Black, Brown and Obama

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and From Mainline to Sideline. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason and many other publications.


A federal hate-crimes indictment highlights differences in response between Barack Obama and previous presidents when racists target blacks with violence.

The Feb. 8 Department of Justice press release says that members of the Compton 155 gang, whose members call themselves “nigger killers” (the release spells it out N***** Killers) or “NKs,” use “violence and threats of violence in an effort to drive African-Americans out of their ‘territory’ on the west side of Compton.” Further, “[t]o instill fear in African-Americans, members of the gang tag their gang moniker and ‘NK’ throughout their ‘territory.’”

In the Los Angeles Times story, over the Christmas holidays a mother, three teenagers and a 10-year-old, all black, moved into a home in Compton. Soon four men in a black SUV pulled up, called a 19-year-old family friend a “nigger,” then drew a gun and beat him with metal pipes.

The DOJ explains that more than 15 gang members “went to the victims’ home and threatened them by yelling racial slurs and warning the juveniles that they did not belong in the neighborhood. During this time, a member of the gang smashed one of the windows of the house.” In the Times account, the attackers came back almost daily “yelling racial insults and telling them to leave.” According to the police, none of the family members has anything to do with any gang.

Compton councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux told the Times “That’s blatant to tell a family you can’t live in this area because you are black. That’s just shocking.” But the violent campaign of racial hatred is not limited to one incident or to historically black areas.

San Bernardino, Highland Park, Pacoima, Canoga Park and other areas have seen similar attacks going back over a decade. As the Times noted, in Azusa, gang leaders were sentenced to prison terms for “leading a policy of attacking African American residents and expelling them from the town.” Federal authorities charge that “the Mexican Mafia prison gang has ordered street gangs under its control to attack African Americans.”

A violent racist campaign of that magnitude failed to draw a specific response from California Governor Jerry Brown, a former candidate for president. Brown preached his tax increase in black churches but he holds a politically correct attitude toward violent criminals from accredited victim groups. In his previous stint as governor, Brown refused to extradite Dennis Banks of the American Indian Movement, a fugitive from a courthouse gun battle in South Dakota.

Brown’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has supported injunctions against gangs but did not devote special attention to the violent racists targeting black people. Aside from the hate-crime indictment, neither did U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. President Obama did not rise to the defense of embattled blacks nor issue warnings to those attempting to drive African American residents from their own neighborhoods. That marks a sharp contrast to past presidents in times of racial violence.

In 1957, before the Civil Rights Act, Arkansas segregationists, including governor Orval Faubus, barred nine black students from attending Central High School in Little Rock. The New York Times story described a  “shrieking mob” forcing the students to withdraw. President Dwight Eisenhower, a white Republican, responded by sending federal troops – 1,000 members of the 101stAirborne – to protect the students and guarantee their access to education.

The anti-black racists in southern California, by contrast, are not blocking access to schools. Rather they are using violence and threats to terrorize blacks and drive them from their very homes and neighborhoods. This campaign has gone on for a decade yet, even under the nation’s first black president, the victims have not received federal help anywhere near the extent of Eisenhower’s action. The explanation doubtless lies with the perpetrators.

One may be sure that if a shrieking mob from the Newport Beach Yacht Club told a family of newly arrived blacks that “niggers” were not welcome in Newport Beach, state and federal action would be quite different. Those actually evicting blacks are “Latinos,” an accredited victim group currently demanding amnesty and other special favors, which President Obama wants to give them.

Meanwhile, gangs controlled by the Mexican Mafia have been conducting what amounts to an ethnic cleansing campaign against African Americans in southern California. The police say they won’t tolerate it but after a decade it’s pretty clear they are. So is the governor of California and President Obama. Federal troops might not be the right response but it will take more than a hate-crime indictment to protect blacks from terror at the hands of violent racists.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    IF the left truly cared for the fate of Blacks, they would hardly allow them (as well as other minorities, they claim to care about) to languish in failing schools, let alone be browbeaten out of neighborhoods. Moreover, the fact that Blacks are targeted by OTHER Black criminals, yet little is done to address this, also proves that safety is not the regime's overall concern. Black on Black crime is endemic.

