(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.)
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Now for some breaking news: Black mob violence did not break out at a recent high school football game in Detroit.
No one said it had. But at least one reporter thought the absence of mayhem was so unusual he wrote an entire column about it.
Dan Galli covers sports for the ABC affiliate in Motown. The season opener between two high school powerhouses had to be stopped twice because of large scale racial violence at the game.
One player jumped over a fence and hid in his car. Other players sought protection on the ground, lying on the field. So did cheerleaders.
School officials said there was no gun. No gun shots. And the fights weren’t that big of a deal either. It was just a few troublemakers, said Galli.
But the video tells a different story. So do spectators. So do cops.
“I was there watching the game,” said one fan at a local sports website. “First I heard there was a gun drawn, then a girl who was near the incident said there wasn’t a gun, but someone shouted ‘GUN’ and everyone freaked out. People started running and hopping the fences, but then returned. Not 15 minutes later, same thing.”
It was chaos. But two weeks later, Galli and police officials were hoping everyone would forget that black mob violence is a regular feature of life in Detroit. Says Galli:
“A high school football game was played in Detroit Friday night. A crowd of roughly a thousand people watched one of the best teams in the United States win handily. For once, what didn’t happen is worth pointing out.”
When racial violence becomes the norm, then by definition, it is no longer newsworthy.
This has been a busy season for racial violence and lawlessness at high school football games across the country. That includes players, fans and coaches.
In Springfield, Ohio, if you listened to most of the local media and school officials, you might wonder what all the fuss was about: Three high school girls got into a fight over a boy, says the local reporter.
That’s it. That’s it?
Then why the press conference announcing suspensions? Why a TV news story at all?
“Additional police officers had to be called to the stadium to help calm the situation.”
You would never know from this news account. The fact that 300 black people threw rocks and bottles at 35 police officers did not seem that important to many in the local media. Most focused on the three girls. Not the 300 rioters.
The Springfield News-Sun figured that part out, at least:
“Officers tried to separate the combatants and basically they were surrounded by about 300 people and things just started getting out of control,” a police spokesman said.
Though they did not identify the mob by race.
Maybe in Springfield that happens so often it is no longer a story. It stopped being a big story in Chicago long ago.
The book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it,” documents how Chicago is Ground Zero for hundreds of cases of racial violence and mayhem that have afflicted more than 80 cities over the last three years.
At a recent high school game on the South Side of Chicago, one TV reporter described “an epic fight” involving more than 100 black people. According to the Sun-Times,
“Craig Scott, 17, a senior at Morgan Park, saw a handful of teens talking at the top of the stands during the game. “We overheard them say they were looking for somebody, to beat somebody up,” he said. A fight broke out, and people panicked, he said. “Everybody sort of dispersed. It was very terrifying.” He said he saw some people get “trampled” and he heard gunshots outside the stadium after the game.
One person was stabbed. Others reported gunfire. Police said there was no gunfire but the game was cancelled nevertheless. Afterward, a TV news crew saw large crowds of black people fighting and refusing police orders to disburse to leave.
They might still be there.
In Broward County, Florida, a high school football coach, followed by dozens of players and other adults,stalked, then punched a referee.
After the assault, members of the crowd were high-fiving each other. All on video. The game was stopped and the coach was eventually arrested.
A similar incident happened in August 2011 in Sarasota, Florida, where players and coaches attacked a referee and it was all caught on tape. The local paper reported that two of the coaches involved who led the attack were “grieving the recent loss of their mother.”
Their dead mom made them do it. That is a first.
Last year, a mob attack in Georgia set the bar for school violence at football games: A group of 30 to 50 black people including players, attacked an opposing coach after a game; striking him in the face with their helmets. He required extensive surgery to his face.
Just a few weeks ago in Long Island, New York, an October high school football game was suspended after gun shots and a stab wound interrupted the action. One black student told the CBS affiliate radio station:
“It’s not, like, unexpected, like, we knew there were going to be, like, gangs here and stuff, so I don’t know. I don’t really want to talk about it.”
Newsday removed the comments from more than a dozen spectators at the game who posted any details of the violence that included any reference to the race of the participants. Including those who said the fighting, gunfire and stabbing was part of a pattern of racial violence in this Long Island community.
A few days later, a 50 miles away on Staten Island, a black mob attacked, beat and stabbed a man outside of a high school football game.
But this mob had a twist: They were family. A father, son, daughter and “pal” are allegedly responsible for the assault.
In Jacksonville, Florida, “a brawl and shooting broke out as the Raines/Robert E. Lee high school football game was letting out Friday night and at least one person was shot,” police said.
One spectator called it “pandemonium.” Others reported at least six gun shots.
“This story reminds me of the riot they had at Walmart not long ago. The same savage pack mentality was noted there as well. We on the other side of the river (the white collar working class), aren’t supposed to take notice of all the similarities when these mobs of thugs run wild. The elders for the community even want the press to ignore such events take place.”
Another reader said the only time when people pay attention to violence at high school football games – or anywhere else – is when it involves black people.
“An idiot with a gun shoots but you all down talk all black people. How pathetic and narrow minded. If that’s the case I guess the many stories we read of child molestation would be safe to say that all white people are sex addicted, child molesting imbreds. T.U knows you all get a kick out of down talking black people that’s the reason they come up with eye catching headlines. Last week was proof that no one really cares about the shooting, they only care that another black person did something that you can talk bad about.”
The list of racial violence and official denial goes on and on. In Charleston, S.C., large groups of black people were menacing spectators both in and out of a recent game between two predominately black schools. So much so the game was canceled.
A few days later, administrators said there was no violence. No nothing. Nothing happened. Most of the media shrugged their shoulders and said “Sounds close enough to me.”
But at least one local outlet tried to describe what really happened. An off duty police officer reported large groups of black people were “bum rushing” police officers, i.e. charging them as if to attack.
Clearly the police on the scene thought something was going on in this video.
To quote a Philadelphia social worker on an epidemic of racial violence there, maybe it was just “kids blowing off some steam.”