The New Face of Racism

art24k-1-webWhat do you think the face of racism looks like? The snarling, ugly, crooked teeth, hunched back, and stove-pipe hat of a Simon Legree?

Come on, man. This is 2013.

The face of racism today is pretty. Polished. Smooth talking. Cloying. It looks like the face to the left.

This is the Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, soon to represent the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The same place in the news for black-on-Jewish violence. Most recently taking the form of what people are calling the Knockout Game.

Call it what you will, in Crown Heights it features black people attacking Jewish people. Then laughing. And if there is a bit of robbery involved, that’s all good too.

The solons at the New York Times may be trying to figure out if  the Knockout Game is real or a figment of this correspondent’s imagination. But Jewish people in Crown Heights are way past that: They know they are under constant threat of black mob violence. Whatever we are calling it this year.

That is nothing new for this neighborhood: I documented black on Jewish violence in Crown Heights and other areas in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to American and How the Media Ignore It. (The Amazon #1 Best Selling Civil Rights Book in America, thank you very much!)

And if you want to go back to 1991, I was happy to see a recent article where the author pointed out the Crown Heights riots of that year so ably abetted by Al Sharpton were not “fights.” They were attacks. And city leaders allowed them to continue for three days.

The soon-to-be honorable Cumbo is also way past any doubt whether blacks are systematically beating and terrorizing Jewish people in Crown Heights. “As an African American woman, this is challenging, because I recognize that it is Black children and not Jewish children that are playing the ‘Knock Out Game’,” she said on her Facebook page — with approving comments from Eliot Spitzer, no less.

Cumbo is also way past explaining racial violence. That’s old news as well. Though she does go through the motions with a few half-hearted stabs at this institution failing that, this leader not talking about that.

Everyone knows that.

Cumbo is now in full reparations mode. Thanks to, we learned from the soon-to-be councilwoman how:

“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes,” Cumbo wrote in the 1,200-word letter, which was emailed to supporters and posted on her Facebook page.

“I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains. While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”

She added that these sentiments among black Crown Heights residents “offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens could conceivably commit a ‘hate crime’ against a community that they know very little about.”

Jewish success not their success?

This is the language of extortion. Blackmail. All we need is one final admission that she and her constituents don’t want it all, just enough to get their “beaks wet.”  Toss in a few references to Al Sharpton’s diamond merchants and that completes the circle.

And you thought the face of racism and extortion was Simon Legree threatening to whip you if you did not hand over a fistful of silver dollars.

Come on, man.

Cumbo continues with lots of talk about history, and mutual understanding and how are we going to stop the violence and increase understanding and, my second-favorite: Why do we just care about it when it happens to Jews, and ignore black-on-black violence?

Only surpassed by these additional musings to her Facebook postings, where she identifies the real victims of the Crown Heights beat downs: Black people.

The recent November 26th article published in The Jewish Week, paints African American teens in a dangerous light, and could cause the vast majority of innocent young people of color to be seen as criminals in the Crown Heights community as a result of the actions of a dangerous small minority.

A classic script-flipping move: Please tell me you noticed how all of a sudden the victims are the predators. And the predators, victims.

And somehow, on some level, Jews are responsible for the violence against them. If not, why offer to meet to resolve the differences? When in fact the only real disagreement is whether black people should systematically and spontaneously — but not randomly — assault Jews in Brooklyn.

Now that Cumbo has re-established the natural order of life in Crown Heights, all that is left is a meeting or two to set the terms of surrender. And the amount of reparations.

It won’t take long.


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  • veeper

    The only time anyone in the black community gets off their butt is to attack someone or blame someone for their lack of success…..

    tired of hearing this same old cry baby story…..

    get off your lazy butts, get a new story or just shut up…..

    • Lumpy Rutherford

      End welfare and they’ll have no choice…

  • AlexanderGofen

    America bending back before blacks – all was predicted by Vladimir Ufland in 1958:

    America is changing rapidly.
    The Negroes quickly gain the power
    And soon the famous Lady Liberty
    Will be repainted in black powder.

    Then “disadvantaged” and the poor ones
    Will mock the millionaires blatantly
    While Anglo-Saxon-Whitey Puritans
    Will rush to mimic Negroes ardently.

    They will respect the Negroes dearly
    And glorify the blackest fellow,
    And Whiteys, walking with humility,
    Will bow the first to every Negro.

