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BOOK REVIEW: 'White Girl Bleed a Lot': Color Blindness in Crime Reporting Misleads Everybody
I mention this because Colin Flaherty's "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It" (WND Books, 416 pages, $17.95 trade paperback, revised 2013 edition, also in eBook editions, notes, sources, links to YouTubes, index) says this is the attitude about the American phenomenon of black "youths" or "teens" (that's how they're often identified, with no racial description) attacking whites and Asians in cities across the country.
Flaherty points out -- providing dozens of examples -- that editors ignore the fact that the vast majority of the attacks are perpetrated by young blacks -- male and female -- against whites, gays, Jews and others deemed to be weak who won't defend themselves.
In many cases, the attacks aren't even in crime statistics, because police don't include them -- or fail to file reports. Cops in several cities are telling potential victims to arm themselves -- and they are, with results that are deemed "vigilantism" by left-leaning journalists, "civil rights" leaders and the other usual suspects.
I first became aware of this phenomenon that has spread like a toxic rash across the nation when I read of an attack in Milwaukee that gave Flaherty the title of his book. A group of white picnickers were attacked by a group of blacks in Brew City, with one teen-age black girl commenting "White girl bleed a lot."
Flaherty includes this incident in his book, along with the 2011 race riot at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee, the incident that prompted my columns. I was a reporter/editor at The Milwaukee Sentinel from 1967 to 1976, so this was a natural for me to blog about. I had always known about the underreported violence in Milwaukee, which is becoming a majority black city similar to its much larger neighbor to the south, Chicago.
At the bottom of this review, I'm reprinting columns I did about wilding, the knockout game and other forms of black on white crime that are woefully under-reported in the mass media -- if they're reported at all.
Flaherty, a radio talk show host in Wilmington, Delaware, a city that is 60 percent African-American and which appears in the book with descriptions of black on white attacks, says:
I wrote this book for the people who deny we are in the midst of an epidemic of racial violence.
There are lots of them out there: Reporters. Liberals. Police administrators. Editors. Mayors. Ten years ago, this would have been a he said/she said story. But no more. Today we have thousands of videos of black mob violence. In cities big and small.
Today, for the first time, you can follow these videos on your computer or your smart phone as your read the book. All you have to do is hit a link or scan the QR code. Very easy.
This book offers no grand causes. No grand solutions. Neither does it apologize. It is written without racism. Without rancor. Just the facts: One after another. The violence. Then denial in the press.
Over and over and over.
Here is what I have learned from writing this book: Many, many people around the country are relieved that someone is telling the truth about racial violence. And doing it without racism.
Unless, of course, you think facts are racist. Don't laugh. Some do. Those folks need a copy of "White Girl Bleed a Lot" as well.
Lots and lots of copies of this book have been presented to liberal brothers-in-law at a family gathering with the admonition: "Read this, you blankety blank expletive deleted."
Lots and lots of cops read this book too. They are the sources for many of the stories.
When you are finished reading it, I hope you will come over to my web site and let me know what your think. Or @ColinFlaherty on Twitter.
Racial violence is back, Flaherty writes, especially on mass transit, which gets a chapter by itself in the book. If you're a white, an Asian, a woman, elderly, gay, an observant Jew, riding in a rapid transit system like New York's, Atlanta's, Chicago's or just about anywhere can be hazardous to your health, Flaherty writes, giving documented examples of gangs of young blacks terrorizing passengers on these transit systems. Being a train operator or a bus driver has become a hazardous occupation, with "youths" and "teens" attacking these workers.
Along with widespread racial crime — even riots -- in hundreds of episodes in more than 80 cities since 2010, groups of black people are roaming the streets of America — assaulting, intimidating, stalking, threatening, vandalizing, stealing, shooting, stabbing, even raping and killing. This is happening in cities big and small -- expected and unexpected.
But local media and public officials are silent, he writes, fearing being labeled as racist for telling what's really going on. Crime is color blind, says a Milwaukee police chief. Race is not important, a Chicago newspaper editor assures us. That denies the obvious: America is the most race conscious society in the world.
In White Girl Bleed A Lot we learn that every day from black caucuses, black teachers, black unions, black ministers, black colleges, black high schools, black music, black moguls, black hair business owners, black public employees, black art, black names, black poets, black inventors, black soldiers, black police officers.
We learn it in stories written by members of the National Association of Black Journalists. We talk about everything except black mob violence and lawlessness. That is Taboo. Result: Few know about it. Fewer still are talking about it. Today it is at epidemic levels at almost every city in the country.
The list of cities under attack is long and getting longer — with some cities suffering dozens of attacks in the last two years alone: Chicago. Miami. Philadelphia. Las Vegas. New York. Atlantic City. Milwaukee. Charlotte. Mobile. Kansas City. Denver. Birmingham. Saratoga Springs. Seattle. Portland. Nashville. Washington, D.C. Los Angeles. Rochester. Wilmington. Georgetown. Greensboro. Nashville. Peoria. Vallejo, CA, Des Moines. Dallas. Rehoboth Beach. Baltimore. Montgomery County, MD (Yes, Silver Spring, even!), Boston. St. Louis. Brighton Beach.
