Are Race Riots News?

Thomas Sowell, Real Clear Politics, July 17, 2012

When I first saw a book with the title, “White Girl Bleed A Lot” by Colin Flaherty, I instantly knew what it was about, even though I had not seen the book reviewed anywhere, and knew nothing about the author.


That phrase was spoken by a member of a mob of young blacks who attacked whites at random at a Fourth of July celebration in Milwaukee last year. What I was appalled to learn, in the course of my research, was that such race riots have occurred in other cities across the United States in recent years—and that the national mainstream media usually ignore these riots.

Where the violence is too widespread and too widely known locally to be ignored, both the local media and public officials often describe what happened as unspecified “young people” attacking unspecified victims for unspecified reasons. But videos of the attacks often reveal both the racial nature of these attacks and the racial hostility expressed by the attackers.

Are race riots not news?

Ignoring racial violence only guarantees that it will get worse. The Chicago Tribune has publicly rationalized its filtering out of any racial identification of attackers and their victims, even though the media do not hesitate to mention race when decrying statistical disparities in arrest or imprisonment rates.


Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is even 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 across America.

Flaherty’s previous writings have won him praise and awards, but this book has been met largely with silence or abuse. However much ignoring the ugly realities that his book reveals may serve the interests of the media or politicians, a cover-up is a huge disservice to everyone else—whether black, white or whatever.


The dangers to the nation as a whole are an even bigger problem. The truth has a way of eventually coming out, in spite of media silence and politicians’ spin. If the truth becomes widely known, and a white backlash follows, turning one-way race riots into two-way race riots, then a cycle of revenge and counter-revenge can spiral out of control, as has already happened in too many other countries around the world.

Most blacks and most whites in the United States today get along with each other. But what is chilling is how often in history racial or ethnic groups that co-existed peacefully for generations—often as neighbors—have suddenly turned on each other with lethal violence.


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  • WmarkW

    We all know the cliche about what isn’t news.
    Dog=black; man=white; commits a crime against=bites.

    • JustaWhiteMom

      I don’t think they fail to report it because its not interesting news; I think they fail to report it because they know they have betrayed white America and they don’t want to swing from a lamp post.

      • gemjunior

        Dead right,  White Mom.  The thing is that they will swing twice as quick from lamposts, and twice as many if they don’t stop the nonsense.  Whites are waking up all over the place and even blacks like T. Sowell are having the nerve to report on this madness.  It’s only a matter of time before the journalists begin to worry not about their editors and owners but about the population.  We Whites are still the majority although it’s not much of a majority it’s still influential enough.  And he’s also right about those managing to rub along together (Yugoslavs) suddenly turning on each other savagely.  Blacks should NOT be looking forward to that day but due to their lack of IQ are goading Whites, unknowingly provoking what could end up removing all their unearned privileges gained since the 1960s.

        Imagine them getting what they deserve, then howling RACISM! and nobody listening?  No newscasters reporting it, no judges ruling on their behalf — all gone back to Jim Crow?  And then having explained to them that their was a test of civilization, 60 years of equality and a blac president – and they failed.  So now back to 1950.  They’d be in a state of shock never seen before.  Some would embark for Africa after failing to enter into other European countries, which would be full up of their African quotas.  Imagine…

        • El_Magyar

          I would very much like to see America start to reflect the values and mores of the 1950s.

      • newscomments70

        I would like to see some white liberals swing from a lamp post. Up until recently, the punishment for treason was the death penalty.

  • “Most blacks and most whites in the United States today get along with each other”

    Mabe he should get out more

    • Church_of_Jed

      Neal Boortz was on a rant today about black thug culture, but he had to ruin the hate fest by saying it has “nothing to do with skin color”.   So he’s only half-a-hateful-racist. 

      We, on the otherhand, don’t suffer under the same delusions and superstitions as he does, so we are full-on-hateful-racists, and WIDE AWAKE AND READY.

      • Mentious

        That “color of their skin” meme has gotten tired. I wonder why they can’t vary it a bit now and then,  like “It has nothing to do with black kinky hair!”

        Or maybe, “It has nothing to do with large lips and wide noses.”
        Or “It has nothing to do with smaller brain cases!”

        Or maybe, “It has nothing to do with higher testosterone.”

        Or “It has nothing to do with lower IQ.”

        That would at least sound fresher.

        • whiteuncleruckus

          i completely agree with you. white liberals try to degrade those who disagree with them by saying its about “skin color.” Im not a race realist because of skin color. they are actually right, having a problem with somebody because of the color of their skin in stupid. what they dont get is that its not about skin color, its about race. its so frustrating trying to talk to them.

        • The__Bobster

          J. Philippe Rushton Says Color May Be More Than Skin Deep
          By J. Philippe Rushton on July 17, 2012 at 10:32pm

          Pigmentation—coloring—varies greatly across species. In 2008, Anne-Lyse Ducrest, Laurent Keller and Alexandre Roulin, three ecologists at Switzerland’s University of Lucerne published a review article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution [Pleiotropy in the melanocortin system, coloration and behavioral syndromes, September 2008] on the relations between pigmentation, sexuality, and aggression in 45 vertebrate species. They found that darker-colored individuals had higher levels of aggression and sexuality than lighter colored individuals across three species of mammals (African lion, soay sheep, and white-tailed deer), four species of fish (mosquito fish, guppy, green swordtail, and Arctic char), four species of reptiles (asp viper, adder, fence lizard, and spiny lizard), one amphibian species (spadefoot toad), and 36 species of birds.

          Ducrest and her co-authors’ explanation: increased levels of melanocortin hormones, which determine coloring, are linked with increased testosterone and other steroids that stimulate aggression and sexuality, among other things.

          To test this, Ducrest & Co. experimentally varied melanocortin dosage levels. They found concomitant increases (or decreases) in aggression and sexuality.

    •  Yeah I was wondering what he was basing that on.  He probably thinks that way because he has a white wife.

  • bluffcreek1967

    The White man, historically, had enough sense in the past to not allow Blacks to get out of control on any widespread basis. That’s partly why both racial groups “co-existed peacefully” (if one wishes to use such terms). Whites instinctively knew how Blacks would conduct themselves once they were duped into believing they were equals with Whites and that ‘we’re all the same.’ So, through various measures (some brutal and some not so – sorry, that’s reality!), Whites did not allow the ‘Black problem’ to get out of hand. Unfortunately, with the rise of the 60s Civil Rights movement, and after the MSM media has practically sainted and deified Blacks, we finally see on full display the nature of the Black man. Sadly, political-correctness has so poisoned us that the media can’t even fairly identify the race of the perpetrators of these race riots.   

  • jackryanvb

    I have always enjoyed and respected the writings of Thomas Sowell. But he and decent, honorable Black Americans aren’t going to save us from the Black criminal underclass or the 3rd world, NW immigration invasions.

    We have to get our own White people to “circle the wagons” and defend the legitimate rights of our people to live in safety in our country.

    This is our country – well it was our country. And if it really isn’t our country anymore and the likes of Eric “My People” Holder manage to put in place viciously anti White laws and practices where our women can be insulted, raped, murdered – our children can’t go to public schools and everything is filtered under a historical narrative of BRA (Black Ruled America) then we must end this country and set up some new country/countries, that are once again “our country”.

    • libertarian1234

      “…….then we must end this country and set up some new country/countries, that are once again “our country”.

      I agree. 

      If this black racist/Marxist can poll even with Romney…..which includes a large number of whites….. after all he has shown the entire country, then it’s time to put a plan into place that like-minded whites can work towards.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    “All it took were clever demagogues and gullible followers. We already have both…”

    But they are all Black. There are no white “clever demagogues and gullible followers.” Whites are still too timid to fight back. We have no white leaders  that are willing to stand up to the press and to Obama Justice Dept.

    • zimriel

       That’s why we have National Review – standing athwart history, much like an armadillo stands athwart tire marks on the I-10.

      • Southern__Hoosier

        We have possum here in the South instead of 

  • cecilhenry

    This was the perfectly valid reason for segregation and strict laws against black behavior in the South.

    Whites have and had a right to protect themselves and their property, and their basic freedom of association by ensuring that black crime is tightly controlled.

