(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.
From his perch in the center of the Universe, Matt Driscoll of the Seattle Weekly has never heard of “flash robs.”
That is why Driscoll thinks it is silly that state Sen. Mike Carrell wants to crack down on them.
“Even if you have never heard of the phenomenon,” says Driscoll.
Driscoll knows this because a PR person at the sheriff’s department told him so: She has never heard of them either.
This is the same sheriff’s department that pooh-poohed a black mob attack on a Seattle pregnant woman as isolated, when it was not.
Hundreds of flash robs around the country are just some of the examples of black mob lawlessness documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Denying black mob lawlessness is a popular past time: Seattle has “fewer problems with racism than other cities,” says the blog So Seattle. “Ethnic tensions … seem less tangible.”
Seattle may not have the day-in, day-out, racial violence of a Chicago, or the peculiar racial anarchy of small-town Peoria. But more and more people are paying attention to the increasingly visible and brutish mayhem groups of black people are visiting on a pregnant woman, veterans, old people, young people, “gay” people, Asians and everyone in between. Right there in good old Seattle.
Let’s start with 17-year-old, pregnant Jessica Redmon-Beckstead. She was riding the bus with her boyfriend when five black women started to taunt, attack, kick, punch and rob her.
All the time laughing. One complained about a broken fingernail.
“My girlfriend’s pregnant,” shouted the boyfriend as they punched her and kicked him in the face.
“We didn’t hit her in the stomach,” yelled one of the women. That got a few laughs. And the violence resumed.
The day after the attack, King County Sheriff Sue Rahr rushed to assure the peace-loving people of Seattle this hyper-violent episode was an "isolated incident and could have happened anywhere."
Bus rider Gil Costello told the local Fox affiliate, KCPQ, violence on the bus "happens all the time. They just never report it."
The Fox station reported a few months before that a disabled man was "terrorized" on a bus, then punched in the face and knocked out. All in black and white.
In 2011, an Iraq war veteran in a suburb of Seattle was riding the bus when he confronted several black passengers who were using foul language. Including the dreaded "N" word.
They attacked him. The former Marine fought back and drove them off the bus. All on video.
In 2011, Ondrell Harding beat a guy to death. No need to weasel around with "allegedly." At least five people saw it: The victim's wife and preteen son and a few members of Harding's crew.
The district attorney did not file charges, because he could not figure out who started what.
Four months later, Harding and five of his pals beat up another guy at a bus stop. They told police the single victim attacked them. This time the DA filed charges, convicted him, and Harding got three months.
Maybe it would have helped if the DA had known as much about rap music as Kaegan Hamilton, a writer for the Seattle Weekly.
"Far from repentant, Harding has bragged about his exploits in rap songs posted on his MySpace page. "When you look me in my eyes you see a coldblooded killer," he sings in one verse. Another track has the ominous title "I Will Kill a Man."
Before we leave the buses, let’s give a look at the 20 or so black people who participated in – or stood by and did nothing at – at a beat down at the Seattle Metro Bus terminal. All under the gaze of one video camera and three security guards.
Almost as sensational as the black mob beating up a pregnant teenager is the case of the Seattle teenager who was assaulted and tortured for several hours because he was white. And his ancestors were involved in slavery.
"They started bringing up the past – like slavery – being like, white people did this," Shane said.
The attackers stripped off McClellan's belt and started whipping his back.
"They said, 'This is for what your people did to our people.''They were like whipping me with my belt, my studded belt," Shane recounts.
For all the visible violence in Seattle, city officials – and some reporters – are adamant that their town is safer. Just look at the statistics, they plead.
That didn’t make sense to Nihan Thai. He was recently robbed and assaulted. He soon figured out, so was everyone else in his neighborhood.
Last year, he talked to local KING-TV about the crime. He was walking home from the light rail station (there’s that bus thing again) when:
"I was literally ten steps away from the house. And I felt a hit on my right face and another hit on the back of my neck and on my lower back, and so as I was falling forward I felt hands grabbing my jacket and my bag," said Thai.
Two months later, not far from where Thai was attacked, another man was grabbed from behind, robbed and beaten. His name was Danny Vega, and he died.
All of the suspects in all of the crimes are groups of black people. Back to KING-TV:
Thai started visiting his neighbors, they had a lot to say, and soon he realized he was doing his own crime survey. Thai knocked on 49 doors. 32 people were home. How many of them had been victims of a crime since moving to the neighborhood? All but three.
Many victims told Thai they'd never reported the crimes to police.
"It happens to them so often that after 2 or 3 times they stopped reporting because they didn't see any progress," said Thai.
Denying the existence of racial crime and violence is part of a long Seattle tradition. So it is hardly a surprise to read Matt Driscoll taking such delight in precluding the possibility of flash robs in Seattle. Or anywhere else in the state.
For the benefit of Driscoll and the King County Sheriff’s Department, here’s a primer on flash robs: They happen all over the country. The National Federation of Retailers estimates at least 10 percent of the stores in America have experienced them. Many more than once. They call them "multiple offender crimes."
Hundreds of these flash robs have been caught on video. They all feature the same thing: Groups of black people descending on stores, big and small, and taking everything they can. Laughing. Sometimes beating people up. Here are few examples -- all on video.
Why not start at Dunkin’ Donuts in Greenwich Village: They love these stories in England, let's go to the Daily Mail. They did lots of damage.
“[Y]oung people allegedly mobbed a Dunkin' Donuts in an historic district of New York City, 'terrorizing' employees and making off with sweets and drinks.
Down in Washington, D.C., 19 black people go to a high-end clothing store. Find their size. Rob. Leave.
Another from the nation's capital.
Over in the city of Brotherly Love, 40 black people rob a Sears Store in Upper Darby. Here’s the video.
Was this a flash rob? Not sure. All the video shows for certain is a hoard of black people fighting at a Philly department store while onlookers cheered and laughed.
In Jacksonville, Fla., 300 black people from a "massive house party" descended on a Wal-Mart and robbed it. Police and store managers thought they got off lucky: There were gun shots and the party in the parking lot before and after the flash rob.
In Milwaukee, on the Fourth of July in 2011, 25 to 50 black people invaded a store, robbed it, then beat up a group of nearby picnickers. One woman stood over one of her victims and proclaimed to her friends: "White Girl Bleed a Lot," inspiring a book on racial violence by the same name.
Don't forget the Motor City: Pick a number from 1 to 100: That’s how many examples you can find of this racial lawlessness in Detroit. Here is video of one.
They were busy before and after that as well, beating, fighting, shooting.
Here’s another from Detroit: They robbed and would not leave.
In Chicago, black mobs are terrorizing shops in the upscale Magnificent Mile.
Baltimore? Tons of flash robs.
Germantown, Md.: Sure enough.
People in Dallas, like Seattle, like to think this is not a problem.
These guys could be Korean or Mormon for all this video shows.
Maybe they are not even stealing. Matt Driscoll would love that.