To use a familiar slogan, I found Flaherty's book fair and balanced, especially when he included comments by black leaders who call for parents to take charge of their kids and who exhort civil rights leaders to stop denying what everybody knows. Particularly loathsome are attacks on whites and Asian-Americans and others by black "teens" and "youths" -- to use the routine mainstream media terms -- that purport to avenge the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
And in the "what the F--- were they thinking" department, Flaherty writes about communities like Myrtle Beach, SC, that cater to a predominantly white customer base scheduling a "Black Biker Week". Check out pages 72-73 for his description of how this once peaceful event has turned into a disaster for Myrtle Beach businesses and residents. Most of the events have turned into riots, along with similar large gatherings of partying blacks in places like Miami Beach.
Black author Thomas Sowell: ”Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse.”
About the author
Colin Flaherty has won more than 50 awards for journalism, many from the Society of Professional Journalists. His story about a black man unjustly convicted of trying to kill his wife girlfriend resulted in his release from state prison and was featured on NPR, the Los Angeles Time, and Court TV. - See more at: http://whitegirlbleedalot.com/for-the-press/#sthash.K5b2RYUO.dpuf. His website: whitegirlbleedalot.com
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COMMENTARY: It's Not Racial Profiling If It's Accurate Reporting
Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 17:46BY DAVID M. KINCHEN
On the opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair -- Thursday, Aug. 4 -- there were confirmed reports of black youths rampaging and attacking whites for no reason -- confirmed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WTMJ-Channel 4, the NBC affiliated TV station owned by the company that owns the newspaper. \
The attacks at the fairgrounds in the suburb of West Allis were reported accurately and the newspaper printed a forceful editorial condemning the violence (see it at the end of this commentary), but many readers outside the West Allis-Milwaukee area where the fair is held wouldn't know it because for the most part the racial identification of the attackers was eliminated from the news reports (an exception was the Wisconsin State Journal from liberal Madison, which reported the incidents accurately ...link:http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_ad3f2f90-c02e-11e0-a37c-001cc4c03286.html), including this report from Reuters:
Heightened security at Wisconsin State Fair after violence
By John Rondy
MILWAUKEE | Fri Aug 5, 2011 2:54pm EDT
(Reuters) - Wisconsin State Fair officials announced heightened security on Friday, a day after fighting erupted on the fair midway and attacks on police officers resulted in multiple arrests.
"Certain individuals and groups of youths chose to disrupt the evening activities," Wisconsin State Fair CEO Rick Frenette said.
Fighting between groups of youths on the midway on Thursday night led to 24 arrests, and seven police officers were wounded, fair officials said. Most of the wounds to police were cuts and bruises, but two officers were hospitalized from blows to the head.
Starting on Friday at 5 p.m., youths under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 21 or over, Frenette said.
Wisconsin State Police was working with State Fair police and police from West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee, to ensure order, fair officials said.
They said the youths involved in the fighting appeared to be at the fair to hang out and cause trouble, rather than to go on rides and participate in other fair activities.
Witnesses interviewed on local television said the youths also targeted bystanders waiting in traffic or walking outside the park. Citing Milwaukee police, fair spokeswoman Patrice Harris said four people were hurt outside of the fair grounds. The fair runs until Aug. 14.
(Writing and reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Additional reporting by John Rondy; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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(Some newspapers from New York, the Daily News, for instance, reported the story accurately; the report I saw from the Chicago Tribune, less than 100 miles south of Milwaukee, omitted the race of the attackers.
Commenters to the Reuters story blasted the news service (and I use that phrase advisedly given the biases often displayed by Reuters) with one person, ericdondero, writing:
Is there some reason you are avoiding the initial reports from all the Milwaukee-area media that it was “Black Youths,” harrassing and attacking white fair-goers? Even Black leaders in Milwaukee are reporting this and condemning the Black-on-White violence that occured. So, you’re not going to be accused of being “racist,” in reporting a simple fact.
Another reader, ryankilg, wrote:
This is terrible reporting. This is a prime example of how the media selectively reports news to fit their world view. So a company who’s job it is to inform the public clearly promotes ignorance to support their agenda. Disgusting.
* * * I have to agree; if white "youths" were rampaging, attacking blacks, I'm sure racial identification would make a miraculous return.
Full Disclosure: I worked for The Milwaukee Sentinel, which merged with the Milwaukee Journal in the 1990s, from October 1967 to February 1976 and I'm proud of my old paper for doing something that used to be standard operating procedure: accurate reporting. The Associated Press (AP) story wasn't much better than the incomplete Reuters report (Paul Julius Reuter, 1816 – 1899, a German Jew who moved to England and converted to Christianity, would not be proud of the news service that bears his name), hinting at the racial element (although some not familiar with Milwaukee might assume white "youths" were attacking blacks:
By COLIN FLY
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is calling attacks in and around Wisconsin State Fair Park "reprehensible" and says some people were targeted because of their race.
