Stop Fixating on Black Violence -- If You Can
Bill Moyers and Ta-Nehisi Coates really wish everybody would stop fixating on black violence and concentrate instead on what causes it: relentless white racism that can only be cured with copious quantities of cash for programs and reparations.
Though that is probably redundant.
But Bill and Ta-Nehisi have a problem: there is just so much to fixate on. Even as all eyes were on Baltimore and the networks paraded one talking head after another explaining why black people are so violent and why they are so happy the six cops were arrested for killing a prisoner, more violence just kept erupting around the country.
In the Baltimore suburb of Dundalk the night before Riot Week began, 20 black people attacked an old white dude after he asked them to stop fighting and destroying property in front of his house. He is in coma and in critical condition, so he could not hear how the reporters thought this case of black on white violence, so common in Baltimore, was so irrelevant to their narrative of black victimization.
And oh yeah, that had been happening there a long time.
Anyone remember Maryland state legislator Pat McDonough calling on then-Governor O’Malley to declare downtown Baltimore a No-Travel Zone because black people were terrorizing tourists there? Or how about the black gang that took over the Baltimore jail, running it for years before anyone noticed? Or all the cases of black on white violence on video, some gruesome, some fatal, all deemed insignificant?
None of the reporters did.
About the same time in that center of racial violence, Altoona, Pennsylvania, a large group of black people attacked the manager of a McDonald’s after he started taking pictures of them attacking his customers.
And oh yeah, that had been happening there a long time.
The same night as the Altoona escapade, Brian Kilmeade tried to convince the audience of the "Kelly File" on Fox News that rapper Killer Mike was really nice guy and a “deep thinker,” despite his lyrics which urged listeners to “unite and kill the police, mothaf*cka.”
Black protestors did not kill any of the police they united to attack in Baltimore. Not for lack of trying. But they did send 100 coppers to the emergency room. And burned a few dozen cars, including police cruisers. All because cops had been picking on them For No Reason What So Ever.
In a warmup for riot week, 100 black people fought and destroyed property in and around East Detrtoit High School. And no one remembers when it was not like that all the time.
In Roanoke, one night prior to the official start of black mob violence week in Baltimore, police exchanged gunfire with a local thug after breaking up a large episode of black mob violence downtown.
Bill and Ta-Nehisi alternately explain how this violence did not happen. Or is not important. Or white people deserve it. Take your pick: Ignoring it is the best option for all.
In Colorado Springs, on Saturday night, May 1st, 200 black people surrounded police officers and assaulted them with rocks and the debris. In the parking lot, locals complained of damaged vehicles. A spokeswoman for the sheriff reassured the gentle people of the Springs that she was pretty sure there were not more than 200 people involved in the violence, property destruction, and assaults on police.
Not to worry, Michelle Malkin was not injured in any way in this violence in her adopted hometown.
In Charleston, South Carolina, the Sunday of Baltimore Riot Week, local media reported an episode of “youthful mischief gone awry” that resulted in a few black people assaulting a few old white people.
By Tuesday, to their credit, the Post and Courier presented a better picture: 60 black people were rampaging through downtown, assaulting, robbing, taunting, harassing and threatening. The butcher’s bill came to more than a dozen victims, some with broken bones in their face, including a pizza delivery person whom they dragged out of his car, assaulted and robbed.
None of the assailants were considerate enough to record their lawlessness on video, but 911 calls captured the aftermath, available here.
In Pittsburgh this weekend, hundreds of black people destroyed property and assaulted people in and out of the Kennywood Amusement park. Local press called it a “near-riot,” and assured their audiences that other than that, everything was just fine in the park.
Said one local: “This breaks my heart. Kennywood is my best ever amusement park with great roller coasters. It’s a classic old time park that these animals have no respect for.”
Said another: “This is the same group of kids that terrorized the Monroeville Mall,” referring to the black mob violence that is now a regular feature of life in and around this once popular shopping destination.
Local press made no mention of the dozens of episodes of recent black mob violence in and fairs and carnivals and amusement parks over the last two years, leading some to close and others to wish they had.
All documented in that scintillating best seller: Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry: The hoax of black victimization.
In Myrtle Beach on Saturday night, dozens of black people rampaged through downtown, robbing and destroying property in a clothing store, then creating violence and havoc in the area around the store. On video.
All just a few days after Bill and Ta-Nehisi begged us to stop paying attention. Which of course would be a lot easier if it stopped happening.
Colin Flaherty is the author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller, Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry.