Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.
Please be forewarned the following report, and especially the videos linked, contain lyrics that will be offensive, even though WND uses dashes for the most offensive terms.
The epidemic of black-mob violence now has a soundtrack.
In fact, lots of them: sophisticated, highly produced songs and videos that urge black people to create all kinds of mayhem. From murdering CEOs and delivery drivers to starting riots and engaging in random warfare and everything in between.
Millions of people enjoy them every day; not just as music, but as a lifestyle.
It is not known if any of the 1,000 black people who rioted in downtown Greensboro following the Fourth of July festivities this year were dancing to this kind of music. But there is no doubt they were part of the lifestyle.
Racial violence in Greensboro is hardly new or unique to that area.
Last summer, it happened every weekend in June: Hundreds of black people marauding through the downtown, beating, destroying, threatening. Just a few weeks ago after Super Jam, police dealt with hundreds of fights, drug users, shootings and chaos at this “historically black activity.”
The Greensboro mayhem is much the same as hundreds of other episodes of racial lawlessness in 60 cities around the country over the last two years.
It all culminated in 1,000 black people rioting in downtown Greensboro following the 2012 Independence Day celebration.
This year’s holiday riot had a twist: It featured a black man exhorting his fellow rioters to attack law enforcement officials.
“Come on,” he yelled as he waved them onward. “Let’s get the police,” he said, along with an obscenity, say court documents.
Police tear gassed and locked up this would-be community organizer.
If the arrest of Jimel Tyrea Leach ran true to form, when puzzled friends and family saw his mug shot in the paper, they wondered how such a nice young man came up with such an ugly idea.
You wonder why we feel like f— the law
You wonder why we write up on the wall
You wonder why we burn the cities down
Cuz we don’t give a f–, the time is now
There are other lines in the lyrics that also raise eyebrows, including “The only good cop is a dead cop,” “Slap a white boy, snuff your landlord” and “F— the high schools, burn the prisons.”
The videos talk about making money from books, but they aren’t schoolbooks. They’re phone books, and making the money comes from holdups and robberies: “We gonna order take out and when we see the driver, We gonna stick the 25 up in his face.”
“White boy in’ the wrong place at the right time
Soon as the car door open up he mine
We roll up quick and put the pistol to his nose
By the look on his face he probably s—— in his clothes
As delivery drivers from around the country who have been attacked by black mobs might say: True that.
The lyrics read like police reports or how-to manuals.
Other recordings from Dead Prez talk about their neighborhoods as “behind enemy lines.” “I Have Dream Too” preaches about killing cops.
And if you want to learn how to cheat the welfare system (It is not really welfare anyway, it is reparations), get fake credit cards, loot clothing stories, rob employers and live like a thug revolutionary, don’t miss “Hell Yeah.”
Lines from “Hell Yeah” include:
For American Express, Discover Card
Platinum Visa, Master Card
‘Cause when we was spooked as s— then we was targets
Now we just walk right up and say, “Charge it!”
It goes on and on. More than 1.1 million people have watched this seminar in lawlessness. There are so many other to choose from. How about one of the headliners from the recent Greensboro SuperJam, 2Chainz. His latest and greatest is “Riot:”
Clique full of killers, please don’t get us excited
Ill smoking loud, so lame n—– be quiet
And if you f— with us we gon’ start up a riot
I’mma start a riot, I’mma start a riot
And no discussion of mob lawlessness on a music video is complete without a mention of Gee Slick. He made a video that gave step-by-step directions for “washing dishes”: How to make crack.
Gee Slick and his crew – members of the Bloods gang – made the video at a city park in Los Angeles while he was working for the city as an anti-gang counselor. The Los Angeles Times got it right. The original video is down, but a behind-the-scenes video (Language warning) gives a flavor. Gee Slick apologized and encouraged his bosses at city hall to look at his other videos, which are more positive, he said.
Almost as good as YouTube for learning about riots is Twitter. Run the term “start a riot” through your Twitter application and watch the steady stream of hundreds of tweets per hour roll by. All talking riots. Some trivial. Many not.
