Thomas Sowell is a highly respected scholar at the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University. He has written numerous books and articles on the subject of race and ethnicity. He’s also black, but unlike most of the black columnists writing today he’s not a Liberal. Today he wrote an article about how the media ignore racially motivated black on white crime.
And right out of the box, he references the Virginian Pilot’s editorial decision to hide the mob attack by a gang of black youths on two of its employees.
When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks — beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work — that might sound like news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn’t.The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have tried to sweep it under the rug.
The acting police chief of Norfolk also pretends that there was no racial component to the mob attack, despite interviews broadcast on local TV by neighborhood residents that said specifically the opposite.
The media and the cops in Norfolk are simply doing what police and the press are doing other other places where gang attacks of blacks on whites occur.
In Milwaukee, for example, an attack on whites at a public park a few years ago left many of the victims battered to the ground and bloody. But when the police arrived on the scene, it became clear that the authorities wanted to keep this quiet.One 22-year-old woman, who had been robbed of her cell phone and debit card, and had blood streaming down her face, said, “About 20 of us stayed to give statements and make sure everyone was accounted for. The police wouldn’t listen to us, they wouldn’t take our names or statements. They told us to leave. It was completely infuriating.”The police chief seemed determined to head off any suggestion that this was a racially motivated attack by saying that crime is color-blind. Officials elsewhere have said similar things.The motivation for downplaying these attacks? What the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress is that the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places. If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over.It may be understandable that some people want to head off such a catastrophe, either by not reporting the attacks in this race war, or by not identifying the race of those attacking, or by insisting that the attacks were not racially motivated — even when the attackers themselves voice anti-white invective as they laugh at their bleeding victims.
The censorship of the media and the lame denials of the police will not allow these issues to be swept under the rug any longer. The press is no longer the gatekeeper it once was, the media organs are no longer monolithic; there are too many alternative sources of information: the internet, talk radio and FOX News which has found a huge and growing niche abandoned by the Lamestream media. Every cover-up, every denial, simply erodes the already shredded credibility of the press and the cops.
There is a very real danger. And that is that the powers that be are holding down the relief valve of a boiling pressure cooker. When denial no longer works and the cops no longer protect the citizens, someone (or a lot of someones) is going to look for retribution. It’s not a good idea to pretend that there is not a serious problem until the problem explodes in our faces. Some may think that they are doing black people a favor, but it’s no favor to anyone, especially people who live in neighborhoods that resemble war zones, to cover up what’s blazingly obvious to everyone.
UPDATE: What I said earlier about alternative media is evident here. The video of a brutal black-on-white beating was too good for the TV news to pass up. Was the young man chosen for his race? Who knows. What we do know is that the attackers were brutal and knew how to pick on lone victims and beat and stomp them. It looks like they have had practice.