Turns out, it’s not that hard. Just follow these directions.
First, write a book about race. In my case, the book is “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.” Then write an article for WND about how Chicago is Ground Zero for this new epidemic of racial crime and violence.
Document it with lots of links, especially to YouTube. Leave out the explanations, solutions and apologies: The book is for people who simply deny these crimes take place. So explanations are not much good for people who don’t believe the problem exists in the first place. A lot do not.
I tried the solution game once: “Stop rioting?” I proffered. But that seemed a bit complicated.
And I do not understand why anyone has to apologize to bad people when you notice they are doing something very, very bad.
Ready for the next step? Send the story to the largest black talk station in Chicago. “Would you be available to talk about the WND story on the Perri Small show at WVON in Chicago?
Soon after the show started, it was clear Perri had not read the WND article – which is understandable; 99 out of 100 conversations in the media about race go through the same kabuki: Ignore the victims. Lionize the thugs. When it is over, congratulate each other for superior moral sensitivity.
But this article was part of the 1 percent. So I started in: “There are large groups of black people going through the streets of downtown and other parts of Chicago doing some really horrific things. Even crazier, reporters and newspapers ignore it. It has happened hundreds of times all over the country. And a lot of it is on YouTube. So it is hard to deny.”
Perri tried to change the subject – first to me and my motives for writing it. Then to long exasperated explanations about why these criminals are creating this dangerous mayhem.
I didn’t go there. Instead I played the Dr. Phil card: Liberals have been justifying this horrific behavior for 50 years. “How is that working out for you?”
I’ve been writing and reporting about race since the 1980s, first as a staffer for a Republican Hispanic elected official. Then as a ghost writer for the first black chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Then as a reporter, where I wrote several stories on fake hate crimes. I wrote a story that got a black man out of prison. That was a big deal on Court TV.
Because I know how treacherous this ground can be, my rules are simple: No generalizations. No stereotypes. No apologies. Just the facts, ma’am.
Perri got frustrated when I refused to join into her “grad student sociology seminar with pizza on the floor” discussion. She turned up the heat, saying she finally figured out I was some kind of … conservative.
Reading from the article, she quoted her favorite Chicago journalist, Ravi Baichwalan, a news reader at the local ABC affiliate. He said anyone who thought race was important in any way was an “idiot” – not, of course, counting all the stories his station has done about the black caucus, black teachers association, black schools, black scholarships and the like.
Baichwalan was talking about your humble correspondent. No big deal. He never got around to refuting my facts, either, other than to say he did not like them very much. Or me, for noticing.
Finally we arrived at the final step in Colin Flaherty’s sure-fire method of getting kicked off the air at one of America’s largest black talk-radio stations: Insist on the facts.
“If the reason you wrote this article is to say the black people are ready to start a race war against white people, that is not true,” she said. “The only reason they think that is because of all the damn dirt white people have done to them.”
Which was echoing a previous caller who said following the Million Man March in 1995, white people should not be surprised if black people turn to “violence.”
This is a version of what liberals give me all the time. Always in the same breath: “The riots are not happening. But here is why they are happening.” This was a bit different: Why they should happen.
“I wrote a book with 100,000 words in it and an article for WND, and nothing in those words comes close to what you just said,” quoth I. “Why don’t we stick to what I actually said?”
We were getting closer. “Ravi Baichwalan is very beloved,” she said. “He’s on the No. 1 station. You called him an idiot.”
“I didn’t call him an idiot. I called him a clown. He called me an idiot. Can we at least get our facts straight.”
I only thought he was an idiot. But that didn’t matter. I had crossed the line. Soon she was bragging to her Chicago audience about how she hung up on me because I was rude and “I would never get it” and she “was not going to put up with (my) madness.”
Told you it was easy.