Visit Chicago for a Rollickin' Clockwork Orange Time, O My Brothers
O my brothers, we see these five hundred or more teenies, so described by those lovelies on the toddlin' town's nighttimey news tube, makin' merry along the Unmagnificent Magnificent Mile of glitterin' stores full of glossy bobbles and toys, and fine fooderies with silky girlies and suited men, eatin' all proper-like and quaffin' heady grapey reds and grapey whites like the toddlin' town still has the Ol' Abe Lincoln Park Zooey confinements swung closed and locked up tight with the nasty beasties inside them snug-like. Except don't be roamin' the Unmagnificent Magnificent Mile after your quaffin' and belly-fillin' or puttin' shiny-like bobbles and toys in big glitzy baggies, nights, 'cause those teenies are out prowlin, lookin' for pumpkin-headies to smash; lookin' for moodges to give the ol' crack in the ribbies and do nasties to silky girlies and blue-black K.O. their beaus' eye-sockets.
O my brothers, we see these five hundred or more teenies, so described by those lovelies on the toddlin' town's nighttimey news tube, makin' merry along the Unmagnificent Magnificent Mile of glitterin' stores full of glossy bobbles and toys, and fine fooderies with silky girlies and suited men, eatin' all proper-like and quaffin' heady grapey reds and grapey whites like the toddlin' town still has the Ol' Abe Lincoln Park Zooey confinements swung closed and locked up tight with the nasty beasties inside them snug-like.
Except don't be roamin' the Unmagnificent Magnificent Mile after your quaffin' and belly-fillin' or puttin' shiny-like bobbles and toys in big glitzy baggies, nights, 'cause those teenies are out prowlin, lookin' for pumpkin-headies to smash; lookin' for moodges to give the ol' crack in the ribbies and do nasties to silky girlies and blue-black K.O. their beaus' eye-sockets.
Anthony Burgess did it much better in his classic A Clockwork Orange. But you get the point. Consider Chicago the first stop of your summertime tour of America's "Clockwork Orange" cities. Chicago -- where the adults have given way to the kids, feral in behavior, who take to the streets to assault passersby, vandalize property, steal, and, least but not last, bully luckless citizens. The list of cities will lengthen, assuredly. The nation may be in for a long, hot summer of urban street violence.
Crowds of black teens (though saying so is really forbidden, lest we get tagged as racists) took to Michigan Avenue and other Chicago streets just before Easter in a night of playful rampaging and violence. The mobs even went after a cop on a horse. Whites were mostly the targets, but so were law-abiding blacks and Hispanics who happened to get in the way. Assaulted Hispanics and blacks might want to rethink integration -- for their sakes. Stay away from whitey, for health and happiness.
The droogs have leapt from the pages of Burgess' novel (and Kubrick's film) onto Michigan Avenue. For now the droogs are black, but the flash mobbing or wildings, as they're termed, will spread, just like rap and the retched ghetto culture that goes with it. A Rainbow Coalition of youth mob violence will a-born. It's all part of the societal and cultural decay that's endemic in modern America.
Unlike the dimwitted droogs, the black teen versions employ the internet and social media to organize their wildings (more like use social media to build mass; what happens after that is mostly bedlam with injury, thievery, and destruction as aims).
Chicago has always done violence with such conspicuousness, drama, and flare. The Haymarket Riot was more lethal. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre had more panache. But flash mobs are more frightening in their randomness; the seeming inanity of attacking people who have done nothing to you does lends an air of dementia to the choreography of street violence drama.
Flash mobs are happening in New York and Philadelphia, and in other cities, too. But mobs in the Big Apple haven't captured the nation's fancy like Chicago. A while ago, Philly lassoed national media focus when Mayor Michael Nutter tongue-lashed urban black kids for their hijinks. But Chicago retains its status as Ground Zero for black flash mob violence.
Why have black teens taken to attacking whites, looting stores, and destroying property in flash mobs? Why are flash mobs presently a phenomenon nearly exclusively associated with black youth?
Dr. Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University, writing for the liberal Huffington Post in the wake of the 2011 Philadelphia mobs, offered his ideas. Watkins is worth quoting at length (of course, commentary gleefully added):
I can't help but notice how the creation of flash mobs is probably the first time in recent memory that black teenagers have gotten this much attention from media or public officials. Rather than focusing on the teenagers who are doing great things with their lives, the media loves to put a spotlight on the few [500 or more in Chicago] scary looking black kids who decide to rob a store on a Saturday night [or, en masse, harass and beat hapless pedestrians]. In spite of the media bias [Chicago television news outlets deliberately omitted identifying the mobbing teens as black], there are quite a few reasons that the media, Mayor Nutter and the rest of us could have been paying attention to black teenagers in the past.
We could have spent time addressing the 40 percent unemployment rate of black teens all across America [President Obama's stellar economic stimulus program solved black youth unemployment, no?]. Public officials seem to forget that an idle mind is the devil's workshop [Au contraire. Lib pols just don't care and pretend that the hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money thrown annually at poverty actually works]... when you combine a hot summer with nothing productive to do, teenagers are going to find their own ways to use that free time [like volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels programs or giving time at homeless shelters?].
Mayor Nutter and other critics of these errant [criminal] teenagers could have also taken note of the fact that Philadelphia has the most racially segregated public school system in the entire United States. Suburban kids are getting all they need to build a great future, while inner city kids are only learning how to join flash mobs [thanks to corrupt black-dominated city Democratic political machines, compassionate liberal social policies, and teachers' unions that ain't in it for the chil'ren].
Finally, there could have been a spotlight shed on the dramatic rise in black teen homicides in Chicago, Philadelphia and other major urban centers across America [thanks to the destruction of the poor black family over decades, fatherless black homes by the score, an inner-city drug and gang culture that substitutes for legitimate family and community]. But of course, this doesn't make the news because it's not an inconvenience to everyone else [it doesn't make the news because it would shine a spotlight on the complete failure of liberalism and the venality and incompetence of the pols who run the cities]. Also, politicians who might decide to change gun laws to curb the violence would miss out on financial contributions from gun manufacturers [that's right, money-flushed drug dealers, from mules all the way up to kingpins, aren't finding ways of buying guns on the black market. Silly us].
So, in all of his righteous outrage, I would ask Mayor Nutter this: Who is a greater embarrassment to their race? The teenager who is led astray because adults have neglected him, or the black political figure who silently administers and maintains the most racially segregated school system in the entire country? [Half right, doc. That would be the black leaders who foster victimization, anger, and resentment among their own and profit from maintaining their fellow blacks as a victimized class.]
Dr. Boyce is groping toward the light, we can tell. Let's hope he gets there. In the meantime, read A Clockwork Orange, doc. The reality of flash mobs is scarier than fiction, but some fiction chillingly illuminates.