  • AlexanderGofen

    Mark Zaltsberg (a retired scientist) asks:

    How did it happen that for more than 30 years we humiliate ourselves before the people who are the least developed not only in America, but in the entire planet? (in Russian)

    Well, it all was predicted by Vladimir Ufland already in 1958:

    America is changing rapidly.
    The Negroes quickly gain the power
    And soon the famous Lady Liberty
    Will be repainted in black powder.

    Then “disadvantaged” and the poor ones
    Will mock the millionaires blatantly
    While Anglo-Saxon-Whitey Puritans
    Will rush to mimic Negroes ardently.

    They will respect the Negroes dearly
    And glorify the blackest fellow,
    And Whiteys, walking with humility,
    Will bow the first to every Negro.

    • moriah steiner

      Chillingly apropos.

  • For every Jew a B-52

    Time to arm the Crown Heights Jews and set them loose!

    • James Keir Baughman

      Sadly, exactly right! The only safe answer to mob violence. A CCW for every civilized person and training to use it perfectly.

    • defcon 4

      I like your pseudonym. But if might be tough to fit a B-52 in your garage…

  • Flicker

    Yes, yes, yes. The roving hordes of huns and Rus and every other migrant bandit tribe that rode into town, looted it, burned it, and left to return same time next year, all were truly tormented that the accomplishments of the these other farming communities triggered feelings of resentment, and a sense that the farmers’ success are not also their successes.

    Let’s hear more about how resentment of those who don’t have a tenacious grip on family values and unity leading to strong political, economic and cultural gains is a reasonable culturally-relevant alternative view and clarifies attacking Jews in Crown Heights.

    • LoJoFo

      So, the blacks only get a “sense” that the Jews accomplishment are not their own. Maybe if they look a little longer, they’ll see the reality.

      • Basileus

        They are incapable of doing so. Remember the “affirmative action” of sending blacks and hispanics through college 10 & 15 years ago ? That was an expensive disaster. Given the chance, and they couldn’t do it, so whined and demanded instead. It wasn’t “their fault” they failed – it was “racism”

  • Berceuse

    My only disagreement with this article is the word “New” in the headline. In fact, there is nothing new about racism among blacks nor among black elected officials and civic leaders.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    If it’s ” Challenging” for her to hold African Americans responsible for their violence, she’s part of the problem – not the solution!

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    (“I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains. While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”)

    What a stupid azzhole! We should all aspire to be losers so that other losers don’t feel resentful!

  • tagalog

    On Ms. Cumbo: isn’t it interesting that as soon as racism gets another moment of traction, somebody comes along to revive the idea of restitution in which blacks get some more free money?

    • Basileus

      Contribute nothing, and only take and demand more, and rant about how “badly they ar treated”. Like the muslims in Europe

    • Lumpy Rutherford

      To be perfectly fair, EVERY black person that’s EVER been a slave should be paid reparations. All others should STFU…

      • tagalog

        I’d be OK with that, restitution for all black people who can show that they were formerly slaves in the U.S.

        I’d even be OK with arriving at some non-bankrupting figure to pay ALL blacks who are the descendants of slaves, if it were part of the deal that it would be a one-time payment, and there would NEVER be another word said about slavery making the United States an institutionally racist society on pain of having to pay it all back. No more racial extortion by the grievance industry.

  • Big Jim 33

    Black racism gets rewarded in our backwards country.

  • publius

    She may look the part of an educated representative but basically she is just another dumb fuck

    • kikorikid

      Come on Publius cut loose, tell us how you really feel.

    • Lumpy Rutherford

      To quote (more of less) Charley Daniels, “…she may look dumb, but that’s just a disguise…”

  • Robert_Fl

    There is nothing new about this racism. These racists have merely been emboldened by the racist behavior of obama and Holder.

  • Brhurdle

    There is an issue that I don’t understand. The Northeastern Jewish population is said to be solidly Democrat. The foundation of this ideology is to share the wealth and eliminate inequality. Obviously there is a disconnect since this article indicates that the violence is motivated by a great difference in wealth. Will the Jewish population continue to vote Democrat while maintaining an economic disparity or will they convert to voting Republican and support an ideology of personal responsibility aided by charitable assistance. I suspect that it will be more of the same with government expected to even the score using OPM.

