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1 Ace-o-aces  Fri, Oct 25, 2013 4:04:59pm

Whenever I read Sowell, this is what I hear.
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2 CarolJ  Fri, Oct 25, 2013 4:05:27pm

Sowell is pandering to white suburban fears. Kids running around beating up folks is hoodlumism, not war-something to be handled by cops.

3 LGF Subscription: Breathes Like Egyptian Cotton  Fri, Oct 25, 2013 6:36:01pm

These people are scary.

4 majii  Fri, Oct 25, 2013 6:50:29pm

I’m black, 60, live in a very red state, and spend a lot of time reading currents events in many states since I retired a few years ago, why haven’t I heard/read about all of these attacks black gangs are making on whites that Sowell claims are occurring? Even here in GA there are no signs that these attacks are happening. They must all be happening in Sowell’s mind. I’ve also not heard of an upcoming race war, except from some of the fringers on the right.

5 HappyWarrior  Fri, Oct 25, 2013 8:31:40pm

Sowell loves stoking up conservatives fears doesn’t he? Hey Tom, I actually live in a very diverse area. Stop stirring up racial bullshit and blaming the left for it you useful idiot.

6 Ace-o-aces  Sat, Oct 26, 2013 9:03:32am

re: #4 majii

…why haven’t I heard/read about all of these attacks black gangs are making on whites that Sowell claims are occurring? …They must all be happening in Sowell’s mind.

There were a few scattered incidents of black “flash mobs” attacking whites. Mostly bored/stupid teens. Of course, the the right-wing media (especially Drudge, which seemingly promotes EVERY incident of black-on-white crime as a major news story) used this to claim a “race war” was coming despite the fact that overall violent crime is down, and specifically black-on-white violent crime is down.
The book Sowell is promoting here is a self-published piece of shit by an author with no journalistic experience. It consists of the author taking multiple, unrelated incidents and claiming some kind of secret race war and media cover-up without any real evidence. Basically he typed “black flash mobs” into google and wrote a book based on the results.
Of course Sowell jumped on it, because he never misses an opportunity to defame his own race so he can prove to white people he’s not like those other n*****s.

7 RadicalModerate  Sat, Oct 26, 2013 1:57:11pm
Some of these many attacks are covered in detail in a book titled “White Girl Bleed A Lot” by Colin Flaherty. It was a phrase that I recognized immediately, from my own previous research.

Note to Mr. Sowell: It is usually a bad idea to cite white nationalists like Flaherty, when trying to make a point about racism.

8 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Oct 26, 2013 2:15:38pm

I’ve posted this City Journal piece about Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter before, but it is relevant here. The article opens by showing how mayor Nutter, who is black, used resolute police action and good policy to deal with the ‘flash mob’ problem. No race war broke out and no parts of Philly burned.

Mayor Michael Nutter, a black Democrat who had governed the city since 2008, was not pleased. And so, one Sunday that August, he took to the pulpit at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia and launched into an impassioned, 25-minute speech, punctuated by cheers and applause from the pews. “This nonsense must stop,” he said, his voice rising. “If you want to act like a butthead, your butt is going to get locked up. And if you want to act like an idiot, move. Move out of this city. We don’t want you here any more.” Nutter grew increasingly heated as he blasted the city’s absentee fathers—who, he implied, were responsible for the crimes that their children committed. And he wound up his speech by telling the flash mobbers: “You’ve damaged your own race.”

Leftist critics quickly lit into the mayor. Columbia University political scientist Frederick Harris even used the R-word: “If this discourse was led by Ronald Reagan, for instance, people would call him on his racism, but now that you have a black face to these explanations it gives it legitimacy.”

But Nutter didn’t stop at rhetoric; he threw the weight of the Philadelphia Police Department against the rioters. In mob-afflicted areas, he ramped up police patrols and imposed a weekend curfew of 9 PM for minors. Backing up his tough talk on absentee parents, he increased fines on the parents of kids repeatedly caught breaking curfew, from $300 to $500. Local judges pitched in, sentencing flash mobbers to hefty service terms instead of slapping them on the wrist. Ten first-time offenders who had raided a Macy’s, for example, had to work there for eight weeks, dressing mannequins and greeting shoppers.

It seems to have worked. In the summer of 2012, there were no flash mobs in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer applauded the city’s “amazing progress,” noting correctly that “sometimes news is what doesn’t happen.”

Sowell greatly exaggerates the problem he refers to and ignores smart, non-radical solutions that can be used to stop it. Note the punishment for the young men who caused havoc at a Macy’s store: While they were punished and made to pay the store back by their labor, they were not imprisoned and their lives were not ruined. The tactics used made clear that law-breaking would not be tolerated, but still worked to reform those who could be reformed. And that group is most of the young black men who get caught up in a ‘flash mob’*. They need to be made to walk a better path, not be beaten down.

*: There a a small number of such young men who must be imprisoned. The man who actually said “white girl bleed a lot” turned out to be a violent sociopath and was properly imprisoned. That man cannot be rehabilitated, but he is the exception, not the rule.

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