Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Racial Violence in Philadelphia

We all know that the president is the national role model. He sets the mood and the tone of the nation. He defines the national attitude and the national character. Even when people do not look up to him they take him—perhaps unconsciously—as a role model.

Many of those who oppose Donald Trump have declared that American can do without his bullying, thuggish demeanor. They thrill to the courtly and genteel man we now have in the White House. It makes sense. Hasn't President Obama has ushered in an era of racial comity? Hasn't his presidency produced a color blind society where the races live in peace and harmony?

Unfortunately, for the white Temple University students who were set upon and beaten up by a band of black teenagers the other night, such is not the case. Presumably, only black lives matter. White students needed to be punished for their white privilege. Sometimes seemingly judicious rhetoric can, in the wrong hands, provoke violent assaults.

The father of one of the victims posted this:

Joe Lauletta's Facebook post (pictured) has been shared more than 4,000 times. It details how he was watching his son play football when his daughter phoned him, revealing she had been jumped while walking back to her apartment 

The Daily Mail reports:

Four teenagers have been arrested after mobs of juveniles staged a series of vicious attacks on students around the Temple University campus.

Police said students were surrounded, punched, kicked, robbed and in some cases knocked to the ground in a spate of attacks by groups of teens on Friday night.

Packs of between 20 and 100 young people roved the area near the university campus in northern Philadelphia for nearly two hours from 8pm and picked on people at random.

Six students were injured and a university police officer was hurt when he was knocked over. A 15-year-old boy also punched a police horse in the face.

In a separate incident, a young woman was left covered in bruises after she was held down and stomped on repeatedly before employees from a nearby pizza restaurant intervened, her father said.

Another student, a junior, posted pictures of her black eye after she was beaten. 

She says the attackers punched her in the face as she walked back to her apartment with her boyfriend. 

It’s not obvious that the current administration is provoking or inciting violence toward whites. And yet, it has skillfully avoided addressing the issue of black crime and especially black-on-black violence. When blacks commit crimes the criminals are most often exonerated-- because it is all blamed on guns and the NRA. The administration has directed the nation’s attention toward violence committed by white police officers. It has blamed the conditions of black communities on white racism.

At the least, you can feel confident that you will not be reading about this story in the mainstream media.


Trigger Warning said...

"The districts that contain Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City ranked last in terms of federal gun law enforcement in 2012, according to a new report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks federal data."
--- USN&WR

Obviously, we need to take the guns away from the right wingers in Chigger Ridge, AL (pop. 37). It's the only way to stop the violence in Chicago's South Side!

Ares Olympus said...

I notice this local news never once mentions race or "black", just says the 4 arrested were age 15-17.

Actually the daily mail article also doesn't mention race:

Stuart Schneiderman said...

The Facebook post does mention race... the New York Post does also.

Ares Olympus said...

It looks like it takes a father on Facebook (and the NYPost) to report the race of underage attackers.
In one incident, a female student named Christina Laulette was beaten to a bloody pulp and hospitalized after a group of youths ganged up on her and two others.

“Her and her 2 male friends where badly beaten by a group of 30-40 black teenagers on their way home from the Temple football game,” her father, Joe Lauletta, recalled in a Facebook post on Saturday night.

“These sick animals held her down and kicked and stomped on her repeatedly,” he seethed. “Every part of her body is badly bruised. It makes me cry just thinking about it.”

Ares Olympus said...

Here's a not-fully unrelated article from the National Review, David French's experiences after rejected Trump as a presidential candidate. The alt-right has their own PC world where criticism of Trump defines who your enemies are.

I share my family’s story not because we are unique or because our experience is all that extraordinary, but rather because it is depressingly, disturbingly ordinary this campaign season. The formula is simple: Criticize Trump — especially his connection to the alt-right — and the backlash will come.

The alt-right legitimately sees blacks getting a free pass on their violence from the media, but then they demonstrate racism so offensive, that it almost justifies the media protecting the entire black race from the acts of black individuals.

Whatever else we can take from all this is that rage and fear and scapegoating are a human affair of all races and all ages, and anyone can fall for their own bad thinking when they have an echo chamber or mob to reinforce it.

I believe in freedom of speech, but I don't know where to draw the line on hate speech (The PC curse). If I (anonymously) "only" threaten your life in a moment of hate, its just words, but if other people have acted on similar threats, my speech has a higher seriousness than being mere words. Yet, if you outlaw words of hatred, it may just encourage more acting out.

Of course Stuart's advice is what's important, from yesterday: "Vulgarity does not make your argument more persuasive."

Trigger Warning said...

Insinuating a moral equivalence between political backlash and being beaten and kicked senseless in the street is idiocy so exquisite that it merits inclusion in the Museum of Moral Mendacity.

Sam L. said...

That's our main-stream media. Many of us have learned to read it as the Soviets learned to read Tass, Izvestia, and Pravda. Details left out are critical, and can be assumed to be what the government does not want us to know. If a politician is in some kind of trouble, and no party designation is given, he or she is a Democrat. Race, assumed to be black. Religion, Islam.

In the famous and well-known words of Jon Gabriel, "What i like most about the Obama era is all the racial healing."

Ares Olympus said...

Trigger Warning said... Insinuating a moral equivalence between political backlash and being beaten and kicked senseless in the street is idiocy.

I'll agree, unlike these student victims, at least French knows better what he's not supposed to do or say to gain their approval. But instead he's just documenting the price one needs to pay for publicly standing up to bullies.

And we might all agree beating on or threatening girls is only the actions of cowards of any race. Boys and men who do this must be carrying an unimaginable amount of shame.

Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.”

I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.” The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.

Trigger Warning said...

David French... and you, Ares... should know the difference between guilt and guilt by association, a disgusting habit with a sordid past.

What French, and you as his proxy, are doing is painting an entire group of people because some sicko sent a disgusting image.

You and he should be ashamed of yourselves.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Ares Olympus @October 25, 2016 at 9:52 AM:

"The alt-right legitimately sees blacks getting a free pass on their violence from the media, but then they demonstrate racism so offensive, that it almost justifies the media protecting the entire black race from the acts of black individuals."

That is one of the stupidest things you have ever written. There are many, but this one gets a particular mention.

Stuart's post is based on the fact that truth has been forced underground, to a private Facebook post or a British newspaper. Good grief, someone was badly beaten for their race, and you think that "almost justifies" censorship because blacks will look bad??? Sounds racist to me.

You have a deranged sense of justice. It's not vulgarity... it's ideological blindness. Racism is certainly not persuasive.

"I believe in freedom of speech, but I don't know where to draw the line on hate speech"

So you don't believe in freedom of speech. Give up the smarty-pants idea that you do. You're blinded by ideology. Given what you said above, it's pretty clear...

You're a racist.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Trigger Warning @October 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM:

Don't you just love how the self-proclaimed gifted, bright and smart set is so blind to their own humanity? They love to accuse, but can't take accusation. They're perfect.

The broad brush is theirs to use, but they demand you produce specifics.

Great game. I refuse to play.

Trigger Warning said...

Mr. Touchy! Is this your day for illogic?

You should be ashamed, Ares. You.


And you should look up tu quoque and ad hominem while you're at it.

Proglodytes. :-D