PARALLEL UNIVERSE: Philly's Black Mayor Scolds Wilding Black 'Youths'

By David M. Kinchen
Michael Nutter
Michael Nutter
The violence in the States hasn't reached the level of England's rioting yet, but at least one mayor of a major American city, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, wants to nip the problem in the proverbial bud -- before it reaches the level of Britain's. 

Nutter, 54, a black man and a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton's Presidential bid (he switched to Obama after Clinton dropped out), is fed up with the so-called "flash mobs" of black "youths" who've been terrorizing the City of Brotherly Love for months now. (Link: http://www.theroot.com/buzz/philadelphia-mayor-fed-philly-flash-mobs). And for the mayor on a video: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/good_day_philadelphia/Mayor_Nutter_Philadelphia_Teen_Violence_080911

The site referenced in the first link says "Mayor Nutter had some choice words for the parents of the kids involved in the flash mobs which he delivered from the pulpit of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He said that the teens, most of whom are black, are 'damaging the race,' and that parents who sit by and refuse to get their kids in order, will be sitting next to them in jail. He also admonished parents for sending checks and giving money without spending time with their kids, calling them 'human ATMs.' Mayor Nutter called men who don't even do that simply 'sperm donors'".

This brings up my call for accurate reporting of the violence that marred the opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair, on Thursday, Aug. 4 (Link: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/7120) which has prompted 26 comments so far, more than anything I've ever blogged on. (Some of the comments are offensive, but I don't believe in censorship).

The violence at what has long been considered a wholesome event (it was during my ten years in Milwaukee) also prompted  Eugene Kane, a columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, to decry the violence. Like Nutter, Kane is African American. Here's a link to his column: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/127072073.html

Writing under the headline,  It's time to take steps to stop young thugs, Kane says: 

"As I've stated before, I believe some young blacks act out in public because they know how frightening black people appear to some whites and it gives them a sense of power. That's not an excuse for the behavior, but it's a very real component.

"It's always embarrassing for law-abiding African-Americans with good children when this stuff happens. I know because I hear from them in the same numbers I hear from white readers who want to blame every black family for raising criminal offspring.

"Frankly, the latter group can get pretty tiring.

"But I do have real concern for the state of this community, where twice so far this summer there's been a shocking example of mob violence by young black people that can't be explained in any sensible way.

"It's interesting that I spent much of last week in Philadelphia, a city that recently has seen its own problems with youth violence involving African-American teens.

"For most of the summer, Philadelphia cops have dealt with a series of so-called flash mobs that turned violent, scores of young blacks roaming the center city area and attacking mostly white pedestrians and shoppers.

"It's so bad, Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey recently announced a coordinated response to the problem, which involves law enforcement measures, social responses and neighborhood outreach. They're relying on a network of African-American professionals, community leaders and officials in the city to step up to the plate."
And, finally, I want to mention another columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where I spend almost 10 years of my life (at The Sentinel, from 1967 to early 1976), Jim Stingl who wrote a column on the controversial subject of racial identification in news stories:  http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/127077078.html.

As I said in my Aug. 6 column, referenced above: "... if white "youths" were rampaging, attacking blacks, I'm sure  racial identification would make a miraculous return."
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