Are Race Riots News?

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When I first saw a book with the title, “White Girl Bleed A Lot” by Colin Flaherty, I instantly knew what it was about, even though I had not seen the book reviewed anywhere, and knew nothing about the author.

That is because I had encountered that phrase before, while doing research for the four new chapters on intellectuals and race that I added to the revised edition of my own book, “Intellectuals and Society,” published this year.

That phrase was spoken by a member of a mob of young blacks who attacked whites at random at a Fourth of July celebration in Milwaukee last year. What I was appalled to learn, in the course of my research, was that such race riots have occurred in other cities across the United States in recent years — and that the national mainstream media usually ignore these riots.

Where the violence is too widespread and too widely known locally to be ignored, both the local media and public officials often describe what happened as unspecified “young people” attacking unspecified victims for unspecified reasons. But videos of the attacks often reveal both the racial nature of these attacks and the racial hostility expressed by the attackers.

Are race riots not news?

Ignoring racial violence only guarantees that it will get worse. The Chicago Tribune has publicly rationalized its filtering out of any racial identification of attackers and their victims, even though the media do not hesitate to mention race when decrying statistical disparities in arrest or imprisonment rates.

Such mob attacks have become so frequent in Chicago that officials promoting conventions there have recently complained to the mayor that the city is going to lose business if such widespread violence is not brought under control.

But neither these officials nor the mayor nor most of the media use that four-letter word, “race.” It would not be politically correct or politically convenient in an election year.

Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is even greater than I had discovered from my own research.

He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities across America.

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  • Chezwick

    Sowell is THE MAN!!! I'll buy Flaherty's book just on his endorsement.

    • Looking4Sanity

      My thought precisely.

    • Colin Flaherty

      you sir, are a man of most excellent judgement. … colin flaherty

  • Stephan

    This is once again one of those articles I think some authors at Frontpage Magazine should have German translations like the articles by Daniel Pipes have translations.

  • reason1984

    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. (George Orwell)

  • JasonPappas

    This article complements Ingrid Carlqvist's article (see yesterday's article on Sweden). The media is complicit in whitewashing racial or Islamic violence. They are intimidated–indeed, paralyzed–by potential charges of bigotry, racism, or prejudice. Silence, however, enables evil to grow.

    • JasonPappas

      PS. Victor Davis Hanson has a good article covering similar ground on National Review Online. See "Barack the Healer", July 17, 2012.

  • Philip Smeeton

    The United States is a nation under threat from recent immigration. It can be said that everyone not Native American is a descendant of an immigrant, however after Columbus America evolved a cohesive European-American English-speaking culture that works.

    • jm323

      I'm puzzled by your comment, because Thomas Sowell's article has nothing to do with the issue of "recent immigration". This phenomenon that Sowell is referring to is an exclusively African American one. There is not a single hispanic (or white or asian) face among those "youths" engaged in these flash mobs of stores. It's not Hispanics who are playing the game of "knock-out king" and otherwise engaging in unprovoked attacks on white people out on the streets, on buses, in parks, in restaurants, etc.

      • Jane Larson Baer

        there are Latino (illegal immigrant Mexicans) here in Santa Cruz California who have attacked and killed white people for the color of their skin. Those are the complete innocents,in addition there are hundreds of dead whites who were from here who had become junkies and overdosed becasue of the sales (pushy sales) by illegal immigrant Mexicans here

        • jm323

          I want you to provide me a link showing cases where Latinoes are attacking whites, as you say, for the color of their skin.

          Jane, tell me, are you a junkie who is dying because of "pushy" drug peddlers? No? Neither am I. Because there's no reason for either of us start abusing ourselves that way; and if we did, it would be our own fault. I entirely reject the nonsense notion of the "drug PUSHER". That concept is just a means of evading responsibility of governing our own lives –shifting the blame of our own self-destruction onto others.

  • tagalog

    EVERYONE in the Americas is an immigrant, or a descendant of immigrants. EVERYONE in the Americas came to these two continents from somewhere else, beginning with the so-called "Native Americans," whose ancestors came here across the land bridge to Alaska from Asia (or by sea along the western coastline from Asia, as recent research claims).

    • albert

      in fact no two people on earth are more than 50th cousins apart

      • tagalog

        They might even be more closely related than that, if the Toba Catastrophe bottleneck theory is true.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Thanks for saving me the trouble of pointing that out!

  • goemon

    Anyone behind these recent flash mobs? Who motivates them? Do they all have something in common, like going to BLT churches? If we get too many race riots with too many races some might say our over-burdened military requires U.N. troops in USA. I guess that is kind of the idea here.

  • jm323

    (Second attempt, FPM censored the first one)– I was saying I just bought Colin Flaherty's book, "White Girl Bleed A Lot" at Amazon.

    I think FPM readers should check out Flaherty's webpage dedicated to this book ….(maybe that's why my first attempt at posting this didn't make it –because I typed in the website address and a filter thought the posting was spam….)…. anyway, it's h(yper) t(ext) t(ransfer) p(rotocol), colon, slash-slash, book's title, dot, com.

    It was interesting just reading all of the comments on that page.

    • Colin Flaherty

      what was interesting?

  • Looking4Sanity

    If there IS hope left in this country, it can be found in the example of honest intelligence and courage displayed by Dr. Sowell, and those wise enough to heed his words.

  • Drakken

    I really wonder when one of these flash mobs run into the wrong white and the race hustlers blame the white for defending himself and his family? Those days are coming I see.

    • davarin

      Ah that second ammendment option. You gotta love the equalizer, that could turn the tables quick.

    • Schlomotion

      You must think you're the "wrong white."

    • ebonystone

      It's already happened: when juvenile delinquent thug Treyvon Martin ran into Zimmerman. Admittedly, Treyvon was just one thug, not a mob, but the principle is the same.

  • Schlomotion

    They do squash reporting of riots. The Cincinnati riots of 2001 were mentioned on the news for about four seconds without the hyped up emotion reserved for Justin Bieber's fall down the stairs. In that four seconds, there was a clip of a man running down the street, wildly firing a gun. The tone of the tiny instant of coverage was quite a mismatch. Four days of rioting, four seconds of matter-of-fact reporting, and they certainly didn't mention that it was sparked by Cincinnati Police killing 40 unarmed black males. If they were Jewish, the newspapers would have asked why there is a systematic pogrom Over the Rhine by the police. In this case, it's all Al Sharpton's fault.

  • Ghostwriter

    Never resist a chance to bash Jews,don't you,Schlomind? Although most black people are appalled by what's going on,there are few venues to express such things. They keep it private as not to have problems from the small group of troublemakers who do. Unfortunately,you're no help because you're a reprehensible bigot,who despises Jews with each breath you take.

    • BS77

      Schlomuck is a liar and an idiot. Don't reply to the night crawler..