The irrelevance of "white racism" to the chaos in Missouri.
First they told us Michael Brown was a gentle giant. That wasn’t true. He was a thug, high on pot, fresh from a robbery a few minutes before a police officer killed him on the troubled streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
Then they told us this 18-year old, 6’4, 280-pounder was shot in the back, trying to get away. That’s not true either.
Then they told us the militarized police caused the days and nights of rioting. Not true. Or the curfew did. Not true. Or the lack of diversity on the police department was to blame. Not true either.
They said police had no reason to unleash a cloud of pepper spray and tear gas on the demonstrators. False as well, as dozens of rocks and bottles and bricks and molotov cocktails and burning storefronts and bullets testify.
This is a long list of things that were supposed to be true one day but were false the next. But by far, the biggest and the fattest lie to come out of Ferguson is the idea repeated from every news channel that somehow black people are victims of relentless violence at the hands of white people.
And that explains everything.
That is a Big, Fat falsehood.
And here is its corollary: The only reason reason black people are in prison in numbers three to four times greater than their percentage in the population is because of white racism that leads to over-policing in black neighborhoods.
That sentiment is easy enough to find on MSNBC and all the major black news sites. A few weeks ago, Congressman John Conyers of Detroit said the same thing during a committee meeting. “With enough time and officers in a certain location, it is only a matter of time before they find reasonable suspicion to stop, detain and arrest someone -- or many people.”
This is a linchpin of Critical Race Theory: White racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And it explains everything. Only its not just a theory any more: Today it is reality in schools, churches, homes, black web sites, black journalism groups and the streets of Ferguson.
But while CNN’s Don Lemon and his journalistic cohorts try to figure out just how bad white and Asian people are for creating all this racism that led to the violence and looting and shooting, more black mob violence and black-on-white crime proceeded apace in Ferguson and around the country. Largely unnoticed. A smattering:
Starting in Ferguson: On Wednesday of riot week, a man of unidentified race was attacked and sent to the hospital by a mob of unidentified race. Then we learned the victim was white. And the perpetrators were black. Though that has done nothing to disturb the narrative of relentless victimization of black people passed around like popcorn in front of TV cameras.
Please do not confuse this story with the four black people in Ferguson who beat a Home Depot vendor with a hammer. That was last summer.
Chances are, you never heard about either.
In Detroit, a crowd of black people attacked police after they shot a man who tried to run over them. They were trying to arrest him on gun charges.
In Philadelphia, a group of black people attacked and knocked out a white man who intervened when the black people were saying rude things to a group of women.
In Chicago, a group of black people rampaged, beat, and destroyed their way through an upscale neighborhood. A reporter said the violence wasn’t much. Cops said it was. And oh yeah, it happens a lot there.
Also in Chicago, repeated large fights and shootings caused several black night clubs downtown to close. On Wednesday of riot week at Hearts Night Club, four men were shot. Lamented one club owner: “All the events were shut down yesterday. There was not one African-American event in the downtown area,” says Teddy Gilmore, club manager.
In Minneapolis, an NFL player was one of nine wounded when they were caught in the cross fire at a large fight at a black club.
Of course, black mob violence came to at least one mall in St. Louis, outside of Ferguson, forcing it to close early. Officials say it had nothing to do with the Ferguson disturbances.
They may be right: Black mob violence was a regular featured of life in St. Louis long before Michael Brown learned how to use Swisher Sweets to smoke marijuana.
And let’s not forget to give St. Louis its props as the epicenter of the Knockout Game. A judge says one black person alone is responsible for more than 300 cases of this racial violence.
Lots of locals in St. Louis thought it was strange that anyone would try to plant the flag of racial victimization anywhere near there. From the Del Mar loop to downtown, St. Louis is the site of frequent and intense black mob violence. A lot of it documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.
Before Michael Brown started stealing cigars and shoving Asian shopkeepers, this was the most popular viral video in the Ferguson area that week:
“Video of a violent, unprovoked attack in St. Louis' Delmar Loop is spreading on social media sites,” said KMOV TV news. “The video, which was taken Sunday near the Pageant, shows a group of people punching and kicking a man who was walking on Delmar Boulevard on his way to the Metro stop.”
A black St. Louis talk show host said black people create regular and large-scale violence in this upscale entertainment district because the merchants and club owners do not “reach out” and make black people feel welcome.
The victim in this video was black. So were the attackers. Whatever that means.
In Washington, D.C. a news crew was robbed when they were doing a story on a “racist” app that showed people how to avoid high crime areas in largely black neighborhoods. Like the one they were in.
In Kansas City, a large group of black people fought and destroyed property and defied police at Lake Jacomo. A local TV reporter was kind enough to remind us how unusual it was that large groups of black people would gather at this recreational spot.
In the Bedford-Stuyvestant neighborhood of Brooklyn, at least one black person played the Knockout Game with a pregnant woman, leaving her on the street unconscious.
In Manhattan, the grainy video shows a black man with his arms folded waiting as a 72-year old man walks toward him. He then turns and delivers a Knockout Game punch to the head of the old man.
In the Charlotte area, a black man shot two police officers and a ten-year-old girl. He lived.
Over at CNN, Don Lemon and others say they understand the black rage and anger that created the violence in Ferguson. But there was no discussion of any rage the black mob violence may produce in or out of Ferguson. However silent.
For all the prevarications, one piece of truth came out in Ferguson: “The African-American community — youth in the African-American community in particular — has something against law enforcement in many ways. They don’t like law enforcement, and they don’t think law enforcement likes them.”
That came early on from James Knowles, the Mayor of Ferguson. But no one paid attention or repeated it.
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