    Best way to do this is of course the nation state.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      it is doubtful that the blacks of the south after the civil war would have needed much regulation even in areas where black white ratio was 4 to 1 respectly if it had not been for the radical republicans and federal occupation of the south for so very long which only served to pit the black against the white and ultimately the government abandoned the black after creating such hostility…the blacks were set up by the government even then…it has been often recorded…a simple matter of history…why do you think history is one of the last things government want its people to know!

  • However infuriating & tragic these events may be-I don’t think they threaten White race as a whole. Blacks are ca. 13%, miscegenation with them is- although irritating- actually low & they’ll be segregated, one way or another.

    What is the threat to White people in the US, real threat, are both Hispanic & Asian immigration. Hispanics are too numerous to be assimilated & can be kept in check only by strict immigration ban, Asians- mostly East, mostly females- are simply a foreign body some White horny males are after without thinking of consequences. Look at this couple, Amy Chua, her White/Jewish husband & their girls (who were raised Jewish). No, the offspring is Chinese, phenotypically, 100%- who would take them as “Jewesses” ?

    I know things are more complex & I have to brush up my knowledge on genetics, but- generally you mix white phenotype with close (unlike Black) one & still get- something very, very visually non- White.

    • whiteuncleruckus

      white dna has a fading effect on non-white dna, kind of like bleach. if a white girl has a kid with a black guy (or any non-white guy for that matter) the kid will be darker than the mother but lighter than the father. if the kid then goes on to reproduce with a white person themselves, that child will be even lighter.

      • White traits are very recessive, so the opposite effect is actually stronger. If a half-black, half-white child reproduces with a black, you will probably never see blue-eyes in that bloodline again. We are too genetically unique to gain anything from mixing with non-whites.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      Jews, like Arabs are semitic peoples originating from the middle east, not white/caucasian from Europe…we are not likely to see mobs of jews seeking out whites to kill them (though it has been done plenty of times in very covert ways) for race reasons today…Sowell is speaking of a particular problem not relating to jews and asians…you may be aware that radical fanatical black supremacists have been hooking up with radical arabs since before WWI, especially in America since the very early 1930s…radical islam has been a real threat for a long time…funny thing is, the liberal white will be they first ones they get rid of…what a joke that is going to turn out to be.

  • Kevin W. Cornell

    True, but you don’t want the race to become anemic. I read a comment by a pro-European thinker to the effect that the objective should be a “healthy race rather than a pure one.” This doesn’t mean I’m a fan of inter-racial miscegenation, but as I white male of Northwestern European extraction I think some Italian curvature mixed in with the Nordic peoples might be a good thing, just saying…

    • I’m not a race purist & have not infrequently come into disagreement with some Amren regulars. I’m fine fine with all intra-White mixing & am not irritated by mixing with White Hispanics, EVEN, in some cases, with light Northern Indians or Caucasians like light Christian Arabs from Lebanon or Syria- if they can be culturally assimilated. Also, some offspring of miscegenation with Indians of the Plains (Sioux) can be “bleached” in 2-3 generations.

      BUT, if you have big numbers of Mestizos who are actually Indians & look like Geronimo: (original article)- one must draw the line. To “whiten” Geronimos, you’ll need at lest 4 generations, and this is, in modern society, too long. And I’m not even mentioning cultural & other aspects.

  • Eagle_Eyed

     You have neocon friends?  Really, I’ve never met one in real life.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Yes, I understand what you’re saying. I tend to think we “feel mean and dirty at times for being pro-White” because we’ve been so brow-beaten and made to feel guilty by the multi-cultural racket for just being White. Our history and great historical figures have been maligned. Whites are continually told we must help this or that race, and how everything we do has an evil, racist bent. Whites must continually apologize, in some form, for our success and accomplishments. So, while some of us might perhaps “feel mean and dirty” for being pro-White, it’s important to recognize that Blacks, Asians and Hispanics, as racial groups, NEVER feel guilty for who they are. They are NEVER ashamed of their history, their ancestors nor the color of their skin. They NEVER apologize to Whites or any other race for who they are and what they have accomplished . . . . And neither should we, especially when we have so much to be proud of . The envy of the world is not found in any Third-World country, but in White, Western countries. Never forget this.   

