THE RISE OF BLACK-ON-WHITE VIOLENCE
By Alan Caruba
There was no such outcry, however, when, a month later on March 26, 2012, a 50-year-old white man was attacked and beaten with a hammer by two black teens, in Midway, Florida, just six miles from Sanford. The Orlando Sentinel published a description of the attackers, but neglected to mention their race. One of them had just finished a seventeen month prison sentence.
On May 9, the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, published an article, “Group of 10 or 15 ‘thugs’ rob and beat 5 people following Prudential Center concert, cops say.” There was no reference to their race in the article, and, when I emailed the reporter for clarification, I received no response.
This kind of double standard is rampant in the reporting of black-on-white attacks, and Colin Flaherty, a radio host on WDEL, Wilmington, Delaware, and a writer who has won more than forty awards for his work, has recently published White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Race Riots to America and How The Media Ignore It, a book that chronicles a trend that is receiving little media attention and one which local police authorities tend to avoid discussing.
The book is not a racist screed. It is the reporting of events.
It is also an appalling record of violence against whites that must be addressed or political correctness will doom any chance of dealing with it. In the introduction to his book, Flaherty writes:
The book is a chronicle of black-on-white violence in recent years. “In Chicago,” Flaherty notes, “after weeks of racial violence, where the newspapers refused to mention the crime, was almost exclusively black gangs on individual whites, the Superintendent of Police said he knew what was causing the violence: Sarah Palin.”
“A member of Congress from Chicago, Bobby Rush, said black violence in Chicago was routine and the only reason anyone was paying any attention to the race riots in downtown Chicago was because it was black on white violence.”
“The riots on the streets of South Philly had ‘no racial component’ and were ‘nothing much’ said the Mayor until events forced him to acknowledge the obvious: black people were taking racial violence to a new level.”
Flaherty says “The deniers fall somewhere in between two points; [on] one hand, they say the racial violence is not happening. On the other, they say it is, but everyone already knows it — and it is happening for a good reason. Sometimes they say both.”
“As I started to unravel the threads of these attacks,” writes Flaherty, “it became clear right away that this was happening all over the country for at least a year or two. And that newspapers were underreporting it — when they reported it at all.”
As the Memorial Day weekend approaches at the end of the month, Flaherty warns about Black Beach Week in Miami Beach and Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, Florida, along with Speed Week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
For the past decade, the events in Florida “have become the center of the universe of the world’s biggest black beach party. The City doesn’t really host the party. People just show up.” The events are distinguished by “Shootings, assaults on police, mountains of trash, [and] violence against people and property on a scale that can only be called anarchistic.”
These are not isolated events. The pattern was repeated in Indianapolis, Indiana, during its annual Black Expo and in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the several day party that precedes the annual Coca Cola 600, a NASCAR event. In 2011, an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 blacks rioted, resulting in one of the City’s largest mass arrests. Charlotte will be the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In July, 2010, in Milwaukee, some ten to twenty white youths were enjoying a Fourth of July fireworks show when they were set upon by a gang of blacks. In Minneapolis in 2011 more than 800 black people “marauded through downtown followed a few days later by an incident when twenty black women beat a white woman after she confronted them about harassing her child.
In city after city throughout America — Akron, Rochester, Atlantic City, Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston, Seattle, Las Vegas, Detroit, Denver, and even the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., Flaherty documents riots and attacks that can no longer be ignored or seen as isolated events.
It is just too easy to pass this off as “black anger.” It is racism and the Zimmerman-Martin killing is just the tip of the iceberg. Despite decades since the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, legislation that was passed to redress the wrongs of the past against black Americans, some blacks retain a malignant hatred directed against whites.
The Return of Race Riots to America portends that the Summer of 2012 could reflect this trend. It is a warning to the leaders in both the black and white communities to condemn it and to the nation’s media to do something other than ignore or exploit it.
The reality is that we are going to be hearing a lot more from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan -- who thrive on such violence -- and the real tragedy is that millions of law-abiding black citizens will be branded by such behavior.
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Alan Caruba's commentaries are posted daily at Warning Signs, his popular blog -- and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. His monthly report on new books is posted at Bookviews.
A business and science writer, Caruba is the Founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information
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