. I thought he'd surely be for him. He said then that if he got elected the whole country would be sorry. He must have known something none of us did. I just wish he could have spread his word among the black community and maybe some of them would have listened. Blacks can tell when their own kind is bad just like we know "white trash" when we see it.

  • Whites are the problem and the solution. We are the dominent influence-(for the time being). We don't take a stand to defend the right-Our stand is taken in the stadiums while the Nation burns.

  • They say that whites are the problem??????????????

  • I knew that this day was coming the minute Obama was sworn in

  • Thank you Mindy  Robinson.  Your very calm assessment, well worded, properly spelled and punctuated, is refreshing.  I grew up in the inner city of Chicago.  When I was a youth, the world was my oyster.  I rode my bicycle, took public transportation or walked anywhere I wished.  I was aware of danger but not crippled by it.  Lack of resolve to enforce laws, by the government, allowed my neighborhood to continue to change over time until my parents home was finally torched by neighbor kids.  By the way, everyone involved was white.  Ghetto mentality knows no color.  Hopelessness combined with lack of morality makes a deadly cocktail especially when bad behavior is often excused and even rewarded by the establishment.

  • ok www.americasvoicenow.org  title enough enough Michael Evens enjoy going to church bye r

  • Roger Mowery: Your govt. grant statement was hillarious! I never cared much for watermellon anyway.

  • Sherry: I watched the Plack Panther video and all I have to say is if they don't want to be shot down in the streets by police like animals then they whouldn't act like animals. And some of the law enforcement are black officers. I don't think they're scaring the white people anymore because they're tired of all this.

  • Mindy: I don't think these young black people that are rioting even care anymore what the reason is. I have noticed there is a caste system among blacks.  These out of control people are members of their lower caste. They're the uneducated, primitive, angry ones who wouldn't think anything rational if they were bound and gagged. This caste of blacks makes their race look bad. The civilized public view them as substandard citizens. I believe they are capable of logic and reason but they prefer not to use these civilized human traits. Incapable of caring for themselves? No, but they prefer not to. The point here is that they have not been forced to be responsible for their own selves. They have been given a choice and they have chosen wrong. They say they want equality, but that's a sham. They still want to be taken care of by the white people. A hundred years of freedom has not brought them better than this because they didn't take the right advantage of that freedom. Notice how many occupy our prisons. If they want to act like substandard citizens the public will continue to view them as such. I felt sorry for them all the time I was growing up and clear into adulthood but I don't anymore because my eyes were opened.

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