When a News Story Omits Race, Do We Really Know Any Less?

Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, June 8, 2011

You probably know the basic facts.

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A dozen or so teenage males went on the prowl near North Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s toniest shopping district. They attacked five people, ages 20 to 68. Their loot included a backpack, a wallet, a bike, an iPad, a BlackBerry and an iPod Touch. The cops quickly arrested five alleged assailants, at least three of them from the South Side, and vowed to find the rest.

If you’ve followed the story–and who hasn’t?–there’s another fact that you also know, but it’s one you haven’t read in the Tribune or seen explicitly stated by most of the official media: The young men were black.

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So why would a news organization avoid a fact? This fact?

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I’m ambivalent about the omission of the attackers’ race in the news accounts, but I think I would have decided to leave it out too.

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Here’s the quandary, for editors, for cops, for all of us:

Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior. Just because this mob was young and black hardly means that all young, black people in groups are a violent mob. Knowing the race of these attackers is no form of protection.

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So, yes, the attackers were black. We notice. But how to measure the relevance of the fact?

As my friend pointed out, recalling the words of the African-American writer Toni Morrison, “Once we know the race, what else do we know?”

The answer? Not as much as any single word–black, white, other–may make us think we do.

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  • Question Diversity

    Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior. Just because this mob was young and black hardly means that all young, black people in groups are a violent mob.

    But that’s the wrong way to look at it, even if it is true. The better way to look at it is not that most young black men are ever part of violent mobs, but that most violent mobs consist almost entirely of young black men.

  • Anonymous

    …But they sure as hell don’t have a problem mentioning the race if the perpetrator(s) are/is Caucasian.

    I mean,even if it’s an Arab or Hispanic, they will get labeled “white” if they do something wrong.

    But we can’t mention blacks by their race, they are such a “fragile” and docile people that mere mention of their race in these instances will puncture their self-esteem.

    Poor blacks! BooHoo! I think I am going to cry a river now!

  • Anonymous

    Is there any wonder why more and more people are going to the internet for their news? They’re tired of having their intelligence insulted by these reporters who tell us that the race of the perpetrator is irrelevant. Heck, the only reason I go to newspaper websites is just to read the comments section (which are becoming more and more like Amren boards).

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    “So why would a news organization avoid a fact [that the perpetrators were black]?

    Reporting that fact would amount to “stereotype confirmation.” And if American media have any objective it is to avoid confirming stereotype about black youths, particularly black youth in groups. The stereotype is that they are impulsive, violent, capable instant mayhem. Who can forget Jesse Jackson’s immortal words:

    “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.” (Jesse Jackson, November, 1993)

    If the rampaging Chicago youths were white, that fact would be heavily reported, as it would be a stereotype “disconfirming” fact. Likewise, the stereotype disconfirming “fact” that three white Duke university students raped a black female intoxicated American media such as the New York Times as well as a large segment of the Duke faculty and the NAACP.

    That’s why stereotype disconfirming facts will be heavily reported, even when not true, and stereotype confirming facts will be ignored or worse.

  • Mike Harrigan

    “Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior.”

    No it doesn’t. Not 100% of the time. But in my area you can count on the perp of a violent crime USUALLY being a young black male.

    “Knowing the race of these attackers is no form of protection.”

    Not for people like myself and others who post here. We already know of the aggressive, violent tendencies of blacks. Its those who don’t pay attention, or those who believe the idiocy that the mainstream media dishes out on a daily basis that could be helped greatly if the media would only be honest when reporting on violent crime. Blacks have to find victims somewhere. And its sure not people like those who post on AmRen.

  • Jon

    By making the claim that the race of the perpetrators is not indicative of all people of that race, she needs to go a step further and say that their age and gender is not indicative of all ages and genders in that group. Additionally, the location of the crime becomes unnecessary as well since that particular spot isn’t always the scene of a crime.

    She might as well say that every news story (save for ones where the fugitives are at large), should read “Somebody did something somewhere.” Better yet, report nothing.

    Of course, us reasonable people know that’s a bunch of nonsense and realize that all facts (especially race) are very pertinent to the story.

  • sbuffalonative

    If a crime is committed, the community has a right to be informed so they can take action to protect themselves and aid in the capture of the suspect.

    If race is excluded, why is gender not?

    You never read, “A person was attacked by an unknown person”. The gender is always included. For example, “a 20-year-old male was attacked by an unknown male”.

    News reports always include the gender of the suspect. Why is gender considered relevant when race is not? Likewise, the age and build of the suspect is often included as is the clothing they were wearing at the time of the attack (which I consider odd because clothing can quickly and easily be changed and discarded while the race of the suspect can’t).

    We all know why this is done; because the majority of violent crime is committed by blacks (and increasingly Hispanics). Blacks know this and demand the suppression of facts in the vain hope that no one will make the connection between the blacks and the high levels of violent crime they commit.

    A couple years ago, the Buffalo News ran a front page story about a series of seven rapes (and attempts). However, they didn’t report this story UNTIL the seventh attack when they finally reported the story and included the fact that the suspect was black.

    What this means is that six other women were unaware of the potential to be raped by a black man in this neighborhood because the Buffalo News didn’t report the first incident and give a full description including the race of the suspect.

    If I was one of the women attacked after the first attack and I learned that the Buffalo News didn’t report the first attack, I would have hired a lawyer to see if the Buffalo News could be held culpable for suppressing information relevant my safety and well being.

  • Anonymous

    Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior. Just because this mob was young and black hardly means that all young, black people in groups are a violent mob. Knowing the race of these attackers is no form of protection.

    {snip}

    If it was an all white group doing this the media would be splashing it all over the front page of every newspaper, magazine, radio, television and internet site literally screaming their color. The coverage would be wall to wall , 24 hours per day seven days per week for months. Every concievable angle would be covered. The Justice Department would charge the group with so many crimes they couldn’nt try them in a lifetime.

  • Mugged by Reality

    Interesting piece, more for what it doesn’t say than what it does (do click through and read the whole thing).

    The writer describes a “conundrum” of whether to include race in the story. Nonsense. Race is a reportable fact, something that was once grasped by the people who used to call themselves “reporters.”

    It’s the attitude that our media somehow needs to manage race relations by omitting what everyone knows. So who are they really doing this in service of. I think their names are Dvonte, Trovolus and Derodte.

  • Hirsch

    What maddeningly blind PC drivel.

    Writer Toni Morrison said, “Once we know the race, what else do we know?” Well Toni, I know that when you were asked what you thought of black women having children out of wedlock, you responded that they should give their children to you, so that you could nourish and love them. You were never called on that canard, forced to adopt black America’s unwanted babies, or made to eat your words in that instance, so why not keep plodding on.

    To answer your question, though, what do we know once we know the race? A hell of a lot.

  • Wayne Engle

    Typical agonized, White liberal hand-wringing: “Oh, my goodness, if we identify them as black, nasty old White racists will post hateful comments, and the vast majority of black kids who are good, moral kids who treat their mommas right, will be tarred with the same brush!”

    The news media should be in the business of disseminating the news — all of it, minus things like the names of juveniles arrested, the names of alleged rape victims, and the like. Nothing is gained in this nation of “diversity” (read: polyglotism) by pretending that race doesn’t matter, and deliberately leaving it out. Tell us the race of all perps — black, White, or red all over. Then let the accumulation of facts speak for itself. “Racial stereotypes” is often just liberal-speak for “inconvenient, uncomfortable facts.”

  • Peejay in Frisco

    If you look really carefully, you will notice that in San Francisco, blacks from the Fillmore housing projects sometimes target whites and others in the North Beach area of the city late at night.One of their victims was a white who was forced into a van, and beaten so severely that he suffered severe brain damage.The politically correct news media, as usual, covers up any racial factor in these incidents. m I the only individual who notices this, or is there even one other?

  • ice

    “As my friend pointed out, recalling the words of the African-American writer Toni Morrison, “Once we know the race, what else do we know?”

    We know that if there are instances similar to the one being reported, we are reading about probable hate attacks, and, if knowing that to this Morrison seems insignificant, then she’s only saying that because she doesn’t have to be concerned about being a victim. Nor is she concerned about out-of-control black crime, because she perceives it as a way of gaining leverage for black causes.

    This story is slanted in the same way all worthless drivel excusing black crime and criminals is portrayed by leftist radicals in the media.

  • BO_Bill

    Stanford educated Ms.Schmich teaches us that race alone does not predict behavior. Thomas Jefferson had a different opinion:

    “They are more ardent after their female: but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them. In general, their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection.”

    From what I’ve seen, Jefferson’s observations reflect reality much more closely than Ms. Schmich’s do. Jefferson’s observations explain the high rates of illegitimate children, drug use, violence, and crime. The rates of these behaviors are very predictable, even if Ms. Schmich teaches us otherwise. As traditional controls go away, these rates will increase. And then there will come the call, which we are just now beginning to hear, for ‘order’. Also from Jefferson:

    “They are at least as brave, and more adventuresome. But this may perhaps proceed from a want of forethought, which prevents their seeing a danger till it be present.”

  • Anonymous

    Their excuse holds up, albeit just barely, until you notice one thing. Okay, so the race of a busted thug is irrelevant in a newspaper story so it is omitted. Ok… I got it, don’t buy that reason, but I got it.

    But if that is true… What about when the suspect is still at large and the description of the suspect is given without race? That renders the description useless and thus unnecessary, yet the description is still printed. Why is this so, Mr. Editor? Logic would have it that a description without a race would only make sense in an homogeneous society. Logic dictates that in a multi-racial society descriptions that give racial information become more important when the suspect is still at large. These descriptions are printed in hopes of catching the criminal or finding witnesses to the crime. If they weren’t they wouldn’t provide the exact height and weight, clothing, or hair color of the suspect; I mean according to the logic that editor removes unnecessary information.

    I see another logic prevailing here; one that says you have an agenda to push. I mean there is only a library’s worth of history of media manipulation to pursue an agenda. Right?

    No, nothing to see here, boys. Just keep on walking.

  • Anonymous

    What we know is that we should always keep a healthy distance between ourselves and any congregation of young blacks.

    What we also know is that there is no upside to having a concentration of blacks anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Some in the black community seem to imply that since crime is prevelant in their own neighborhoods, that the rest of us should “get used to it” as if we all should just accept deviant behavior as a way of life.

    That is not acceptable! Thuggery is thuggery and should be dealt with harshly wherever it occurs. The “stop snitching” and “blame whitey” mantras may play well south of 35th Street, but that’s not how the rest of us choose to live.

  • Paul Morphy

    For that matter why did the paper mention age and gender, leaving the readers to conclude bad things about teenage males?

  • Anonymous

    The author misses the obvious fact that race is very predictive of violent behavior. Ok let’s not mention race at all when reporting crime. Fine. It’s the left that’s foisted “diversity” on us which makes EVERYTHING about race. They should at least fess up to the bad behavior that race identity brings. The left nurtures this resentment toward whites and now they’re getting their dividend of hate. Yes, identify it in the news!

  • john

    The simple fact is that when a criminal act is committed by a white or Asian the race of the suspect is always mentioned.

    When a similar transgression is committed by a black or blacks, it’s nearly always omitted. This doesn’t make the news item any less informative, since the public long ago noted this omission.

    And even if they didn’t, it’s practically universally known in this country that blacks commit the overwhelming majority of crimes, particularly violent crimes.

    When traveling in black areas I’m extremely observant of blacks near me. In white areas I pay no attention to the people around me. I would assume that the majority of whites do likewise.

  • Optional

    ‘Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior’. Oh, absolutely, that’s why during the Duke lacrosse team accusations not one mainstream media outlet referred to the accused rapists as ‘White’ or ‘upper middle class Whites’ or the alleged victim as ‘black’. Oh, wait a minute……

  • Robert Binion

    Jared Taylor writes that only those of great intelligence can engage in sophistry such as this, but that is not true–only those of great faith. A hardshell conservationist who would preserve species and races, I can not go “to church” with them to hear of the sacred slaughter of Amalekite, Jebusite and ‘Maphrodite before the pagan “abomination,” nor to learn that the latest manifestation of African zeal in Chicago is but an illusion. No amount of transfer payments may relieve those who live in intellectual squalor and that is where Ms. Schmich and the Bible thumpers at whom she would chuckle reside. Her dilemma is that of all fundamentalists, one brilliantly stated (as usual) by Twain when he merely quips, “You can’t pray a lie.”

  • Anonymous

    “there’s another fact that you also know, but it’s one you haven’t read in the Tribune or seen explicitly stated by most of the official media: The young men were black.”

    the fact that this is implicitly known by everyone hearing about the story, yet never mentioned in any of the stories, is evidence of multiple problems. the fact that this hack glosses over this point- which is really the whole story- is further evidence.

    this column is proof positive of the much higher criminality of blacks and the fact that the media willingly, deliberately covers it up. that someone whose supposed job is to convey objective truth can be so cavalier with admitting he and his ilk deliberately obscure the truth would be hilarious if it weren’t so very sad.

  • Shrewsbury

    “Once we know the race, what else do we know?”

    Well, if they’re white, we know that they’re racist and should apologize for existing, or, as I like to say, the crime of “living while white.”

    Of course, white people are ultimately responsible for black crime as well (because of racism and white privilege, e.g. the privilege of working 80 hours a week), so maybe the newspapers, instead of reporting “a mob of 50 black youths” could just report “a mob of 50 young victims of white racism.” That would pretty much clarify everything.

  • John Engelman

    Everybody knows what the color of crime is, including Jesse Jackson.

    ——-

    There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

    Remarks [by Jesse Jackson] at a meeting of Operation PUSH in Chicago (27 November 1993). Quoted in “Crime: New Frontier – Jesse Jackson Calls It Top Civil-Rights Issue” by Mary A. Johnson, 29 November 1993, Chicago Sun-Times (ellipsis in original). Partially quoted in US News & World Report (10 March 1996)

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jesse_Jackson

  • Anonymous

    Dunno how long it will last but I just posted this-

    >

    We are the frontline of crime.

    Black Males, 14-44, represent 3-4% of our population yet form 36% of our prison population. They are 7X more likely to commit violent crime & 8X more likely to commit property crime than whites. They are responsible for 30-35,000 rapes of white women per year (whites go multiple years without assaulting -any- black women) & are responsible for 52% of this nation’s murders. Blacks have a 20% higher serum testosterone level & an average 15 point/1MSD (100 vs. 85) lower IQ compared to whites.

    Poverty /=/ Low IQ or High Criminality. East Asian immigrants, being genetically smarter than whites, need less than one generation to advance in society.

    If one group shows a higher propensity for crime (high testosterone reduces impulse control in ALL races) at the same time a lower biologic intelligence limits their SES mobility (you have to be smart to benefit from social cohesion); pretending this is a social problem ‘that has nothing to do with genes’ after 300 years of blacks living in Western society is _absurd_. It denies us the chance to marshal our genomic sciences to a medical resolution.

    And why would a cognitive elite, safe in their gated communities, want to raise overall IQ to a self-competitive 120 collegiate level if they can bandaid the plague of undiscussible racial crime & retain a subject population of junk consumer ditch diggers?

    >

    And the Tribune forum actually took it. Here’s a thumbs up for journalistic integrity.

    And here is why Mz. Schmich is wrong-

    >>

    Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior. Just because this mob was young and black hardly means that all young, black people in groups are a violent mob. Knowing the race of these attackers is no form of protection.

    >>

    Perhaps. But race certainly predicts job fulfillment where SES satisfaction in life status has an R=.72 correlation with intelligence and blacks still retain a 1MSD ‘achievement gap’.

    If you are not rich because you are not smart (and let’s face it is getting ever more difficult for even smart whites to get by in this ever more sophisticated society) you are less likely to see the rationale behind loyalty to ‘the system’ of social rewards for hard work as applying to you.

    That -is- racial and applied across generations, genetics dictate the environment by which blacks suffer in squallor far more than environment dictates their genetics.

    If you are not the lead dog on the sled team _because your genome doesn’t have pathfinder material_, your view never changes. And that is not the fault of those who do have the right stuff…

    We must be able to discuss this, openly.

  • Ghetto Blacks Suck

    Now, wasn’t it Jesse Jackson who expressed great relief when he realized that the group of young men tailing him on foot one dark night WEREN’T BLACK???? If a group of young black men is out of control, wreaking mayhem, even one of the blacks’ icons (JJ) tells us to fear those young black males MORE than we’d fear whites, Hispanics, or any other race. So I don’t know who this broad is kidding; young black ghetto males are vicious, dangerous, and to be avoided at all costs. Just ask Jesse Jackson!!!

  • Bernie

    “As my friend pointed out, recalling the words of the African-American writer Toni Morrison, “Once we know the race, what else do we know?”

    So next time a black person claims to be a victim of racism or discrimination we should just leave out the black part.

  • Sureesh

    Sick and tired of blacks playing the color card too…

    Why is it that Dark skinned Indians don’t have problems with the police if they are pulling them over based on the color of their skin?

  • Tired of It

    News reporting used to be unbiased and objective. Not any more. It’s used now more for sensationalism and/or to push a dangerous agenda.

    Take the story above. Reporting this news item should be used first and foremost to inform the public for their safety. And informing the public means a description of the perpetrators – race is a description. If I lived or worked around the North Michigan Avenue area of Chicago I’d like to know what the teenagers looked like who were committing these assaults so I would know who to watch out for – basic common sense. I would also want to know the severity of the “attacks”. You can tell that main stream media (MSM) is down playing the crimes when they will not even use the word assaults, but substitute the lesser word attacks.

    The MSM does us all a disservice when, to quote Mary Schmich, “Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior”. The public KNOWS this. For MSM to assume the role of civics teacher is utterly unnecessary – we’re intelligent enough to know better. So either MSM assumes we are all bigoted morons, which is extremely insulting and untrue, or they are pushing their own agenda at the expense of peoples safety, which is inexcusable. MSM has sacrificed common sense for what they feel is politically correct, thereby jeopardizing everybodies safety, making their agenda stupid and dangerous.

    To quote Schmich again: “Knowing the race of these attackers is no form of protection”. Oh yes it is Mary! Talk about stupid and dangerous – to the extreme.

    And then MSM wonders why they are losing readers and viewers daily? Because daily they insult and endanger us.

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    I have been told many times that most black criminals prey on blacks, and that most white crime victims are the victims of white criminals.

    I have been robbed at gun point once, and mugged more times than I care to admit. My brother and sister have been robbed at gun point. I have friends who have been mugged. Every single time blacks did it.

    I am sure there are a few blacks who have been mugged by whites. You probably could fit every one of them in my apartment, and still have room for a few bearded ladies, and a man with two heads.

  • Tim in Indiana

    My initial impression upon reading the headline was that “at least this writer was willing to broach the topic,” but alas, the article turned out to be disingenuous to the point of nausea.

    Here’s why it’s so disingenuous, like most liberal rationalizations about race: Whenever black problems are discussed, this pretense of not wanting to make overgeneralizations goes out the door, and invariably, whites and white “racism” are blamed for black problems.

    So we can’t make generalizations about black behavior but we can make generalizations about their cause, that is, white “racism.”

    In addition, notice how stupid liberals think the general public is. We are incapable of making fine distinctions about group behavior and realize that, while blacks are far more prone to violent behavior, this does not mean that any individual black is violent. Liberals really do have a contempt for the general public’s intelligence.

  • Deadindenver

    I suggest Mary Schmich, take a few unescorted strolls into, around and through Chicago’s Southside and then ask her if she is ambivalent about the ommission of race.

  • Anonymous

    scrolling through the comments of the tribune, i am shown a sliver of hope for the future. in a very blue city in a very blue state, the commentary is overwhelmingly from ‘those who can see’ the truth on this.

  • sbuffalonative

    I believe what we’re seeing is a crack in PC wall.

    The media has been hiding the race of suspects for years. This is becoming increasingly obvious to white people who are now literally under attack.

    The tactic the writer is using is interesting. Notice that this woman doesn’t resort to calling people racists and bigots. It’s almost as if she knows it’s not going to work so she’s employing a fresh spin.

    This article is an attempt to convince people that race doesn’t matter. ‘So what IF all the teens WERE black? What does it matter? It doesn’t! QED!’

    The media can’t hide the facts any longer. White people are seeing the truth about media lies and black crime.

  • Varina

    No problem. Once saw somethig on the local news about a White guy (a college student) who was stabbed as he was walking home from a local bar. He survived. The description of the perp was something along the lines of “wearing dark pants,” “blue jacket,” blah, blah, blah.

    I’m not stupid. White guy gets stabbed, race of the perp not mentioned, I know the perp is African. No problem.

  • scrappy

    Actually I agree with the article. There is no reason to include the race anymore because we already know which race. Especially if they dont mention it. By not mentioning race they just told me the race. And if they call them “youths” then its slam dunk over but that is not really needed anymore. When ever I read “mob”, “riot”, “pack” I already know and so do most. And if you dont know then Im not sure how much good its going to do you at this point because you have so much more to learn then that one story can provide for you.

  • HH

    So, according to this liberal blatherer, a gang of marauding White youths purposefully entering a predominantly Black neighborhood looking to do naught but violence and mayhem, would also then be a story wherein the mention of race should be utterly meaningless? Really? You seriously standing by that story Miss Schmich…seriously?

  • Anonymous

    Its not the job of the media to censor the news, just to report it.

  • Harumphty Dumpty

    “…the crimes don’t appear to be racially motivated.”

    I don’t care one way or the other about that.

    I care that blacks are attacking white people. I don’t care why they are attacking white people.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who’s attended a journalism class lately knows that ‘social justice activism’ has been woven into the contemporary curriculum.

    The premise of journalistic activism holds that news reporting should be used to offset perceived negative portrayals of non-whites. In order to avoid maintaining negative stereotypes, race should not be reported at all.

    This is coming straight from the mouths of some prof’s, and is taking root in editorial policy.

  • Kenelm Digby

    For some reasons newspaper reports always make a big deal about giving the age of any controversial person in the news, it’s always the second thing you read after the person’s age.

    So a person’s age, for some reason, is ‘more relevant’ to the news than a person’s race.

    Anyway, the self-imposed censorship of the press (for that’s exactly what it is), imposed by the newspapers compares to the news manipulation that characterized the former Soviet bloc.

  • Honey

    The omitting of race in crime reports is getting to be an ongoing joke in Australia.

    I feel it is really important to report race. For instance with the influx of Indian migrants in Australia, there has been a massive spike in sexual assaults committed by Indians on Australian women.

    People need to know that they may not be as safe around certain ethnic groups because these groups have racist stereotypes about them. For instance the favourite stereotype from third worlders, sex being like a handshake for Caucasian women.

    There is a double standard being played out that the Indian community doesn’t want to be mentioned as responsible in the media reports about these sexual assaults because they don’t want to be stereotyped because it will endanger the safety of the members of their community, but an absolute denial of the human rights of Caucasian women.

    They don’t want to be stereotyped but I bet they don’t do much to combat the appalling stereotypes of Caucasian women in their own community.

  • wat tyler 23

    Dear all there is an answer to News Papers that don’t publish the race of violent folk= just STOP BUYING news papers. Your race I presume is caucasian and it is your race that by and large buys News Papers, news papers that insult you should go out of business.It is about time for whitey to strike back economically, don’t buy news papers= anti white Editors/ Journalist=on food stamps=get my drift.

  • sshadow

    “Knowing the race of these attackers is no form of protection.”

    This is patently false. If you park your car in a somewhat deserted area and you see several young blacks nearby, and instead of getting out of the car you drive away, there is a very high probability that you have just saved yuorself a beating and a robbery. Knowing the race of these individuals was a very valuable “form of protection”.

    From the well known quotes in the above posts, we know that the very reverend Jesse Jackson is in complete agreement with the above scenario and its moral lesson. For those pathetic guilt ridden whites – It’s all right, Jesse Jackson agrees.

  • Yorkshireman.

    I have noted that it’s not only in USA and UK where the suspect’s colour is not mentioned if they are black. News reports from Lagos, Nairobi, Harare and Cape Town don’t mention it either. There must be a subtle thread here or perhaps newspapers worldwide have a common agenda. I wonder what it is?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s rephrase the question as follows:

    what would the US be like today if the media, politicians, etc. , had been brutally honest about the reality of black crime rates over the past 50 years or so??

    Here are some possible answers:

    whites would be more savvy about avoiding explosions of black on white violence.

    The US would be even more segregated, but a heck of a lot safer for whites.

    We might have developed rational policies by now for dealing with the breathtakingly, staggeringly, high levels of black violence, crime and dysfunction in America.

    For some reason, the topic of race makes people incredibly stupid (including the waffling writer of the above article).

    If almost 40% of Japanese American males were dangerous felons, people would avoid them like the plague, with good reason.

    If close to 0% of black Americans were dangerous felons, no one would be afraid of them – just like no one is afraid of Japanese Americans.

    All of which should be obvious to a bright nine-year-old.

    Minus the brainwashing.

  • Paul Jones

    Needing to live in New York City several years ago, I had to check out possible neighborhoods in which my lower-middle class income could permit me to find some place relatively safe. I wound up in an Asian neighborhood in Queens, in large part because I thought to myself, “When’s the last time you heard about an Asian mugger?”

    To pretend that upscale whites don’t consider the racial makeup of a neighborhood, despite all their talk about equality and all, is not true. The problem is that Black youth are now targeting the liberal, wealthier neighborhoods. For example, when the Rodney King riots broke out in Los Angeles (in 1992 as I recall)the Blacks talked about going “to torch the three B’s (Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood)It now looks like out of control “flash mobs” are entering such neighboroods in big cities at will to wreak havoc, without waiting for a full scale riot like they did in the past.

  • Stogie Golfer

    15 & 17 Anonymous- 2 excellent observations about the sham that is known as the MSM & another sham in the black community known as “stop snitching”. This is how ignorant some blacks are. I was reading an internet article on a black interest website one day about a crime that took place amongst some local gang over a shooting over drugs. Imagine that. Well, the writer spun the tone of the article towards not reporting to the police if any of the readers know anything about the shooter.

    The moron writer said for the bystanders to keep all the info to themselves without sharing w/ law enforcement, because the “cops have their own code of silence” called the”Blue Wall”. Oh, well that explains everything! Now it’s fair, right?

    If I have to explain the difference between black witnesses to a criminal act not talking to law enforcement (which is a crime in itself), & police not snitching on another who may have stretched the boundaries of ethical, because some unruly and unlawful minorities’ civil rights ” might” have been violated during an arrest? Come on now.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    My daughter has a classmate that is 1/4 Japanese. This girl and my daughter are good friends. She was one of a few girls over the other night for a birthday party. Her grandfather was stationed in Japan with the Navy back in the 1950’s. I’m sure that for reporting purposes, she is placed in the “multiracial” or Asian category. I can think of one Asian boy at my kids school; the other 4 or 5 are girls adopted from China. In the “Alice in Wonderland” mentality of the MSM, I should be quaking in my boots whenever I see the grandmother. As far as I know, both the mother and grandmother of my daughter’s classmate have never “been in the system”. We’re all aware of those attacks led by groups of Japanese grandmothers masquerading as black teenagers.

    Contrast that with the news blaring from the idiot box nightly concerning the inner city of the nearby major metropolitan area and there is good reason I avoid that area at night. Even though I cringe at some of these names that my peers give their children (Aidan, Braden, Cayden, and so on), some of the really oddball names that blacks give their children are a Godsend.

    Unless the parents name the kid Michael, James, or something fairly normal, you almost know instinctively that they are black. Even the Asian kids at my daughter’s school all have normal names. Granted most were changed from something like Xiong Zhang to Olivia Randolph. The black parents who were procreating when I was born had the foresight to give junior a normal name. However, almost to a person, they came up with the screwiest middle names. I guess they just couldn’t contain themselves. Walter Edwards doesn’t necessarily specify race (I know a couple of White guys named Walter), but Walter DeoVante Edwards is a dead ringer.

    If Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote “The Scarlet Letter” now; Hester Prynne would be forced to give her daughter some really outrageous name instead of having a large “A” tacked to her dress.

  • WASP

    I have to chime in on this one.

    Again, I wish whites could leave this planet and then come back in 5 years to see what has turned into.

    Of course we know more when race is mentioned. When we see a black face in the mug-shot it tells a story. It tells us:

    70% of black children are born out of wedlock today. In 1960 25% were out of wedlock

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4865449

    so, 75% of black males drop out of high school in Detroit.

    Detroit News, 2010

    http://www.grpundit.com/2007/06/12/detroit-schools-75-dropout-rate/

    so,

    71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)

    so

    85% of youths in prisons grew up in fatherless homes (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)

    and

    32% of US black men born in 2001 will go to prison during their life

    U.S. incarceration rates by race, June 30, 2006:

    White: 409 per 100,000

    Latino: 1,038 per 100,000

    Black: 2,468 per 100,000

    All this tells us that all those white redneck cracker white trash racists were correct after all. Blacks are dangerous. Blacks hate whites and that is reflected in the crime stats.

    Bono, Bill Clinton, Mike Combs and Michael Eric Dyson types could NEVER admit that George Wallace was right in much of his views on race.

  • UnclePen

    40 — Harumphty Dumpty wrote at 12:57 AM on June 9:

    “…the crimes don’t appear to be racially motivated.”

    I don’t care one way or the other about that.

    I care that blacks are attacking white people. I don’t care why they are attacking white people.

    ————

    Exactly. I read once of a town that was inundated by swarms of deadly fer de lance snakes after a volcanic eruption. News reports didn’t include the statement, “There is no reason to think that the fer de lance attacks have been species motivated.”

    The concern was that the fer de lances were swarming and were biting people, not whether they were motivated by hate or were just being fer de lances.

    The volcano of racial integration is erupting, and we are beginning to be swarmed by a danger that we are not accustomed to having among us.

  • Ben

    “If I was one of the women attacked after the first attack and I learned that the Buffalo News didn’t report the first attack, I would have hired a lawyer to see if the Buffalo News could be held culpable for suppressing information relevant my safety and well being.”

    Is that legal? If it is true why hasn’t anyone tried it for race? I don’t think you can sue for suppressing unreported facts; but, then again, I don’t know law.

    If all the stereotypes are untrue why not just report the facts. If you’re so scared of perpetuating stereotypes that either means people are so stupid or there is truth to the stereotypes. Which one is it.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m ambivalent about the omission of the attackers’ race in the news accounts, but I think I would have decided to leave it out too.”

    Yeah, I am sure she does that when driving into a black neighborhood. or seeing a group of oriental kids walking down Michigan Avenue.

    It must be so difficult to live with such lies. I have heard that many such ‘liberals’ are very different when among themselves and off the record..

  • Anonymous

    “So, yes, the attackers were black. We notice. But how to measure the relevance of the fact?”

    As a reporter, it’s your JOB to report the facts. It is NOT your job to “measure the relevance of the fact.” That’s for sociologists and politicians — and also your READERS — to do.

    So, Ms. Smich, you may stop wringing your moisturized and manicured pale-skinned hands over this, as I have solved for you your moral dilemma. Just tell your readers the facts, and leave the measurement of their relevance to others.

    That wasn’t so hard, was it?

  • Richard

    Kind of a duplicate post, but why is age and gender relevant but not race.

    Remove age instead of race: “A group of black males attacked…”

    Remove gender instead of race: “A group of young blacks attacked…”

    Either is more informative than “A group of male teens attacked…”

    You know it’s self-serving drivel that “the blackness doesn’t add any information.

    Why not take this to its (il)logical extreme, and remove all references to race, age, and gender. Why stop there – remove references to species, life status, etc.

    “A group of existents encountered another existent today.”

    Boy, these crime reports would practically write themselves in that case!

  • Screamin’ Ruffed Grouse

    “Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior. Just because this mob was young and black hardly means that all young, black people in groups are a violent mob.”

    Perhaps not. But it is a virtual guarantee that whenever enough young blacks are assembled in one place, violent mobs are going to erupt. Very, VERY nearly always. I’ve witnessed this first hand in numerous cities across the U.S.. So have countless others.

    Anon. # 26-

    Your post is indeed still up, at least as of 2PM on Thursday. In fact, I’m somewhat heartened by the fact that in 3 pages of posts I read on the original article, not a single one was from someone naive or stupid enough to agree with Ms. Schmich’s idiocy.

  • anon

    Click on the source link and take a look at the comments under the article. Our work is done here.

  • Anonymous

    “Race alone doesn’t predict or explain behavior.”

    That’s right. And smoke is not a 100% guarantee of fire….but it is a darn good indicator.

    Dark clouds is not a guarantee of rain….but it’s a darn good indicator.

    Which is more likely to kill a baby, a pit-bull or a golden lab?

    It won’t be long before common sense is against the law.

  • Simon Pure

    After reading articles on this in the local press I find that

    after an attack by black thugs on (I presume)Whites the black

    folks be upset. They demand, and new Chief of Police, concedes

    that there will be no profiling of black youths. How terrible that would be…kids my miss the opening trailers of a movie.

    White kids have been profiled for years by being passed over

    in college admissions, jobs, etc. in the name of affirmative

    discrimination. This racial punishment is a harm that can hurt

    for years or a life time. But, it’s only Whites.

  • Anonymous

    “Anonymous wrote at 6:33 AM on June 9:

    Let’s rephrase the question as follows:

    what would the US be like today if the media, politicians, etc. , had been brutally honest about the reality of black crime rates over the past 50 years or so??”

    Whites would no longer give blacks a free pass. They would openly criticize black behavior and …..and perhaps blacks would start acting better.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    on the lam from the Thought Police writes:

    I have been told many times that most black criminals prey on blacks, and that most white crime victims are the victims of white criminals.

    Anytime anyone tells you that, tell him he’s wrong and correct him immediately.

    This is a lie and myth that needs to be confronted, exposed and blown up until disproportionate, violent black crime against Whites becomes unquestioned, common knowledge.

    According to Color of Crime: Blacks commit more violent crime against Whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are White, 43 percent are black…Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white.

    Tell them these are stats from the White-hating DOJ and no-Whites-need-apply FBI; organizations that are NO friend to Whites. If anyone dismisses these figures, as someone on this board did two weeks ago, then that person is impervious to reason and isn’t worth your time and energy.

    What we know is that we should always keep a healthy distance between ourselves and any congregation of young blacks.

    –Anon #16

    There is no reason to include the race anymore because we already know which race.

    –scrappy

    No, “we” don’t know which race. Americans, especially American children are exposed to a 24/7 cover-up of black crime — including black mass murder and vicious, torture-rape murders committed by blacks against Whites — by the media, schools and government.

    Therefore, it is up to YOU and all of us to Spread the Word to our White children and loved ones that blacks are to be avoided whenever possible, are violent, will attack without provocation. I take no chances around blacks; no White should.

    It may save their lives. Take a hint from the hispanic gangs in Azuza; there is a very good reason why they’re ethnically cleansing blacks out of their neighborhoods — and it’s not all due to drug rivalries, it is about protecting their loved ones from black violence.

    news papers that insult you should go out of busines(s)

    –wat tyler 23

    They are. But not fast enough:

    Circulation at USA Today plunged 17.15 percent in the six-month period ending in September

    Circulation losses experienced by the San Francisco Chronicle (-25.82 percent), the Star Ledger of Newark (-22.22 percent), the Dallas Morning News (-22.16 percent), the Boston Globe (-18.48 percent) and the New York Post (-18.77 percent) were even steeper.

    The Arizona Republic (-12.30 percent), the Cleveland Plain Dealer (-11.24 percent), the Los Angeles Times (-11.05 percent), the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times (-10.70 percent), the San Diego Union Tribune (-10.05 percent), the Chicago Tribune (-9.72 percent), the Detroit Free-Press (-9.56 percent) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (-9.50 percent) also lost significant print circulation, ABC reports.

    The papers claim they are losing readership to the Internet but I don’t believe it. Whites are sick and tired of the White-hating, marxist messages the msm continue to blast. As wat tyler writes: It is about time for whitey to strike back economically.

    I’d say it far past time for Whites to strike back.

    Bon

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    47 — Anonymous wrote at 6:33 AM on June 9:

    Let’s rephrase the question as follows:

    what would the US be like today if the media, politicians, etc. , had been brutally honest about the reality of black crime rates over the past 50 years or so??

  • Richard

    Actually, another thought. These editors may be more “race aware” than they give themselves credit for.

    Imagine reading the following: “A pit bull bit a North Shore man early this morning. Pit bulls have four legs, two ears, and teeth.”

    This would be a ridiculous redundancy. Likewise, writing that “A violent criminal act was committed. A person of African descent committed the act” would be redundant, hence no need to mention it.

    Yeah, that *must* be it.

  • SoCal

    Check the comments from the Tribune. The author gets gutted therein.

  • Anonymous

    I smell desperation in this ‘admission’. “They didn’t fall for it! What do we do now?!” “Uh…I don’t know…pretend to agree with them but scold them anyway?”

  • Anonymous

    She starts out by asking a relevant and very obvious question, one whose answer should be self-apparent to everyone. But then she caves in and surrenderes to political correctness after all.

    Well, she knows where her bread is buttered, no doubt.

    If I were attacked by a wilding group of people, all of whom were 7 feet fall, bald, and barefoot, would that mean something? If You were attacked by a group of one-eyed midgets, every one of them with flaming red hair and no front teeth, would that – just perhaps – mean something? Would that physical description not be worth reporting? Or would it be prejudicial?

    She might supercilliously ask: “What’s their appearance got to do with anything?” Well, obviously it would seem to have something to do with something! It would mean, for whatever strange reason, that people in that area would be wise to be wary of mobs of red-haired midgets with no front teeth, or groups of bald seven-footers who are barefoot.

    This is a silly analogy, I admit, but no less silly than her lame excusal of mobs of violent young blacks who time after time have proven their criminal proclivities. Blindness to that fact is sheer idiocy.

  • Anonymous

    The false logic of the media. As every teacher knows (and constantly has to bring up when a parent complains about a consequence given when their child “only did it once” —

    If it is ONE incidence, then race is not an issue. If it is a PATTERN, it IS an issue. Just like those parents try to pretend the consequence came after one ofense and is therefore “unfair,” these editors try to pretend that the feelings against blacks are because of one inmcidence and therefore “bigotry.” Once you explain that it’s a pattern, they should get the point.

  • Anonymous

    Just require the police to provide a detailed description including race and other distinguishing features. Require that Crime Alerts (like Amber Alerts) are flashed over social media and all media outlets online and on the air. Any individual in a media outlet that fails to report the full-description will be prosecuting for obstruction of justice, as would any police officer who fails to file an accurate report. We can even charge them with being an accessory after the fact. We need to play hardball people. Make our enemies squirm.

  • Steven

    I’m happy the press doesn’t mention the race of criminals when reporting. I’d get pretty tired of hearing about all the white child molesters, white serial killers, white pedophiles, white bank fraud etc.

    Knowing the race of a perp doesn’t help me in any way.

  • Anonymous

    Moral of story- Carry a powerful handgun wherever you travel.

  • sbuffalonative

    I’m happy the press doesn’t mention the race of criminals when reporting. I’d get pretty tired of hearing about all the white child molesters, white serial killers, white pedophiles, white bank fraud etc.

    Steven, that you identify these crimes as being committed solely or largely by whites only goes to show that you do see these criminals identified as white. Clearly you have made the connection.

    However, you’re missing the point of the article. It’s about identifying unknown suspects.

    If a group of black teens attack a man sitting on a park bench and the black teens get away, the media should identify the criminals as black teens because it aids in their capture and is a warning to the public. If the suspect are on the lam, they should be identified.

    The examples you cite about serial killers and bank fraud don’t follow this pattern unless the suspect is identified and at large. That’s why when a white man attempts to molest a child, the suspect is identified as white. The same thing should apply to identifying black suspects.

    BTW, there are plenty of black serial killers. Just do a google search and you will find them.

    Here’s a youtube video from 2008 which needs to be updated:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8gYc5fvMQ0

  • Anonymous

    #43 Honey wrote-“The omitting of race in crime reports is getting to be an ongoing joke in Australia.

    I feel it is really important to report race. For instance with the influx of Indian migrants in Australia, there has been a massive spike in sexual assaults committed by Indians on Australian women. ”

    Can you provide data to substantiate this? To the best of my knowledge, this is false. Most of the rapes are committed by Lebanese and other Muslims.

  • John Engelman

    62 — Bon, From the Land of Babble wrote at 3:23 PM on June 9:

    on the lam from the Thought Police writes:

    I have been told many times that most black criminals prey on blacks, and that most white crime victims are the victims of white criminals.

    Anytime anyone tells you that, tell him he’s wrong and correct him immediately.

    This is a lie and myth that needs to be confronted, exposed and blown up until disproportionate, violent black crime against Whites becomes unquestioned, common knowledge.

    According to Color of Crime: Blacks commit more violent crime against Whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are White, 43 percent are black…Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white.

    Tell them these are stats from the White-hating DOJ and no-Whites-need-apply FBI; organizations that are NO friend to Whites.

    ——-

    Bon, From the Land of Babble,

    Where do you think Jared Taylor got his information for “The Color of Crime?” What follows are some of the footnotes for his essay:

    ——-

    4 Arrest data are from US, Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau

    of Investigation (FBI), Crime in the United States, 2002 [This

    is the official title of document that is based on the Uniform

    Crime Reporting Program (UCR).] (Washington, DC: US Government

    Printing Office [USGPO], 2003), p. 252. Unless otherwise

    indicated, all information about arrests in this report is

    from this source. . .

    7 NCVS incident-level data for the years 2001 to 2003 were

    extracted from US, Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

    (BJS), National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-2003. . .

    Arrest data: FBI, Crime in the United States, 2001

    (USGPO, 2002), p. 252. FBI, Crime in the United States, 2002

    (USGPO, 2003), p. 252. FBI, Crime in the United States, 2003

    (USGPO, 2004), p. 288. . .

    10 FBI, National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2002

    [Computer file], compiled by the FBI, ed. ICPSR (Ann Arbor,

    Mich.: ICPSR [producer and distributor], 2004.). . .

    12 BJS, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2002

    (USGPO, 2003), p. 267.

    13 For methods of handling missing data in the Supplementary

    Homicide Reports, see James Alan Fox, “Weighting

    and Imputation Procedures for the 1976-2002 Cumulative Data

    File” (BJS), http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/

    imputationandweighting.htm. Accessed June 20, 2005.

    14 BJS, “Homicide Trends in the U.S.: Trends by Race,”

    (BJS), http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/tables/

    oracetab.htm. Accessed June 20, 2005. This is a tabulation of

    data from the Supplementary Homicide Reports.

    http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.pdf

    ——-

    I could go on and on, but I hope you get my point.

  • Un-Indoctrinated

    Steven, Steven. Typical liberal nonsense rebuttal. First of all, when you stated “white pedophiles, white child molesters.” That is the same label. You are only repeating yourself to add to a list that fits your narrative. Look up Lindsey Bruce Columbus, Ohio. Black pedophile who raped, murdered & decapitated 5 year old White female. Emily Rimel. It sickens me to no end that I ever have to bring up that story.

    And by the way Stevey, by population %, Whites should have a huge criminal lead for “sexual predation”, but blacks are not far behind on this. Many blacks who are incarcerated for non-sex related crimes actually have a sexual predator label on them from somewhere in their past. So spare me that blacks aren’t pedophiles. Moron.

  • Honey

    Anon 73 – the newspapers were reporting the sexual assaults by Indians and then the nationality was reported less and less.

    They may be by Indian Muslims but the main stream media doesn’t drill down that far in reporting this, which is my point. If one group is prone to sexually assaulting women more than others then people do need to be aware of it.

    I’m not sure where you are located but it has been a noticeable problem where I am living. We are all aware that it is happening and the silence is deafening.

  • Anonymous

    Failing to mention race in such a context as in this kind of street crime ultimately leads me to think cognitive dissonance is at work here. In other words, mind control through techniques which disturb the mental processes of listeners to the extent that a message which subverts the actual logically obvious message prevails.

    A la Goebbels.

    Where in Nazi Germany it should have been clear a totalitarian age was in the offing, many thought it wouldn’t become that way because Hitler’s propaganda insidiously portrayed the killings in the asylums and the lebensborn lunacy as acceptable, so we in the USA are told to think that the not-at-all obscure racial hatred component of much street crime is not what it is; rather it is “random.”

    So don’t get alarmed and don’t draw conclusions. Especially conclusions of the type that family breakdown amidst government welfare programs are not at all connected. And that once a family is broken it doesn’t regenerate; that once entropy wins order doesn’t re-establish itself without outside effort.

  • Orion Blue

    I’m happy the press doesn’t mention the race of criminals when reporting.

    I don’t doubt that for one minute.

    I’d get pretty tired of hearing about all the:

    1. white child molesters
    2. white serial killers
    3. white pedophiles
    4. white bank fraud, etc

    Taking each by turn, 1.) Something that registers as pathological behaviour in a given society or culture tends to be more easily detected. 2). Just take a look at some of the suppressed and heavily played-down cases that only appear on the internet. 3). Please see point 1). Please also bear in mind that in a society where the age of majority is a prerequisite for marriage (one man to one woman, not ‘playing the field’ with a raft of sponging babbymammas), rather than a shuck ‘n’ jive free for all feel-good catastrophy such crimes are recognised as such, rather than being considered the ‘norm’. 3). Please refer to public administration in many major cities that have been indelibly stained by corruption; Bank fraud can be seen more as a crime of opportunity in this context than anything else. If you can’t get in, then you can’t cheat and steal your way to a small fortune.

    When it comes to crime generally, if there is no viable framework of normative behaviour to follow, then clearly such instances of behaviour may never be recognised as ‘criminal’ at all. Just look at the post-hoc excuses and justifications that are wheeled out for the sorts of pathological behaviour that the media do their utmost to suppress.