Officials: Flash Mobs Already Plague South Side

CBS Chicago, June 7, 2011

The big guns of law enforcement gathered in the Chatham neighborhood Monday night to take part in a discussion on handling crime in the area.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, dozens packed St. Dorothy Catholic Church, 450 E. 78th St., to talk with a panel of law enforcement brought together by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) The discussion was titled, “Let’s Talk About It: Getting a Handle on Crime in the 6th District.”

“You know as well as I–shootings, killings, and flash mobs,” Rush said. “This is a new one now. Flash mobs, pepper spray assaults by young men have dominated this weekend’s news. I’m disturbed because it happens on the South Side on a regular basis. It seems as though when it happens on the North Side, then it’s newsworthy.”

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  • Anonymous

    Blacks attacking other blacks? What’s wrong with that?

  • sbuffalonative

    “I’m disturbed because it happens on the South Side on a regular basis. It seems as though when it happens on the North Side, then it’s newsworthy.”

    The classic minority ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’.

    Blacks will complain that the police don’t control crime in their community but they will likewise complain that police are harassing and targeting them.

    They complain that crime in their community is under reported by the media but they will likewise complain that the media is always reporting on black crime.

    As I always say, when it comes to blacks, you can’t win. It’s not worth the effort to help them because they’ll attack you for misrepresenting them as being violent.

    It’s a no win proposition.

  • Anonymous

    His suspicions are right. When violence becomes chronic, it is no longer news. If every crime in Chicago was listed as daily news, there would be no place for anything else, just like violence in LA or other cities. When it moves to new neighborhoods and becomes racial, it is news.

  • Hirsch

    You have to love the catch-22 that any white who attempts to mollify blacks will find themselves trapped in. If the news stations were to report more vehemently of the “South Side,” incidents, the race-baiters would complain that the media was unfairly focusing on the negatives in the community and playing to stereotypes.

    If the cops were to increase their presence on the south side, people would say they were being treated like inmates in a prison, subject to the barbarity of a police state. The only message in this article is that when blacks attack blacks, whites are culpable, as guilty as whites are when blacks attack whites.

  • rjp

    Bobby Rush is just jealous that he’s not getting any attention.

    Truth is these people would be doing this on the Southside anyways, nothing to steal on the Southside though.

  • Question Diversity

    I’m keeping a close eye on this situation, reading Second City Cop and Paul Huebl. Official Chicago is trying as hard as they can to sweep race and crime under the rug. They’re adamantly sticking to the excuse that the CPD closed down a section of north side beach because of the heat and health concerns. So they’re trying to say that it wasn’t even crime, much less black crime. The two problems with that explanation are that: (1) If it were heat and health, the CFD not the CPD would have closed the beach, and (2) It was hot everywhere in Chicago, not just along that one little section of beach, yet that one was the only one that was closed.

  • Anonymous

    That’s funny, blacks. Every time you kill, murder, rob, and rape us, it’s not newsworthy. When a white kills, or more accurately, is accused of calling you a name, it’s international news.

  • Caleo

    Of course if the police try to address the problem on the South side they’ll be accused of police brutality or profiling. No matter what you do it will never be enough.

  • Anonymous

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)is black.has it made national news? no.nothing that blacks do makes national headlines.i know plenty of whites that don’t know this stuff happens daily.they are in for a rude awakening.

  • Wayne Engle

    It’s news when it happens to White people because it’s happened with such tiresome regularity on the South Side that, by definition, it’s not “news” any more. These endless “community gatherings” to bemoan the “killings” each time one happens have become tiresomely regular, too. My advice to these people would be, “It’s your community that is killing people — mostly people OF your community! Stop talking and start actually DOING something about it!”

  • Anonymous

    Yeah right. There has been consistent attacks by blacks with baseball bats on whites going on for several years now on the north side without a peep from the media. The attacks have been vicious and generally targeting white women and men walking home from pubs leaving them disabled and destroyed. Crickets.

  • Question Diversity

    Same news source: http://goo.gl/ObWHX

    Rahm is said to want to use “full force of the law” against the “street thugs.”

