Just In! New Article From Colin Flaherty - Black Mob Pounces On Young White Couple
By Press Release Monday, October 21, 2013, 06:40 PM EDT
'It keeps happening, and they keep wondering why' by COLIN FLAHERTY
(Editor's note: 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. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.
Editors and readers of the New York Daily News want us to know that race had nothing to do with the ten black people who stopped a car and beat a young white couple in Brooklyn.
All the while yelling racial epithets.
"It's not just a black and white thing," reported the Daily News. "It's stupid teenagers thinking they can do whatever they want."
The attack happened Monday, Oct. 14, six days before it appeared in print in the Daily News.
A group of 10 black youths - one of them a 12-year-old girl - pummeled a husband and wife in Brooklyn after peppering the couple with racial slurs, authorities said.
"Get those crackers!" some of them screamed, according to court papers. "Get that white whore!"
The confrontation erupted about 7 p.m. Monday, as the marauding group crossed Avenue U at E. 58th St. near Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin.
Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife, Alanna, apparently had the green light and the husband honked at the group to get out of the way. The rowdy kids started kicking the car, according to the criminal complaint. Ronald Russo got out to check on potential damage to his vehicle.
And that's when all hell broke loose.
Ronald Russo was dragged to the ground. Then he was punched and kicked in the head. He felt more blows all over his body, investigators said. He suffered a fractured nose, a broken septum, a blood clot and abrasions to his shoulder. He was treated and released from Beth Israel Medical Center.
In the midst of the attack, there was a steady chorus of epithets. "White motherf--!" screamed the attackers, who ranged in age from 12 to 18.
Alanna Russo, 30, was calling 911 when the 12-year-old girl pulled the woman's hair and threw her to the ground. The victim's head slammed into the concrete. She suffered a black eye, bleeding and difficulty breathing, prosecutors said, but she refused medical attention.
The paper dutifully reported four people were arrested, including one person who said he is wrongfully accused. The paper did not report how this crime is part of the epic levels of black mob violence or black on white crime, documented in "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."
But that is what many of the readers wanted to talk about - if only to dismiss it.
Several said of course race had something to do with that attack. Others noted racism drove these young men to violence. And because of racism, they cannot find jobs.
However one of the MAIN REASONS for racial tension is because of economic disparities between groups based on RACE. When you set up policies and practices where LARGE SEGMENTS of Black young men have No jobs, No Job training, no hope of getting a job and no community leadership people become angry and blame others.
Others said they felt part of the story was missing. The driver and his wife, they said, brought this disaster upon themselves. One reader self-identified as Jemal Laventure said if someone tries to destroy your property, and you object to it, you pretty much deserve whatever you get. At least in New York if the attackers are black:
"I'm sorry but there is more to this story. He honks the horn, they kick his car, then he gets out to ONLY check the damages to his cars??
YEAH RIGHT. He got out to confront those kids. Not saying they were right to beat him up. But I'm sure he contributed more to this than just being a babe in the woods.
A lot of readers were surprised the Daily News reported the story at all. However late. They also wanted to fill in a few blank spots:
I remember the Bronx used to be like this back in the 19702s. You'd drive through and pray to God you didn't get a flat tire.
I see we've come such a long way since then.
Nearly 50 years of affirmative action and not one ounce of improvement. Instead of just free breakfast, free tutors, paying kids to do their own homework, free lunch and free dinner, welfare, free rent, free phones, free healthcare and getting into ivy league colleges with a C average, let's figure out what other freebies we can possibly give this group to keep them from attacking us.
Taleeb Starkes, author of the Amazon best-seller "The Un-Civil War," was also surprised to see this story in the Daily News. But cautioned about reading too much - or too little - into it.
"Most racial violence and black on white crime does not come gift wrapped with lots of perpetrators yelling racial insults in front of witnesses on crowded streets," Starkes said. "Whatever anyone says about poverty, housing, schools, crime, whatever, this much is true: There is a tremendous amount of racial animosity behind the epic levels of black on white violence. Behind the completely disproportionate level of black mob violence."
"That makes these neighborhoods much more dangerous than they appear. The newspapers won't tell you that. Or they pretend it is not important. But it keeps happening, and they keep wondering why. But they simply will not look at the racist attitudes behind the violence. Unless of course, the attacker is white."
COLIN FLAHERTY is an award-winning reporter whose work and byline have appeared in more than 1,000 publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune. A former ghostwriter for the first black chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he also hosts his own talk show at WDEL in Wilmington, Delaware.
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 white girlfriend resulted in his release from state prison and was featured on NPR, Court TV, and in the Los Angeles Times.