Exclusive: Colin Flaherty notes killing of Australian just 1 of hundreds of similar attacks
by Colin Flaherty
The murder of the Australian man in Oklahoma was horrific, but not unique. Or even rare.
A similar episode of black mob violence happened just a few days ago in Memphis. And a few days before that in St. Paul. And before that in Burlington. And before that in Delaware, New Haven, Madison, Denver, Flint, Peoria, Springfield, Greensboro, Green Bay, and on and on and on.
This is a long list with more than 500 cases of recent black mob violence in more than 100 cities, big and small, many on video - and all unreported as being part of an epidemic of black mob violence throughout America.
"Beat Whitey Night," for example: Two summers ago, black mobs beat and robbed dozens of patrons at the Iowa State Fair for three nights in a row. They also attacked police.
Ever hear about it?
Didn't think so. That is because most editors are not comfortable with the words "black mob violence." No matter that black mob violence exists plainly and exponentially out of proportion.
This reluctance is curious in the most race conscious country in the world. Every day we read about the black caucus, black colleges, black labor unions, black doctors, black lawyers, black business owners, black TV stars. Many of these stories are written by members of the National Association of Black Journalists.
But these same hyper-racial reporters go blind when it comes to widespread and frequent and sometimes even fatal black mob violence. The psychiatrists say we are only as sick as our secrets. And nothing inspires more secrecy - and sickness - than racial violence and lawlessness.
Before I wrote "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it," I had no idea how bad it was. Neither did Thomas Sowell before he read it: "Colin Flaherty's book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities."
Sowell wrote that last year. It is much worse now. I know that because people from all over the country tell me, especially cops. They send links and videos and case numbers and mug shots and inside info that does not appear in the local press.
Sometimes the black mobs are small, as is the case in Oklahoma where two black people stalked and killed the Australian Chris Lane because they said they were bored. Sometimes they are large: As was the case earlier this month in St. Paul, where a mob of 100 beat and stomped Ray Widstrand into a coma, with permanent brain damage, if he survives.
Sometimes the black mob violence is so common, like Baltimore, that reporters tell us we should learn to live with it.
Sometimes the violence is marked by hate and vitriol spoken aloud. But not usually. In New London earlier this year, six black people were sentenced for killing Matthew Chew. They said they were bored. Near Cincinnati last year, a black mob beat a man comatose. It took him a year to die. The black people involved said they were bored, too.
The busiest day, by far, for black mob violence is the Fourth of July. This year, we saw dozens of examples of violence, theft and chaos during our nation's annual celebration of freedom. In Wilmington, Del., groups of black people threw M-80 explosive devices at police cars. Yes, the police were still in them.
In Greensboro, the city council held an emergency meeting on July 3 to prepare for the racial mayhem that has become a regular feature of their lives. Their curfew did not work. And now residents of a town people used to compare to Mayberry wonder if their city is turning into the next Detroit.
In Virginia Beach earlier this summer, black party promoters sent buses to black colleges and filled the streets of this usually quiet beach town with 40,000 black people bent on mayhem. In one six hour period, police received more than 900 emergency calls to 911. Some for shooting. Some for violence. Some for theft. Some for drugs. Some for guns. Lots on video.
No one carried a sign that said Burn Baby Burn. Or Down with Honkies. So editors behave like the one in Norfolk last year, who said that he had no evidence that the 50 to 100 black people who surrounded and beat his reporters were "racially motivated."
That lack of evidence did not stop newspapers around the world from reporting the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin meant that it was now "open season on black people."
Let's give the trolls their due: By itself, each incident is small. Even the killings. But together, they build a pattern that sometimes makes it impossible for even the most obtuse editor to ignore.
That happened a few weeks ago when the local Fox affiliate belled the cat in Baltimore: The news report actually stated that mobs of black people were responsible for a wave of violence and theft in and around downtown. And that one of Baltimore's largest employers was thinking about leaving the area because of this danger.
This story echoed Maryland state legislator Pat McDonough, who said black youths were "terrorizing" the upscale Inner Harbor.
McDonough asked the governor to declare the area a "No Travel" zone until the black mob violence stopped. The state's liberal media and political establishment roared in outrage at McDonough. Not because he was wrong, but because he noticed.
The same day the Baltimore Sun unleashed an attack on McDonough, the downtown experienced three more attacks of black mob violence and theft.
Last year in Minneapolis, black mobs were involved in dozens of attacks downtown and at the Mall of America, many on video. One left a local artist with permanent brain damage. When I asked the local police department if race played any role in this violence, the spokesman was indignant: They did not notice what race the predators were, he said curtly.
This, of course, is the same police department that on its website offers "protected minorities" special help, special test taking, special opportunities for advancement for those who want to join the police force. Lots of cities do that. Most, in fact.
Editors and mayors may be loathe to admit it, but people responsible for the violence revel in it. They make music videos of it. They brag about it on Facebook and Twitter.
Ask a cop; they know. Cops on the beat are heroes. They wonder why the people running their departments are so busy excusing, condoning and ignoring black mob violence.
And Chicago is second to no city in that department.
On Memorial Day two summers ago, 1,000 black people invaded North City Beach: assaulting, destroying property, pushing people off bikes. The city closed the beach the next day, citing a heat wave. Other nearby beaches remained open.
Local residents took to talk radio, telling station WLS about the racial violence. The radio station grabbed the 911 calls and the people of Chicago learned the truth: Their city was under assault from black mobs. City officials were not being honest about it. And local media were going along with it.
In Philadelphia, during one of the dozens of racial attacks, a white businessman was on the ground, getting kicked and punched. "Why are you doing this?" he screamed.
"It's not our fault you can't fight," said one of the attackers, described only as an "unruly teen."
A few months later, a public health worker from a local university set out to investigate the violence: "Its just kids blowing off some steam," he told a medical journal.
I was recently on a talk radio show where the host invited me to remind her listeners about how I wrote a story that got a black man out of prison. He had been convicted of trying to kill his white girlfriend. I showed it was not true. The story made national news in places like NPR, the Los Angeles Times and Court TV.
The host said she wanted to inoculate me against charges of racism. I don't play that game. I'm just a guy watching a car crash and wondering why everyone is trying to convince me there is no car crash.
"White Girl Bleed a Lot" is not about grand theories. Or big solutions. Or apologies.
Nevertheless, its amazing how often people try to flip the script: How they try and turn the predators into victims and the victims into the real predators.
The thousands and thousands of videos of black mob violence are making it almost impossible to play that game anymore. It was never any fun to begin with.
ABOUT YOUR GUEST: Colin Flaherty is an award-winning reporter and author of "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it." Follow him on Twitter.