    • Carlos_Perera

      Actually, the Hasidic Jews of Crown Heights tend to vote Republican, and, in the mayoral election just past, voted by large margins for Joe Lhota, the Republican alternative to Bill de Blasio. Unfortunately, for the moment they are outnumbered by their secularized, affluent Jewish counterparts in other parts of the city, e.g., the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Fortunately, Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, not the secularized or Reform/Conservative ones, have large families, and so are the growing sub-demographic among Northeastern Jews. Unfortunately, their autochthonous population growth is being countered by large-scale Third World immigration, mostly from Latin America and Asia. (Northeast Democrats can read demographic growth trends too.)

    • Charles Sutter

      You bring up a very interesting point. I am a Conservative Christian Zionist who understands the situation fully. I have the answer to your premise. Hard working, family oriented, highly educated Jewish citizens truly mean well. They have been indoctrinated by the “ancestors” for many generations into thinking the Democratic Party is the place for charity and progressive thought. However, this progressive thought is at the detriment of their families, and the very heart of a peaceful and productive existence in our country. How could Jewish people vote for this rabid Anti-Semite and Anti-American? Easy, the indoctrination of them by the well intentioned ancestors has morphed into the title of the book, “Liberalism is a Mental Illness.” This is the answer!!

      • Hy Feiber

        Jews politically, are Stepford Voters.


        If Louis Farrakhan were nominated for President as a D, I’m convinced many Jews would vote for him over an R.

    • fush

      Assimilated Jews have lost so much of their heritage that the only thing they really remember is that Jesus = Bad. Also in their mineds Republicans = Jesus. Its not the most nuanced of reasoning, but that’s more or less the reasoning.

  • celador2

    Paying blacks not to attacks Jews is a big mistake that none will make in Crown Heights. Blacks get a pass for black on black crime and black on other racial crime with others always being blamed. Money can not buy self respect and self sufficiency.
    Get jobs, any job that pays you to work. Do it and move on to a higher paying job. Become a functioning member of the community and providers even taxpayer.
    No subsides from welfare. That is the way to be republicans. Its not a secret and family values are open to all who want them.

  • musterion

    How many ways is this woman wrong?

    Black children? I’m sorry sweetheart these are not 7 year olds, but teenagers.
    You respect the Jewish Family values? Perhaps if your constituents adopted those same values, they would be as successful materially. How many of your constituents have grow up in multiple generation families with no husbands and fathers? How many of the single mothers have multiple children by multiple fathers (or should I say sperm contributors–they are only fathers in the most limited biological sense). How outraged would you be if a few Jewish children decided that enough was enough and decided mete out what has been meted to them?

    • Charles Sutter

      You are correct sir!!

    • American1969

      Here, here!

  • Charles Sutter

    My question is; who voted for this lunatic councilwomen? Sad to say the truth is she is the enemy. She is part of the unfounded hatred that she and others of her mindset have for the Jewish community and Jews in general. Instead of hating try emulating! Try having a productive life. Work, raise kids and stay together in the marriage if possible. Instead of being resentful of the Jewish community try being more like them. Don’t strike them on the street because they are successful emulate their successes. It is time for unity of the Jewish people to protect themselves and their families. When the Jews strike back they will be called “racists” for not allowing themselves to be beat up or killed. Never again should a Jewish innocent be persecuted for religion or color of skin. Rise up in Crown Heights and demand that those who hurt them be made responsible for their actions. Never Again!!

    • aemoreira81

      Most likely, she ran unopposed, as outside of Staten Island, the Republican Party in NYC is extremely weak.

  • Hy Feiber

    Those darn Jews, what right do they have to be successful anyway?

  • Gamal

    When a successful organization or group makes an area better prices of housing and land goes up. This happened around my University, the University of Pennsylvania. Penn is surrounded on the West North and South by high crime areas. Penn has a huge police force and has reduced crime in it’s immediate vicinity. When Penn wanted to expand West various members of the community protested. I’m sure that many wanted Penn to expand since it would make their homes safer but there were those who protested because their living expenses would have gone up. Of course their standard of living would have gone up too e.g. not being mugged but these communists idiots didn’t think that way. In fact if you’re not mugged so often you might have more money in your pocket even if your rent is higher. Penn agreed not to expand Westward and as a result the area has remained a high crime area.
    If an area improves and residents can’t afford to live there they can move. In the case West of Penn there are plenty of cheap homes in high crime areas begging for renters. If there was a shortage of housing new housing could be built but only if it’s profitable for the builders. With DeBlasio in charge it is going to become much harder to make a profit building new homes. Ironically the administration Laurie Cumbo is a part of is going to make it harder to find housing for the people who complain they are being pushed out since it will make it harder to build new housing. They like to pose as supporting the poor but they actually hurt the poor which is so typical of the left.
    Another thing we should remember when Laurie Cumbo talks about blacks being pushed out is that there used to be many more whites in Brooklyn. They were pushed out by black crime.
    How will Laurie Cumbo and DeBlasio bring social justice to what they argue is an unjust situation? With extreme rent control of course. The result of extreme rent control is that there is no money to maintain buildings and you get slums. The other result of course is that no one builds more housing because they know they will lose money.

  • Stosh777

    It is grimly humorous to hear Laurie Cumbo complain about blacks being forced out of Crown Heights by gentrification. I grew up in Crown Heights in the ’60s, and remember the black invasion (and yes, it was an invasion) of the neighborhood acutely. White kids (including myself) regularly assaulted and shaken down for change by blacks, one friend of mine had his hand shoved through a cast iron fence spike; dramatic increase in crime. Had my first encounters with anti-Semitism back then; many blacks seem to imbibe it with their mother’s milk. By the end of that decade, the only whites left were the Lubavitchers. Turnabout is fair play, even if 50 years late.

  • Xanadau

    I said for
    the past 20 years, racism in this nation will never go away or be defeated,
    why?? because “they” dont want it too, simply do basic math, all those
    who use it would be denied all that fat cash they receive by playing it to the
    hilt, my goodness , it should be so obvious to anyone with even a fourth grade
    education, thats basic math, “they” dont want to give up all the
    freebies they get on account of our “white” guilt and all the bad
    feelings we have about something our great, great , great grandparents did or
    even didn’t do, we need to atone for our evil wickedness towards the darker
    skinned persons of the world for all our wickedness. Isn’t it obvious, now their
    even claiming its the “Jews” fault for what they’re doing…they
    never have nor ever will accept responsibility for ehir own behavior or
    actions, it’s easier to point the finger and blame someone, anyone else, just
    like a child would do when caught doing something they know in their heart and
    mind to be wrong, point the finger, blame someone else and try your damndest to
    get away as quick and clean as possible…

  • danshanteal

    Does Billie still have an office up in Harlem? As the first black president , you would have thought he would retire to Crown Heights of thereabouts along with Al
    and Charlie. This lady sees the world through her own experiences and is sharing them with the public at large. Simply tune her out like Maxine and the others.

  • RoxanneRoxanadana

    More important is her comparing a murder to this situation, obviously to say it’s not the worst thing on earth. Of course that’s true! No one is saying these persons, who have sometimes committed manslaughter, are murderers. But murder should never be compared with any other crime, for it is the purest evil. One can contrast murder, but to say that anything else has anything in common with it (such as, in this case, a public response) is to ignore a vital moral point. Indeed, one reason for concentrating on this problem is to prevent these thugs from becoming like this White alleged thrill kill couple:

  • exbuckeye

    She must forget WHO marched WITH Rev King! It was Jewish people!!!!
    Im kinda sorry some of my ancestors died at Chickamaugh Ga in Sep. 1863,
    fighting to set these people free.

    • Dallas25305

      Hussein Obama doesn’t want that. He doesn’t want another of his imaginary sons Trayvon getting shot. Now if it’s just black hood rats beating and killing Jews and other Whites then it’s no problem. Nothing to see here as Obozo, Holder, Shapeton and Jackson see it.

  • Lumpy Rutherford

    This is the problem we encounter with “sensible” gun control. The more “sensible” it is, the more empowered violent criminals seem to be. How about redefining “sensible gun control” as being “one shot, one kill”? That should protect the innocent, while weeding the violent from the gene pool…

  • American1969

    After reading her comments about Jews, this broad sounds like Adolf Hitler! Blaming the Jews for the problems in the black community? Same thing they say about whites—-and probably anyone else if these morons get the chance.
    Perhaps the black community should do a little self-examination and clean up it’s own act. The rest of us are tired of your tantrums and demands. No one owes you people anything!