    Didn’t Rahm learn anything from working for Obama? There are no “thugs.” Just misunderstood discrimination victims who missed out on midnight basketball. And he should be careful using harsh rhetoric like that — Debbie Wasserman Schultz might accuse him of “racist dog whistling,” and the Obama DOJ might sue him if the CPD cracks down too hard.

    Actually, Rahm did learn one thing from his time around Obama — He used the words “I want to be very clear.” Never before have people so clear been so confusing.

  • Hadenough

    If people in Chicago were able to have concealed carry licenses, these sort of incidences would be few and far between. I believe the state of Illinois allows citizens to get the licenses, but the city of Chicago has passed all these onerous ordinances that make it all but impossible to have a carry a concealed license. So the citizens are defenseless against these thugs.

  • Anonymous

    I echo RJP’s sentiments. I work there. There is nothing on the south side worth stealing. There should be no confusion as to why that situation exists.

  • olewhitelady

    I wish Bobby Rush would get on TV and decry the situation. Of course, black-on-black crime is seldom newsworthy, but black thugs ranging north in Chicago apparently is. Having to fear flash mobs is little different from what went on in the Dark Ages, when renegade gangs attacked the unguarded.

  • WASP

    If the media reports black crime…..they are racist because they are trying to make blacks look bad

    If the media does not report black crime…..they are racist because they do not care about black life.

    Blacks and whites have a parent/child relationship. Whites are the parents who earn the money, make the rules, run the house. Blacks are the kids who ask the parents for money, break the rules and sneak out of the house. They smoke weed, party, text and get busted by the cops for a laundry list of stupid stunts.

    Then when the kids end up 30 years old, with a screwed up life, they blame the parents for not raising them correctly.

    Whites are damned if they do and are damned if they don’t. It’s part of parenting.

  • john in germany

    Pepper spray assaults by “young men”. What color were the young men? These gutless people make me sick.

  • ex-liberal

    I live on the south side and he is right. The flash mobs are fairly common. They are so common that they are not even news. The flash mob on the gold coast was news because it was a less common occurrence. Also, many of the major media outlets have are housed in that part of the city. Did these factors even enter into his mind? If the papers had reported on all the flash mobs on the south side, he would have said the reports were racist and exaggerated. Needless to say, I am already working on my exit strategy and will be out of this city before the year is over.

  • Bandmo

    Only news when it is a “Man bites dog” type story. If black crime was reported fully, it would be like the “Gieco” Ins. ads, on TV 24/7.

  • Anonymous

    Second City Cop is a blog reputedly written by a Chicago policeman. He’s been doing better coverage of the current Chi-town situation better than anyone I’ve seen. The comments section, especially, is ultra race-realist. Extra points for euphemisms they use instead of “blacks”…”Amish youth,” “Scandinavians,” “honor students, etc.

    http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

  • White Guy In Japan

    I have been following the flashmob phenomenon recently. I can honestly say that I would rather be a gaijin (foreigner) in Japan than a white guy in Oakland.

  • Mr Sarcasm

    Flash Mobs, Mayhem, Violence, when will it stop when will they get these young Amish and Mormons under control? It’s getting worse everyday!

  • Taurus689

    10 — Wayne Engle wrote at 7:36 PM on June 7:

    It’s news when it happens to White people because it’s happened with such tiresome regularity on the South Side that, by definition, it’s not “news” any more. These endless “community gatherings” to bemoan the “killings” each time one happens have become tiresomely regular, too. My advice to these people would be, “It’s your community that is killing people — mostly people OF your community! Stop talking and start actually DOING something about it!”

    Wayne,You’re right but it’s not limited to Chicago. I had to go up to Philly two days ago. I couldn’t wait to get the Hell out of there. A very attractive metro area surrounded by a vast Black ghetto in virtually all four directions with a few scattered oases. It’s a tragedy to see what’s happened to the great ethnic neighborhoods in one of which I grew up.

    I’m not hyperbolizing when I say that they are the most destructive life forms on this planet. Five million termite colonies couldn’t destroy houses as quickly as they do. What they can do to a city in a short time would give Alaric and Atilla an inferiority complex.