    In other words, whichever victim group is the flavor of the month, for political expediency, will be the one who gains their assists. After all, the Radical-in-Chief has a Racialist-in-Chief as his chief law enforcement officer. Alas, who governs like this, but a political opportunist? http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/27/barack-hussei

    The fish stinks from the head up.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Adina, I appreciate your enthusiasm but let's be honest: Blacks are not languishing in failing schools; they are failing in school. It isn't the school's fault if the students don't care, don't study, don't try and use their opportunity at education to engage in violence and intimidation and assorted disruptive behaviors. As far as being "browbeaten out of neighborhoods" is concerned, in the 1960's blacks used outrageous violence to ethnically cleanse Jews out of the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston so that banks could make money giving loans to unqualified blacks under a federal program and nobody uttered a peep. Nor was there a whole lot of protest when black on white crime cleansed Jews and other white people out of neighborhoods in New York and numerous other cities. As for black on black crime, it is CONSTANTLY talked about. Not so concerning black on white, Asian or Latino crime. What goes around comes around.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Adina, I appreciate your enthusiasm but let's be honest: Blacks are not languishing in failing schools; they are failing in school. It isn't the school's fault if the students don't care, don't study, don't try and use their opportunity at education to engage in violence and intimidation and assorted disruptive behaviors. As far as being "browbeaten out of neighborhoods" is concerned, in the 1960's blacks used outrageous violence to ethnically cleanse Jews out of the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston so that banks could make money giving loans to unqualified blacks under a federal program and nobody uttered a peep. Nor was there a whole lot of protest when black on white crime cleansed Jews and other white people out of neighborhoods in New York and numerous other cities. As for black on black crime, it is CONSTANTLY talked about. Not so concerning black on white, Asian or Latino crime. What goes around comes around.

  • Mary Sue

    B-b-but didn't the George Zimmerman thing teach us that Hispanics are actually white? [/sarcasm]

  • Rocco

    If you were the Casting Director, who would be your choices for actors n the movie "California Burning"?

    • GUest

      Ed Asner as Jerry Brown.

    • Mary Sue

      Ah-nuld as Ahnuld, "GET TO DAH CHOPPAH!"

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      Joe Kapp as the police chief, maybe?

  • UCSPanther

    Welcome to LA: Your little slice of the Balkans in your own back yard.

    • tanstaafl

      Excellent description.

  • Tina Trent

    A few onservations. First of all, further Balkinization of the criminal code is the problem, not the solution.

    Second, hate crime laws were never intended to do anything except present the public with a steady diet of images of white offenders oppressing various minorities. Thus, black offenders attacking Hispanics are no more likely to be prosecuted.

    Third, California's hate crime prosecutors invented the utterly fabricated gang versus hate distinction in order to make these laws more malleable to political ends.

    Fourth, the designation of Hispanic offends as "white" and Hispanic victims as "Hispanic" has resulted in an unknown quantity of projection of blame from Hispanic offenders onto faceless whites. Faceless because too close an examination of facts would lead to awareness of this ugly, federally mandated deceit.

    The only solution is elimination of the hate crimes regime, not encouragement. It is utterly corrupt and blights law enforcement itself.

    • truth to power

      Thank you Tina for making the point I intended to make. If a racial hate crime is committed by a Hispanic person against an Anglo white, it gets added to as a "white" committer of a racial hate crime. I am fairly certain if Hispanics were counted not only as vicims, but a offenders, whites would make up less than 50 percent of the people committing racial hate crimes even though they make up more than 50% of the population.

      (For any leftist reading this, I'l make it abundanly clear that Republicans do NOT think whites are any morally better. After all whites are and asians are the greatest mass murderers of all time consider the crimes of the German National Socialists, Soviet Communists, Chinese Communists, Imperial Japanese and Arab genocidal murders in Armenia and India.) The point is the Left uses misleading statistics to create more animosity hatred and divisiveness. We need to identify what are our top problems to deal with racial hatred rather than cover them up so as not be be politically incorrect.

  • NHTom

    I may be a little slow on the uptake, but it occurs to me that with the democrats it's all a numbers game. There are more Hispanic votes than black votes to pander. It doesn't matter if those who lose are your own group.

    At least they're pandering for votes instead of simply declaring a dictatorship.

    I guess they're just waiting until they have all of our guns.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      I think you've hit on the essential issue regarding pandering to various ethnic/racial groups: the number of votes and the political influence.

  • jimi belton

    Has not the history proven that Blacks are no different from any other group, allow them a majority in any 'hood' and they will be shooting everyone and their own…Read about the level of death and destruction that comes to a theater, daily, from the 'burbs' of Chicago…Oh please do not make these poor downtrodden Negro`s look like they are so innocent….Read the book, "White girl bleed a lot"…America is in the final stages of manouver, before there is a massive outbreak of violence through out this nation….Was it not Bill Ayers that taught his "student", HUSSIAN 0bamb0, that it would likely cost America 30 plus million lives to instill the Communist Republic of North America…

  • joe

    The American and Mexican governments make far too much money and gain too many votes to ever touch the millions of cartels,drug dealers and gangs who have infiltrated our country .

    The whole Dream Act is a myth. Only 3% of illegals work in farming here, 64% collect entitlements.Unemployment in Mexico is 4.4% ,they have decent healthcare ,education and their GDP is better than ours.The population is 110 million . Why pay to live in Mexico and get an education when it's free here. We have no shortage of workers when 1/2 of our population is on welfare or unemployed .

    The Mexican government encourages their poor,unemployed and criminals to immigrate here illegally.
    And drug cartels run fake id and transportation across the border for $2,000 – $15,000. muslims ,Indians and the Chinese are using it to pile into our country illegally along with S Americans.

  • joe

    Btw our government classifies hispanic ,Mexican etc as an ethnicity ,not a race.
    Race also has no measurement system. It is self identification . That is how Elizabeth Warren committed her fraudulent Cherokee claim. The Indians on the other hand still use blood quantum .

    Hate crime laws are basically a fraud. They are based on racial physical appearance,sexual preference claims and religious claims only.

    • Tina Trent

      Not quite, Joe. In my poorly spelled comment above, I note the use of ethnicity categories for counting victims, though not offenders. This is one way the activists game the system to increase the appearance of "hate by white men": the feds record "anti-Hiapanic hate crimes" in that specific designation for victims, but offenders are only recorded by race, not ethnicity, so Hispanic offenders are counted as either white or black, and my sense based on admittedly unscientific sampling is that white is by far the preferred category. In fact, I haven't found cases where the Hispanic offender is counted as a black one.

      Another way, used in California and I'm sure other places is to assign certain cases to the gang squad and others to the hate crimes squad, choices that are doubtlessly political in their nature.

      And nationality is counted, too, though it wasn't counted on Sept. 11, 2001, when 3,000 people were murdered for being Americans.

      All decisions regarding hate crimes are political decisions designed to promote politics of one stripe or another. Otherwise, nearly all crimes with discernible victims would be hate crimes.

      • Parenthetical Phrase

        Good points. The whole "hate crime" designation is ridiculous, highly political and basically boils down to punishing people for their opinions in addition to their actions. Murder by itself is a hate crime.

    • Kepha

      Re “hate crimes”:

      For the life of me, I could not identify a “love crime” or a “simple respect crime” to save my soul. I’ve always thought that if you love your neighbor or simply respect him, you won’t rob or kill him. period. We need to impeach and remove the judges and legislators who thought up the thing.

