Posted on June 6, 2012

Is It Racist to Say ‘Blacks Attacking Whites’?

Colin Flaherty, World Net Daily, June 5, 2012

Let’s say thousands of people riot in your upscale downtown neighborhood. And it happens a few dozen times in just a few years: Not just partying, but violence, destruction, theft and serious injuries.

Much of it on YouTube.

Question: If people notice that most of the criminals were black and most of the victims were white, does that make them racist?

Depends. In Philadelphia, it makes you a hero. In Baltimore, a bigot.

Let’s start with Philadelphia: For three years, the black mayor, Michael Nutter, said race had nothing to do with the dozens of violent episodes of black people marauding through older neighborhoods, stealing, beating and destroying property.

“There is no racial component to stupid behavior,” Nutter told the New York Times in one of the few stories to even raise the topic — if only to dismiss it.


Finally, Nutter changed: The rioters were black and “they were hurting their own race,” Nutter told a crowd at his neighborhood Baptist church.

At his side: the head of the Philadelphia Branch of the NAACP, J. Whyatt Mondesire. Nutter’s comments were “courageous,” he said. “These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it.”


Nutter was “Disgusted by the mobs of African American youths who have been terrorizing folks in City Center lately, he gave the black community a good old-fashioned whipping,” said Annette John Hall, columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The tough love had weak results: Violence continued — as did the local media’s willingness to ignore its racial component.

One hundred miles down the road, mob violence at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor may have been less manic and less reported, but it was at least as widespread.


As to the race of the criminals in this and other incidents? That’s not something reporters in Baltimore wonder about.

But state legislator Pat McDonough did.

In the spring of 2012, McDonough and his wife saw it for themselves while visiting the Inner Harbor for a charity dinner: Hundreds of people marauding through the streets, fighting, wreaking havoc.


A few weeks later McDonough issued a press release, calling for the mayor and governor to declare a “No-Travel” zone in the area because it was not safe. The headline on his press release read: “Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays.”

{snip} The governor, mayor, elected officials and the media lined up to blast McDonough.

“Race-baiting,” said a fellow legislator.

“Racially charged publicity stunt,” said a spokesman for the mayor.

The governor “dismissed” McDonough because crime was down.

The former head of the NAACP in Baltimore said McDonough was guilty of bigotry.

The editorial writers of the Baltimore Sun dutifully heaped on the scorn: “Bluster … Bombast … Bloviating,” they called it. “Why is the race of those involved in criminal behavior pertinent?,” they asked McDonough.

Fair question, McDonough said.

“They should tell us,” said McDonough. “In the days before and after this editorial, the Sun has run articles referring to race more than 100 times. There were stories about black homesteaders, black ministers, blacks and illegal immigration, blacks and schools, blacks and gay rights, black tennis stars, blacks in the 1940 census, black school children, black criminal suspects, black criminal victims. The list goes on and on. All from the paper that pleads with us to ignore race. I’m confused. Do we ignore race or not?

“Or is it sometimes yes and sometimes no?” he said.

“If you pay attention to race are you a bigot or enlightened? These big city newspapers writers are just too bright for me.”

McDonough’s supporters in and out of Baltimore noticed that despite the name-calling, no one questioned his facts.