The king of all rap songs comes from the king of all rappers, Dr. Dre. Check out his vision of the Los Angeles Riots – or “Rebellion,” for many – The day the n—– took over:
Ya see when n—– get together they get mad
cuz they can’t fade us
Like my n—– from South Central, Los Angeles
They find that they couldn’t handle us
Bloods, Crips on the same squad
with the Ese’s thumpin, n—- it’s time ta rob and mob
(And break the white man off somthin lovely, biddy-bye-bye
I don’t love dem so they can’t love me)
Yo straight puttin down gettin my scoot on
Let’s jump in off in Compton so I gots ta get my loot on
and come up on me some furniture or sometin
Got a VCR
in the back of my car
that I ganked from the Slauson Swap Meet
And mother——- better not try to stop me
This is the national anthem of black mob violence from one of the best-selling rap albums of all time, “The Chronic,” which is slang for marijuana. It’s another favorite activity of Dr. Dre when he is not getting “his loot on.”
Today Dr. Dre is worth $250 million. People still listen and watch.
The voices speaking out against lawless hip-hop may be few, but they are getting louder. And less apologetic.
Philadelphia writer and film maker Taleeb Starkes sees the damage every day up close at his job and in his neighborhood.
“With more than 70 percent of African-American children being raised in single parent households, hip-hop often serves as a surrogate parent, and this outsourcing of parenthood has naturally yielded dysfunctional results,” said Starkes, producer and author of the documentary film Mother of No Tomorrows. “In the hood, hip-hop is omnipresent and is by far the most influential form of entertainment. In fact, it is more than entertainment; it’s a lifestyle. Curiously, although whites and Asians are hip-hop’s chief customers, somehow, hip-hop’s seductive spell hasn’t enchanted them to wreak collective havoc on communities like their African-American counterparts.”
Even academia is starting to get it.
After making all the usual protestations and apologies about how talented the biggest offenders are and how much he enjoys their music, professor Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University delivers his own intense message in the Black Voices section of the Huffington Post to those glorifying violence.
“I’ll be damned if I am going to sit and watch our kids continue to grow up believing that it’s cool to be ignorant, violent, high, drunk, broke, uneducated and lazy,” he said. “We must critically assess the music we love and let artists know that we will no longer tolerate the mass promotion of ideas that are hell bent on destroying our kids.”
Jasiri X did not get that memo.
His latest pro-violence (he would say pro self-defense) piece tells black people the time has come to start a riot.
You may remember Jasiri X from hits such as “What if the Tea Party Was Black,” which he wrote “to defeat the Right Wing propaganda machine.” Allow me to paraphrase: If the Tea Party were black, the army would have attacked and killed them.
Or maybe you are partial to “Bomb The Throne (Bushes.)” He blames President Bush for 9/11 and the crack epidemic and urges people to do all sorts of nasty things.
His new contribution to the American songbook is “Do We Need to Start a Riot?” Which by this point in the article, you should know is an homage to 2 Chainz – so popular in Greensboro.
Jasiri X believes that more than 100 black people were killed by police – unjustly – so far in 2012. Or as he puts it, a lynching every 40 minutes. If you look closely, you can see they shot the video at the infamous corner of Florence and Normandie – site of the Los Angeles Rebellion where a black mob pulled Reginald Denny out of his truck, broke a toilet on his head and almost beat him to death. All live on national TV:
They keep tell us to keep waiting
They keep telling us that we hating
And when we’re killed cause we black that we racist
They keep trying to kill us
But they never get indicted
Our people crying loud
But them scared rappers stay quit
And if we don’t get justice do we need to start a riot?
That is a rhetorical question. At least to Jimel Tyrea Leach.
Jasiri X is also starring in a video that protests the New York City stop and frisk policy. He produced it in a partnership with the Color of Change – a “civil rights” group started by 9/11 truther and former Obama administration official Van Jones.
See Colin Flaherty’s exclusive reporting for WND on race riots: