Keeping a lid on the explosive nature of flash mob violence in our largest cities is very difficult - especially since the fuse has already been lit. AT's political correspondent Rich Baehr points us to this interview at Frontpagemag.com with Colin Flaherty, author of the new book White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence and How the Media Ignore It.
A sample from the interview with FPM's editor Jamie Glazov:
FP: Colin Flaherty, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Let's begin with what inspired you to write this book.
Flaherty: Thanks Jamie.
My brother and I were doing a talk radio show in WDEL Wilmington, Delaware when I read a story about something called a flash mob on the streets of Philadelphia. This was two years ago. Then it happened again and again. Finally I looked at it on YouTube, and the violence and mayhem I saw on video was totally different than the antiseptic account I read in the newspapers in Philadelphia. Everyone involved was black. So I asked a few reporters: "What's up with this race riot in Philadelphia?" They said it was not a race riot and I was imagining things. "Did you see the videos?" I asked. "Well, everyone is black but race has nothing to do with it."
The riots kept happening, in Philadelphia and elsewhere. I kept asking people what was going on. They kept denying anything was going on.
So I decided I would write a book for the people who denied the reality of this horrific racial violence and mayhem. And that was it: No explanations. No solutions. No apologies. Just that these things are happening all over the country and it cannot be good that so many people are so aggressively denying it.
FP: So what did you discover while writing the book?
Flaherty: I found out almost right away that there are two problems: One, racial violence; and two, liberal reporters and public officials who condone, explain, and even lie about it. I realized the problem was much worse than I, or anyone else thought.
Most urban newspapers actually have policies where they don't identify the race of the attacker or the victim. But in Chicago, you can usually identify the race of the victim from where the attack occurs -- quiet, middle or upper class white neighborhoods. But the attackers are invariably described as "youths" thus hiding the racial overtones to the attack.
Why the outbreak of this flash mob violence?
Ten years, if we had this conversation, they would have said the same thing: "It's not happening. You are imagining it." But today, many of these episodes are on YouTube. And that tells the real story. And part of that story is the reality of the music and video that are a part of their lives. For every horrific example of mob violence and mayhem, there is a popular video by a popular artist glorifying it. Looting, making crack cocaine, killing delivery drivers, beating up white people, rioting and stealing to name a few. These are highly produced, very professional songs and videos by the biggest names in hip hop that sell millions of copies and get millions of views.
The denial extends to the top city officials in Chicago:
Sure, Chicago. Memorial Day 2011. Chicago had been the site of a series of black mob attacks in all different parts of the city. In the downtown, the gay area, the public transportation, and the beaches, to name a few. So during the Memorial Day holiday in 2011, hundreds and hundreds of black people descended on North Avenue Beach and starting beating up people, knocking them off their bikes, wreaking havoc. The next day, the city closed the beach. They said they did it, not because of the mob violence - they denied mob violence even took place there. They said they closed it because it was too hot. A local radio station got the 911 calls, and people who were there called the station, and that showed that the beach was the site of a big civil disturbance, and the police administrators were not telling the truth about it.
Incredible. And the press is colluding with city officials because they don't want to be blamed for stoking race hatred.
The first step to solving this problem is being honest enough to admit it exists. Don't hold your breath for that to happen as city officials across the country have too much invested in their silence.