Philadelphia Mayor Talks Tough to Black Teenagers After ‘Flash Mobs’

Dave Boyer, Washington Times, August 8, 2011

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob”–spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.

“Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s third black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ’cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ’cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

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The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.

“These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.

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In the past two years, the City of Brotherly Love has been the scene of several flash mobs in which youths meet at planned locations by texting one another and then commit assorted mayhem.

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In the latest event July 29, about 20 to 30 youths descended on Center City after dark, then punched, beat and robbed bystanders. One man was kicked so savagely that he was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Police arrested four people, including an 11-year-old.

Other cities have grappled with the problem of destructive flash mobs. {snip}

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Mr. Nutter, a strong ally of President Obama and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, took to the pulpit of his Baptist church Sunday to deliver a 30-minute sermon about black families taking responsibility for the behavior.

“The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia,” Mr. Nutter said. “So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.”

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  • Anonymous

    The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.

    “These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.

    As long as the person calling them out is black, otherwise dat be racisss!

  • Question Diversity

    Before you want to turn Nutter into a hero, he wants more hours at the city’s recreation centers and wants hip hop artists to help: http://goo.gl/ympYF

    http://goo.gl/KC3PS – AR story from several months ago, Start at comment #12. The long and short of it is that anything which brings young blacks together, even if it is under law enforcement imprimatur, only serves to beg for more of these mahogany mobs.

    “If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

    The Mayor is falsely assuming that most of these young people want jobs.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    AS IF THEY CARE!

  • Seek

    It’s very nice that Philadelphia’s black mayor said these things. And believe it — they do need to be said. The problem is that if he were white and put things this way, he’d practically be run out of town. When whites are permitted to give this sort of “Cosby talk,” then I’ll know we’re living in a free society. But not until then.

  • David Gurney

    A third party all Wharton School ticket:Trump and Nutter.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t there an issue a year or so back about black kids from inner-city Philadelphia wanting to use pool at a country club in the suburbs which resulted in a series of lawsuits against the establishment and it being shut down? Now maybe Mayor Nutter and the black institutions in Philly can understand why the country club made the stance that it did?

  • Anonymous

    The Philly mayor says good stuff. Anyone of any race should feel free to say the same.

  • Anonymous

    “you have damaged your own race.”

    The insanity has reached new epic heights. The mayor is trying to control anti-white violence by appealing to their thirst for black power.

  • Follow The Light

    “If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

    Hey! I said that first! But somehow I’m the racist for not hiring them. Or others go out of business because they have to hire them.

  • Tom in illinois

    Imagine if this mayor was white…he would be removed from office!

  • Susan

    It’s about time a black leader faced the truth and did something to address the culture of violence in the black race!

  • Shawn (the female)

    If a white man had said this, what what ever was left of him if he made it home would be arrested. Never mind if it’s true; this is the epitome of the double standard.

  • Anonymous

    he mentioned the public librarys are open and they should be reading books. one news report on the riots in london showed a book store between two looted stores, the book store was unscathed.

  • Jeddermann.

    “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,”

    OH, the Bantu kids are just going to be so scared when they hear this Nutter talk. Right now they are laughing their heads off. They will now BE MORE INCLINED TO WALK AROUND WITH THEIR “HOODIES” UP RATHER THAN DOWN!!

    Really Mr. Nutter, you KNOW there is NO hope, don’t you? Nutter is nuts.

  • ConcernedWASP

    Finally. This does not happen nearly enough. And why are these 2 men the only members of the AA community speaking out? Where are the other AA leaders? Obamas, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson, Rice, Powell? They have nothing to say on this matter? Either they are cowards or worthless…

  • Anonymous

    Good for Nutter, but he’s no theological expert. He’s confusing the Mystery of the Virgin Birth with the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

  • Tom Iron

    Nutter’s talk is just that, talk. Mayor Frank Rizzo didn’t talk much. He just went out and personally busted heads. Blacks understand and respect that. Unfortuneately, that’s the only thing they understand and respect.

    Tom Iron…

  • Who In Their White Mind?

