7/8/11, "Minority Feelings and Violent Facts," American Thinker, John T. Bennett
"What is the most important thing about mobs of black teens attacking and seriously injuring innocent pedestrians and businesses? The feelings of teenagers who share the race of the attackers,
- according to Chicago's local CBS affiliate.
That's right: Mobs of teenagers have unleashed terror in the streets of Chicago and other cities in "flash mobs," and the best thing CBS in Chicago has to say about that is that black teenagers
- are worried about racial profiling.
George Orwell would shudder after reading this headline: "Some Worry Mob Attacks Are Encouraging Racial Profiling." In the story, a journalist interviews young black teens hanging out at North Avenue Beach, the scene of one of the mob attacks. We learn that some in this group "feel targeted as potential troublemakers because of recent attack mobs in the city." No one is alleging that profiling has occurred as a result of the flash mobs, just that it might, and that possibility bothers some teenagers. That's the subject matter of an entire news story in our post-racial America.
The subjective opinions of black teens matter as much as those of all other teens. But do those feelings matter enough to warrant a news story? Compare the triviality of that story with the full scope of flash mob attacks in Chicago:
In early June, witnesses reported that "gangbangers" were pushing people off their bikes at a Chicago beach. One witness told NBC local that "[t]hey were being rude and abusive and throwing trash around and defecating" and beating people. Also, in just one weekend in early June, twelve attacks involving large groups of "young men" were reported. These attacks in the normally placid North Side gained attention. The chosen victims: a 68-year-old white doctor, a 34-year-old white insurance salesman, a Thai man, a Filipino nursing student, and a 42-year-old Japanese doctor. All were either beaten, robbed, or both. Those arrested: three young black men, a fact we only know because of mugshots since it is the official policy of the Chicago Tribune to censor the race of criminal mobs in its journalism, if not its commentary section.
These attacks might just seem like fun and games, but now some of the attackers are armed. In two incidents the first weekend in June, 8 to 15 teens boarded a bus without paying and "began hitting people," according to the Chicago Tribune. Three of those teens are charged with armed robbery, one with unlawful use of a weapon. A week later, a boy with no race was attacked by "a group of seven male teens," all "black," according to news reports, and one with a handgun.
There were also flash mob robberies in January 2011 when mobs of teens raided and robbed at least three stores. In February, Loyola University Chicago warned students and staff about "flash mob offenders" stealing from retail stores near campus. In April 2011, a group of 70 "youths" invaded a McDonald's and "created a disturbance" according to a news report. So there is a troubling trend towards mob violence perpetrated by black teens. Despite all of this,
- of all the topics CBS Chicago could have chosen,
- they chose to ruminate about the feelings of young black teens.
The problem with the CBS story is that there will be no corresponding story about victims' feelings. There certainly will be no similar story about the subjective opinions of non-blacks regarding predominantly black mobs. It's not just that there is a double standard; it's that there is a suffocating level of deception involved in these news stories."...
Chicago black teens interviewed about their feelings by CBS Chicago, photo CBS
6/8/11, "Some Worry Mob Attacks Are Encouraging Racial Profiling" CBS Chicago