Why can't we talk about the black role in flash mobs?

There has been a lot of ink spilled about the lack of blacks in technology.  Just 49 of Twitter's 3,000 employees are black.  Only 1.5% of Facebook employees are black.  But one area where young blacks have been overwhelmingly overrepresented in technology is in flash mobs.

Flash mobs are people who organize through Facebook or Twitter or other social media for the purposes of meeting at a place and performing an activity.  Sometimes the activity is harmless, like performing a dance routine, but often it involves illegality and violence, such as attacking people and looting stores.  AT had a classic example only yesterday, where a Walmart got ransacked.

And the video showed that most of the participants were black.  It's hardly an isolated incident.  Flash mobs frequently gather to rob stores or beat up white people.

At the Wisconsin State fair, groups of black teens numbering anywhere from 25 to 100 “were targeting anyone who was white or appeared to look white,” and beating them, according to the local police chief. At least 18 people were injured, and 30 have been arrested.In Denver, white couples leaving restaurants were being attacked by groups of black men with baseball bats.

Anna TaylorEmily Guendelsberger, and Thomas Fitzgerald were beaten to the ground and stomped in separate black flash-mob attacks in Philadelphia.According to local news, police have battled large, black flash-mob beatings and vandalism “every weekend in July,” in Greensboro, NC. A young white woman was taunted and beaten by a black mob in Milwaukee, with one attacker saying, “White girl bleeds a lot.”

And yet the race of the mob is rarely talked about.  If a mob of white people attacked blacks, we would hear about it to no end.

Why can't we say that a disproportionate percentage of flash mob participants are blacks?  Because in our society, saying the behavior of a black person or a group of black people is unacceptable leaves you open to claims that you're a racist.  It's much safer to talk about the Confederate flag or the 7% of black murder victims who are killed by non-blacks.

But why can't we criticize anyone of any race, based on behaviors?  Let's give it a try.  Why are these kids going out late at night and doing these acts of violence and robbery?  Where are their parents?  Some of them don't have fathers, but they do have mothers, right?  Why are their mothers not monitoring where they are and what they are doing?  The high black participation level in flash mobs is clearly a failure of parenting.  We should be able to have a conversation about this and talk about the poor parenting of some black parents.  If Michelle Obama were concerned about black children, she would be talking about this, not carrots and lettuce.

We are forced to live in a 1984-type environment where we have to pretend that root causes either don't exist or are falsely correlated with unrelated things like flags.  I notice that President Obama never looks at store security footage and says that some of the people in it look like they could be his children.  He never starts a national conversation about race when black children are participating in a flash mob.

We need to be able to break the taboo about criticizing bad behavior among some black people.  The more of us who talk about it, the more acceptable it will become.  But if we are silent, we become almost willing participants in this increasingly unequal racial society we live in.

This article was produced by NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.

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