  • whiteuncleruckus

    youre absolutely right. thomas sowell is an intelligent, well spoken, intergratable black person. if all or most black people were anything like him, there wouldnt be any racial problems.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      if a lot of so called whites (PC liberal white self haters for example)were like him there would be less problems of all kinds 

  •  Hardly, Jews cannot hold liquor.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    I believe that Chairman Obama  is setting us up for a race war in November, either to try and change the outcome of the election or to prevent him turning over power in January. 

    • Sheila Dinehart

      there are many people who agree with you

      sure seems like something is setting up something

  • Southern__Hoosier

    Yeah, and a lot of innocent people on both sides will be hurt.  It is always the innocent that suffer for the crimes of the few. 

    • newscomments70

      It will be sad see innocent people of any race suffering, and that will happen on all sides. “the crimes of the few”,  I disagree with that part. A double digit percentage of blacks and hispanics want to do whites in…as well as various Polynesian groups and Muslims.

      • Southern__Hoosier

        I wouldn’t worry too much about the Blacks. They’ll fold and go home as soon as their welfare checks come in. That’s what happened in the LA riots. Problem was, there was no place left to cash them. 

  • Southern__Hoosier

    The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon.” 

    Wow! Kipling’s  got that right.

    “It was not suddently bred.
    It will not swiftly abate.”

  • Uncle Ruckus

    Worst riot in US history:  July 13, 1863.  The Irish in New York City went on a rampage.  Over 100 blacks and hundreds of humans were killed.  No National Guard-like militia here.  Combat troops fresh from the fight at Gettysburg had to be sent to the city and they opened fire on the mobs. 

    My point . . . worst riot in US history was a WHITE riot.  traditionally, blacks will loot a few buildings and burn down their own ‘hoods . . . but it takes totally peed-off whites to start an urban war.  

    I believe this is how it will start this year or next.  Whites just peed-off.  Not necessarily anti-black . . . just anti-everything rotten with the system.

    Negroes, jews, et al, will be collateral damage.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    If Iwrote a book or article on this topic I would want someone of Mr. Sowell’s reputation backing any claim I made.  The writer of the book of which Mr.S speaks doesn’t simply say *anything* or make any claim.  He is very specific and provides proof that there is a type of race war being acted out by some blacks in America who are specifically targeting  any whites. 

    If something isn’t done by *authorities* what ever that may be (And, I must confess it is not too often that I can say sincerely that I have no idea at this point in time what if anything can be done to help this growing threat to many parts of this country.) to put an immediate stop to this violence there will be a very grave backlash as Mr. Sowell fully believes.  

    Mainstream media do not wish this race news be known to the general public for a number of reasons, especially economic ramifications stemming from fear of sponsorship. 

    It is also known that if blacks continue to provoke society via violence in this particular manner, it will  lead to a type of retaliation they are ill prepared to encounter. 

    Unfortunately, many blacks have become so embolden through society’s tendency to  support educational curriculum in public as well as private schools that falsely inflates the ego of the young black student on the basis of victimization ideology that these misled youths will certainly come to great harm and death should they continue to think they can be protected by a system that almost seems to be setting them up for disaster.

    If this *system* (government; local and Federal, schools, news media, parents, church leaders, business community) isn’t setting the black up for suicide then you tell me what they could possibly be thinking?

    And, why are some blacks encouraging them?

    At least Mr. Sowell’s conscience should rest a little easier.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    you are so right

  • Sheila Dinehart

    It is so sad too but a natural human response to fear…some so called black leaders are misleding blacks into believing they are some how invincable…this is for a reason…black leaders with full sanity know the odds are against them…it is simple math.  Then again there are black leaders who are as crazy as Hitler was…they will sit back and watch as their mental illness goes unchecked even as the arrows fly all around and their own people fall by the thousands.

  • IstvanIN

     Oh good golly, John Roberts is gay?  He may not have ruled on Obamacare properly but that is no reason to call him gay.

  • Periapsis

    Yes, 200 ethnic conflicts starting all at once when the Soviet Union cratered for good, or the killing fields of the former Yugoslavia prove that point all too bluntly. This is a fact which is too profound for the nonwhite mind to understand. Ethnic warfare is like launching nuclear weapons, once started there is no recall or abort option, it will result in the destruction, explusion or enslavement of one side or the other just as once launched a nuclear weapon will detonate when it reaches the target. All too often, it brings all of the above.