      • intrcptr2

        Hate crime is a linguistic redundancy, making it a logical fallacy, and hence a legal morass.

        • Mary Sue

          Yeah, but the Left exclusively uses it to refer to crimes that have no other motive than "bias" against the victim rather than say, robbery or the person called them a <bad word>.

  • tagalog

    Perhaps the two commentaries on blacks in America that are appearing on this website today signal the beginning of that long-desired (by Eric Holder) conversation on American race relations that we haven't had for the past 50 or 60 years.

  • Trebuchet

    Back in the 90's the Latino gangs tried to do the samething to the Armenians as their numbers grew up in Glendale. The Latinos started trying to intimidate the newly arrived Armenians and drive them out of Glendale. Well the Armenians had been dealing with the Turks and Soviets for along time and they took it to the Latinos and knocked the crud out of them, in fact the latino gangs were so shook they complained to the Sheriffs Dept about how they were getting mauled by the Armenians. Maybe the African-American community could hire some Armenian advisors?

    • Toa

      That's typical for these "ba-a-ad" gang types: for all their big talk about "snitches", they run off sniveling to the law about "oppression" when they run into something they can't handle.

    • Drakken

      And everyone wonders why nobody including leo's try to mess with the Russian mafia? When I was a Fed in Chicago, the Russians were coming in droves and the Italians,hispanic,black and Irish mafias were and are scare to death of them. For the Russians deal with anyone who is a threat with complete ruthless efficiency.

  • tagalog

    Interesting that the latest and most outrageous incidents of racial hostility are being carried out by two acknowledged racial minorities, not by whites on a minority group. I wonder if that will be spun by the news media, and, if so, how.

  • Chezwick

    Ethnic cleansing in our multicultural "paradise". What to do? What to do? For Brown and Obama, it's the old axiom: "When in doubt, punt"

  • liason

    Welcome to the liberal new amwrica…our gift to the future!!

  • Barakus abomidas

    They are not mexican or <hispanic> or latino. These spanish speaking men from <nk 55> are designated by the police as <<WHITE MALES>> counted and rated that way. Ive got all of those white americans fooled in so many ways they will never figure anything out. (unless its dictated to them)! B.H.O.

  • Questions

    So blacks now are getting a taste of the medicine they routinely dish out to innocent whites? Good riddance. I have no sympathy for these criminal homies. I detest Aztec immigrant criminals, of course, but if they and the blacks go to war it amounts to a sequel to the movie, "Alien vs. Predator."

    Third World = Third Class.

    • Mary Sue

      um, I'm pretty sure there's some perfectly decent and thus innocently victimized black families there. Now if they were dealing crack I could understand, but if they're not…

    • Ghostwriter

      Not every black person in America is a criminal,Questions. There are many innocent blacks who don't commit crimes. Your bigotry is becoming tiresome.

      • Questions

        And your naive, sanctimonious lecturing is even more tiresome.

  • IBDavid

    You want a country that rewards lawlessness, you've come to the right place. Just the talk of amnesty for the criminal aliens undermines our society, never mind that we'll actually reward the law breakers.

  • westie

    Maybe the Hispanics were just trying to keep their real estate investments from collapse. Just say no to the undertow!

  • intrcptr2

    Many people excoriate the Black Panthers, but it is this very situation that Newton et al demanded their 2nd Amendment rights to rectify; racists pushing black folk around. The real Black Panthers would have a number of red and green stripes on the barrels of their shotguns already.

    'Tis a pity that the NBPP is itself racist.
    Maybe the Tea Party should start smuggling weapons into Compton…

  • Jeff Bargholz

    I notice that the Mexicans don't target Whites or Asians for expulsion.

    • patron

      No, they just pump billions of dollars of drugs to their neighborhoods and make them suffer worse deaths.

      The best action Americans can take will be to stop spending their money on this junk which goes to awful monsters including people killing US soldiers in Afghanistan.