(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.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language.
School officials say race has nothing to do with the latest example of black mob violence in Minneapolis.
Neither did race have anything to do with the dozens of others examples of black mob violence and lawlessness – many caught on video – that have plagued the Twin City for at least three years.
So say police. So say reporters. So say public officials.
The victims and the videos tell a different story.
The latest example hit the news this week: Hundreds of black students were involved in fights with children of Somali immigrants.
After 20 school staffers were unable to quell the violence, 70 police officers arrived and – before they dispersed the crowd with Mace – they were pelted with food, bottles and other objects.
Four students and staff were taken to the hospital, one after being hit on the head with a flying bottle.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Some members of the South High School community said that the violent incident was the culmination of ongoing tensions between the eight percent of Muslim students of Somali descent and the 20 percent who are African Americans.”
“I don’t feel safe here. This is something that has been going on,” said one Somali student.
Other parents and students say black students are attacking the Somalis almost every day. In and out of school.
The Minneapolis racial violence is just a small portion of more than 450 examples of black mob violence in more than 85 cities documented in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Officials at the school say race had nothing to do with, and that diversity is their strength and an everyday fact of life there. A parent adviser to the Somali youth group at the school – which this month is celebrating Black History Month – says she is aware of the racial violence, but that school officials are working to reduce it.
"It's a challenge for all of our students to live amid such rich diversity," Kate Towle told the Star Tribune.
Having the biggest daily paper in the state even acknowledge, however obliquely, how the violence is organized along racial lines is something of a first for that paper.
Minneapolis has been the scene of a dozens of episodes of black mob violence and lawlessness, which the paper has refused to acknowledge.
After doing several stories on an outbreak of violence in downtown Minneapolis, Star Tribune crime reporter Matt McKinney said he was stumped about what was behind this crime wave: The mayhem was "random" and "no other real pattern emerges" and the "motivation for the attacks remains unclear."
All of violence was from groups of black people.
More and more residents of the Minneapolis area are connecting the violence with groups of blacks marauding through the downtown and other parts of Minneapolis; beating, hurting, destroying and stealing. Sometimes right in front of police.
A lot of it on YouTube. With lots of witnesses – 15 to 20 times over the last two years.
A headline from the Star Tribune tell part of the story, but conceals the rest: "Flash mob actions worry Minnesota police." McKinney fills in some of the details about one of the incidents from March 2012:
"We were just biking, the three of us, having some laughs and enjoying the night," said the cyclist, who didn't want his name used out of fear for his safety. It was 7:45 p.m. and the street was crowded with people enjoying the unusually warm evening, he said.
Suddenly "some kid" ran up to the man's friend and punched him in the face, breaking his jaw. Another eight to 10 youths surrounded the cyclists, yelling and trying to provoke a fight.
Two police officers had been watching seven youths at a bus stop when they saw them "suddenly surge" toward the cyclists.
As the officers gave chase, the group fled with one victim's bike. They ran through the seating area at Oceanaire's patio, picking objects off the tables to throw at one of the bicyclists running after them.
Eventually four people were arrested, all black.
The bikers got hurt, but they got off easy compared to the St. Patrick's Day mauling 20 black people inflicted on a Minneapolis graphic artist named Pieter. He suffered serious brain injuries and now has no short-term memory. A local bank has turned videos of the crime over to the police. He is afraid to use his last name.
An hour before Pieter was beaten and kicked into the Intensive Care Unit, 20 black people assaulted an out-of-town couple at the exact same intersection. The Star Tribune may be squeamish about reporting the race of the criminals, but City Pages is not:
Melissa screamed as three separate youths came at Kirk, throwing punches. Kirk says he was able to dodge the blows. He remembers one of the assailants smiling while he threw punches, "like it was fun." As people on the street started to take notice of the attack, the mob dispersed, leaving Kirk one-on-one with a man he says was over 6 feet tall.
"I dodged several of his punches before he ran off," Kirk said, adding that he himself didn't punch anyone. "I believe that if it wasn't for my wife's screaming I would have been seriously injured." Thankfully, he ended up with nothing more than a swollen neck. Melissa, a 33-year-old school teacher, was pushed, and one of the assailants burned her hand with a cigarette, she says.
After the mob dispersed, Kirk and Melissa made their way back to the Marquette. There, they talked to a police officer about the incident.
Wrote Melissa in an email: The "cop wasn't that interested in taking a report, since we didn't have descriptions – just African-American…[I] wonder how many people have been attacked, since our story isn't even part of the stats."
Over the last 18 months, the Minneapolis area has been the scene of dozens of other examples of scale racial attacks.
"In September of 2011, a crowd of 1,000 black people rioted through downtown fighting, stealing, destroying property. Much of it on YouTube. (Warning: Graphic language)
A few days later, a gang of 20 black women beat awhite woman after she confronted them about harassing her child.
A few months earlier, a group of black people attacked a mobile alcoholic beverage cart in Minneapolis – stealing, threatening. The newspaper dutifully reported the crime, and dutifully ignored the race of the attackers.
Except for the Minneapolis City Page, which reported:
"Almost the instant they stopped at a red light, a crowd of "25 to 40 young African Americans" suddenly materialized and surrounded the pub, as Ranney told police later. The teenagers jumped up on the bar, shaking the whole contraption and screaming indecipherably.
The University of Minnesota newspaper in its early editions identified the attackers by race, but removed it in later editions.
Which is how it should be, said Minneapolis police spokesman William Palmer: "The MPD does not track arrestees by race," said Palmer. "And frankly, no, it doesn't matter. We arrest and prepare criminal cases for consideration of prosecution for those people who choose to break the law. Race has nothing to do with it."
But the city does keep track of the race of officers in its affirmative action reporting and recruiting. According to the city website, "The city of Minneapolis is aware of its commitment as an equal opportunity employer and the efforts necessary to meet the responsibilities outlined in the Affirmative Action Plan. The City's Department of Human Resources serves as a liaison through its 'Connecting with the Communities We Serve' program and maintains contact with the following community-sponsored action groups" including the Black Story Tellers Alliance, African Community Services, Minneapolis Urban League, Minnesota Multicultural Development Center, and other race-based groups.
The city also has a policy to "intensively recruit protected class persons," including black people. And if they are having trouble qualifying for a job, the city will provide tutoring and change certification procedures to help select more "protected class persons."
Blogger Neal Krasnoff says the violence is more widespread than the police or media are talking about:
"One of my friends was robbed at Nicollet and 7th. They harassed her, then one mutt knocked her down, pounded her head against the sidewalk, then took off with her cell phone. The perps are – yes, you and I guessed correctly – Male/Black/18-35. She's the fifth person in her circle of friends to be attacked."
John Williams hosts the afternoon drive talk show at the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis. When Williams read an earlier story in WND about an epidemic of racial violence in Minneapolis, he was curious – but unconvinced.
Black mob violence was just some kind of statistical fluke. A mystery of nature, he and producer said on the air.
After the break, callers jammed the lines with their own experiences with racial violence in downtown Minneapolis. The first call was from a woman whose son was beaten by a black mob.
"My son was assaulted in Minneapolis, an unprovoked attack," said Haley. "We filed a police report. It was very traumatic because I could not get the police department to help me with anything."
After six hours of surgery for a compound fracture of the jaw, Haley set out to find the criminals. And "nobody did anything about it," she said. They would not look at security cameras videotape. They would not help her look at it. "They didn’t care. I get flamed up thinking about it. They basically told me they had bigger fish to fry."
His producer tried to back him up: Race had nothing to do with anything. Then more callers told him their experiences with black mob violence in downtown Minneapolis as well.
The Star Tribune is loathe to discuss race. But many of the black people involved in the mayhem are not: They use YouTube to brag about their illegal exploits, as appears in the following video. Many other videos cannot be embedded because of the violence and language included.
Videos of groups of violent black people in Minneapolis are so numerous that some are even set to music.
McKinney and the police are not willing to talk about violence and how race is a part of it. But the readers of the paper, bloggers, and talk radio are.
"Let's stop being so P.C. about all this," said one reader of the Star Tribune. "It's a racial thing, isn’t it? Isn't it black youth who are the ones committing the vast majority of these downtown crimes, and aren't they the ones harassing people downtown? Will this comment be censored? Isn't what I’m saying factual, though, censored or not?"
Commenters on the Star-Tribune's flash mob stories may be split over the significance of the paper refusing to report the race of the rioters. Some call for more jobs for minorities. Others say that noticing the rioters are black is racist.
Others point out race-conscious coverage of black ministers, black teachers, and other black institutions. They wonder why it is acceptable to do hundreds of stories about everything in the black community except for large groups of black criminals creating danger and havoc in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota Columnist Marlys Harris attributed the reaction to violence in downtown Minneapolis to frightened "suburbanites" who see a little, and think it is a lot.
Warm weather has a lot to do with it, she said.