    The fact that these mobs still continue after a couple years of this tells you just how weak-minded the injustice system & law un-enforcement is. I see a direct correlation to CEOs breaking the law, and middle man types getting busted, and on the street crime level, Whites being persecuted for black man’s criminal acts.

    I think it goes to show that there will be a revolution in this country. Maybe not a violent one, although / each passing day it seems more unlikely. I don’t see any way that these scenes of anarchy will not turn on its creator(s).

  • Anonymous

    Booker T. Washington said much the same thing a century ago, but WEB DuBois said it was easier to shake whitey down than build yourself up. The most significant thing about this speech is that it was delivered in the year 2011-just about 50 years late. No black would have listened if a white man had said it, and that speaks volumes about the two populations that cannot share the same territory in harmony. Kudos to the mayor, but it’s too little, too late.

  • Sardonicus

    I commend Mayor Nutter for his courageous talk, but now action is demanded. I couldn’t see these problems developing under the late lamented mayor Frank Rizzo. Tough guy Frank is geniunely missed–when will come another like him?

  • olewhitelady

    A few black politicians are starting to see the writing on the wall and are beginning to even criticize Obama. In most elections, they can’t win without some white support, and they all know this basic fact: when white folks begin to fear black mobs, there’s big trouble brewing for blacks. Only the very young and profoundly stupid believe anything else. If blacks aren’t old enough to remember segregation and club-wielding cops, then they learned about it at their mama’s knee. Black leaders are able to score big points by frightening fellow blacks with the mention of the Tea Party or even the mere sight of the Confederate flag.

    The Prez, of course, learned no such thing at his white mama’s knee. While black mobs are rioting in the U.S. and U.K., he’s boogying down at the White House.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is a society that discriminates so blatantly against African-Americans that the only avenue for venting is this type of behavior. It is easy for people who enjoy white privilege to condemn this behavior without acknowledging whites’ responsibility for creating road blocks to success. If our government would only provide more money for the grossly underfunded schools, disadvantaged people of color would have opportunities to enjoy the opportunities others take for granted.

  • Anonymous

    The true test is whether a white mayor can utter the same words and keep his job and public standing. Mayor Nutter’s “Bill Cosby moment” is nice, but only goes so far. We whites want the same freedom to denounce black underclass behavior.

  • Californian

    If our government would only provide more money for the grossly underfunded schools, disadvantaged people of color would have opportunities to enjoy the opportunities others take for granted.

    And if only the government would provide special grants for minority owned businesses; and set up black studies programs in the universities; and name a national holiday after a civil rights hero; and enact hate crime laws to protect minorities from White flash mobs; and set up an office to investigate claims of discrimination in the workplace and housing; and have NASA actively search for black scientists and engineers; and hand over White ruled countries such as Rhodesia to black majorities; and…

  • Terese

    To Anonymous #21, when I read your comment I assumed you were being sarcastic. You’re kidding, right?

  • Soprano Fan

    Before any of you posters laud Michael Nutter for his perceived oratory, this is the same man who said he had “a constitutional right to not get shot”.

    He’s virulently pro-gun control, and is a member of Bloomberg’s Mayors Against “Illegal” Guns coaltion.

  • Anonymous

    The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.

    “These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.

    ——————————–

    Oh, really? Is it not the NAACP who is SUING that airline and White pilot for telling that BLACK sports figure to leave the plane if he did not pull up his pants?

    What hypocrites the NAACP is. Now this Nutter guy is head of the NAACP in Philly? What does that tell ya.

  • PatRiot

    “19 — Anonymous wrote at 7:17 AM on August 10:

    Booker T. Washington said much the same thing a century ago, but WEB DuBois said it was easier to shake whitey down than build yourself up. The most significant thing about this speech is that it was delivered in the year 2011-just about 50 years late.”

    EXACTLY what I thought as I read these comments by Nutter. I remember after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights, both mys sister and I – Catholic school kids – were (separately) downtown in an upstate NY city and were accosted by blacks who said “We’re free , give us some money!” Also, cadged free cigarettes from white kids. The politically expedient Civil Rights Act, passed without explanation or education of those “benefited,” made no demand for accountability or responsibility, and it has been thus ever since.

  • Alexandra

    I have to ask: Can you really “damage” something that’s dysfunctional to begin with?

  • Question Diversity

    As social commentary, I agree with most of Mayor Nutter’s sermon. However, taken in context, there’s something that bothers me about it. I can’t put my finger on the exact reason, but I have been able to work up three somewhat flawed theories:

    1. Lamestream conservatives are gushing all over him and this commentary, even though Nutter is by no means a lamestream conservative, and is in fact a personal friend of Obama (supposedly). Michael Savage is ready to make Nutter the President. Maybe it’s the pander pimp mentality of “diversity loving” lamestream conservative laudatory reaction to his commentary, more than his commentary itself, that is bothering me. However, if every lamestream conservative on talk radio said that 2 + 2 = 4, that shouldn’t bother me or make it any less true simply because lamestream conservatives say it.

    2. I feel sort of the same way about the people to whom Nutter is preaching as I do about daytime trash TV talk shows. This is not an original theory on my part — Someone else who posts regularly here at AR came up with it, and put into words thoughts I was having but was not able to translate into readable English. So whoever you are, make sure you speak your piece and lay proper claim to your theory.

    Yes, while it may be amusing to go “tee hee” and laugh at the loutish pitiful cases that parade in and out of Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, et al., (assuming they’re for real, I get the feeling that a lot of that is made up, a discussion for another day), and while it might be amusing to listen to Nutter and feel morally superior to the black men who sag their pants to show their posterior cracks, who have arms full of tats, whose fatherhood is limited only to a direct sperm donation, and who engage in mahogany mob action, I get the feeling that those of us who feel that way are only doing ourselves a disservice. If we’re satisfied with being merely one iota better than the lowest common denominators of society, then there’s a lot more wrong with us than there is with them. I thought the whole point in life and the whole point of having all our capability and our three digit IQs was to have goals and ambitions in life way higher than the dregs of society. Other than the constraints of time, I limit my viewing of shows like Springer and Povich to as close as zero as possible, because I don’t want to get complacent.

    3. I get the feeling that the beaux ideal black man in the minds of people like Michael Nutter is not an 18-year old sagging his pants, with a torso and two arms full of tats, dreadlocked hair, taking a yearly shower from a broken open fire hydrant in summer, fathering multiple children he barely knows exist, but instead Barack Obama. In other words, Nutter’s sermon here is and should not be interpreted in the verve of white nationalism or race realism, or that white people deserve their own racial or ethno states. What Nutter really wants is for young blacks to behave more like Obama, because their behaving badly is only scaring white people and turning them into WN/RR and turning them away from the integrationist/miscegenationist sacraments. In my mind, the mulatto black President nor NAACP lawyers who never commit any crimes and wear their pants with belts and at waste level are greater dangers to Occidental civilization than are the criminal thug ostentatious street blacks. The former try to “blend in” and wreck us from within using our own mores, the latter are at least “different” or “the other” enough to be obvious threats and keep white consciousness alive.

  • Anonymous

    To Poster 6 Anonymous, you’re exactly right. I remember the pool incident. Why should people who pay high property taxes and high country club fees entertain troublesome outsiders for free or darn well close to it. What was it, one of those Fresh Air Fund outings?

  • Anonymous

    You know what? I finally watched the video, and I see no evidence of anything. Everything is “witnesses said”. Let’s suspend judgment until this goes to trial, with hopefully some white jurors in the mix.

  • Cid Campeador

    “The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia,” Mr. Nutter said. “So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.”

    Mayor Nutter,

    The Immaculate Conception had nothing to do with Jesus’s conception. Ir refers to Mary being conceived without original sin.

    The dogma to which you referred is known as the “Virgin Birth”.

  • Anonymous

    Is an election coming up soon? That is the only reason a black Mayor would criticize black thugs. He will need money and support from the White elites of Philly.

    Every once in a while some black politician makes this kind of speech. It means absolutely nothing, especially as it was in a Church in front of all those family values church lady hypocrites.

    Why does he not follow Boston, NYC and Los Angeles gang injunction program?

  • Rat in a Maze

    Why does he not follow Boston, NYC and Los Angeles gang injunction program?

    Because he sees nothing wrong with blacks attacking whites.