Dozens of young people started fighting inside the fair's popular Midway on Thursday evening and the violence spilled into the surrounding neighborhoods while overlapping police jurisdictions struggled to quickly react.
More than 30 arrests were made at the fair and 18 people were injured in or around the grounds. Some witnesses said black youths were targeting white fair-goers, though some black people were also attacked.
Some park police officers were also injured.
Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO Rick Frenette says police presence is being increased in response to the violence. Also, anyone under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian after 5 p.m.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
AP typically scrubs up stories so they can be used by anyone who subscribes to the service.
* * * Here's that editorial from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that I referred to at the beginning:
Editorial: Free from fear
The community must stand up to the violent thugs who terrorized State Fair Thursday night. This can't be allowed to happen again.
Aug. 5, 2011
Violent thugs can't be allowed to destroy the Wisconsin State Fair or any other social venue or event.
Those who terrorized innocent fair visitors Thursday night have to be found and punished. Security has to be beefed up. Families have to be free of fear.
This is our fair, a showcase and celebration of the state, and reports of African-American teenagers randomly beating up white fair-goers - similar to attacks last month in the Riverwest neighborhood - are shocking.
We simply can't let this happen again.
State Fair authorities are moving in the right direction with a parental escort policy, and Gov. Scott Walker was right to bring in the State Patrol to provide additional law enforcement help. Police of the three jurisdictions involved - State Fair, West Allis and Milwaukee - need to review their response and communications policies to ensure they're adequate.
But more than that, the violence that erupted needs to be addressed by community leaders, churches, parents, schools and government officials throughout the region. Several leaders started to step up Friday; more need to do so.
Race-related violence is a blight on the community no matter what form it takes or where it crops up. It requires attention and action at all levels of the community, from board rooms to living rooms.
PARALLEL UNIVERSE: Summertime, and the Living Is Uneasy as 'Teens' Attack Whites, Asian-Americans in ChicagoThursday, June 14, 2012 - 18:05BY DAVID M. KINCHEN
As the temperatures rise in Chicago, the nation's third largest city, attacks by black '"teens" are on the rise, although you wouldn't know it from the politically correct news reports. The attacks follow the patterns of last year's "wildings" in Philadelphia, Milwaukee and at the Wisconsin State Fair, with mobs of young blacks attacking whites and others.If you read the CBS News report (link:http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/13/surveillance-pictures-released-in-mob-attack-on-cta-red-line/ ) you'll have to look far down in the story to discover that the "teens" are black and the victims are whites or Asian-Americans -- typical of the politically correct newswriting and editing practiced by the liberal media.
In the above referenced CBS story, a reader would have to go to the 18th graf -- as newspeople call paragraphs -- to find the racial identity of the "teens". If whites or Asians attacked blacks, the identity of the attackers would be in the first or second paragraph.
Quoting from the story: "In a third incident, a 36-year-old man was attacked by a teen mob as he walked home from work along Dewitt Place near Pearson Street in Streeterville. Note: Streeterville's boundaries are east of Michigan Avenue, north of the Chicago River to Oak Street.
"Since the attack, the man, a doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has granted an interview to the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass for a column that ran Wednesday, June 13. (Link to John Kass's column: 'Victim: They were enjoying frightening people': http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0613-20120613,0,5725691.column). The doctor told Kass that even though his home is four blocks from the hospital where he works, he will now be taking a cab home.
"Police say the man was robbed and attacked by anywhere from 10 to 20 people. The man was taken to the hospital with a head injury, but he was able to walk on his own after the attack.
"The doctor is Asian and the assailants African-American, but the victim told Kass he did not believe race was the motivation for the attack. He told Kass, rather, that the group seemed just to be beating people for fun."
If whites were beating African-Americans for fun, the outrage would be strong, to say the least.
A friend in Chicago, who used to live in Streeterville, a densely populated near north side neighborhood, emailed me:
"From the deck of my condo bldg at 900 North Lake Shore Drive [a few blocks east of Streeterville] you can watch gangs of young black kids strolling by on Saturday evenings. I've never personally been threatened. But I might start carrying a 5 iron when I'm walking in the evening."
In several columns on last summer's wildings I praised Michael Nutter, the black mayor of Philadelphia, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane, a black man, for speaking out frankly on the responsibility of parents of the black "teens" involved to control their children.
Quoting from my Aug. 9, 2011 column, where I mention both Nutter and Kane, who formerly lived in Philadelphia:
"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."
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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.
Bottom line: Parents should take charge of their teens, as both Michael Nutter and Eugene Kane write. There's no excuse for behavior of this kind. It will only lead to escalation, which will involve firearms rather than golf clubs.