(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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Large groups of black people continue to create violence and mayhem at Indianapolis shopping malls. But many local people have no idea why. Or what to do about it.
Even Al Sharpton tried to stop it. But it only seems to be continuing – if not getting worse.
The latest event of black mob violence was over the weekend at the Castleton Square Mall – the largest and some say nicest shopping district in the state.
Local media accounts were eager to downplay the violence and ignore the racial component of the mob.
The Indianapolis Star said there were two dozen people involved in a fight. The NBC affiliate called it a “teen scuffle.” The local Fox station reported a “fight breaks out.”
But people who were there say the crowds were bigger, more widespread and more dangerous. And everyone involved in the fighting, property destruction and mayhem was black.
The disturbances in Indianapolis are just the latest examples of more than 450 cases of black mob violence in more than 85 cities throughout the country, documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
The violence and lawlessness began early Saturday evening when police were called to quell a disturbance involving 20-50 black people at McDonald’s in the mall parking lot. Two guns were brandished during a violent confrontation.
However, unlike earlier examples of black mob violence in Indianapolis this year, largely focused in downtown malls, there were no gun shots, say police.
Soon after, police were called to the nearby Sears, where a large crowd of black people was rampaging through the store, knocking over displays and destroying property.
By the time police arrived, more than 100 black people were in the mall food court, fighting. Some were escorted out of the mall and ushered to a waiting bus to return them home.
Five black people were arrested on various charges related to violence, guns and resisting arrest.
The Castleton Square Mall violence is just the latest in a series of episodes of black mob violence in Indianapolis – many documented at WND.com. As a result, police have created a heavy and visible presence in the downtown area.
One downtown mall features police officers at the entrances, where suspicious patrons are checked for weapons with a metal detector.
In addition, police officers ride the buses from black neighborhoods to the downtown to spot trouble in advance. Police helicopters are often on the scene as well.
But Castleton is not located downtown.
"Since the police cracked down on downtown, all the teens hopped on the bus and went to an affluent area north east of town," said Thomas Livevil of Indianapolis of the action over the weekend. "There was basically a riot."
As is often the case, people who posted comments on local news sites were more frank about the situation on the ground:
"Young black thugs were everywhere and caused this. I witnessed the entire thing," said one poster who said he is a black man. "I did see sagging pants, foul-mouthed black youth everywhere with hats cocked to the side, and talking major s###. As a black man, I'm reporting my findings."
StarlettMiller posted: "Bottom line is there is always one immediate and totally obvious identifier when there is a disturbance of this sort. Be it Lafayette Square, The Canal, Circle Center Mall or 33rd and Drexel, young blacks raging out of control are at the heart of it."
Dittos from Brad: "The cops have a great job in downtown Indy. In fact too good, they have chased these gutter rats out to Castelton. We went to the mall last weekend, these animals were everywhere. These animals have no fear of the police. They know that the cops wont do anything except to put them on a bus or call their parents."
Brandon Booher is the general manager at Great American Cookies at the mall. He said it has been dangerous there a long time. "I work in Castleton Square. It's not safe to shop at the mall on the weekend."
Some in Indianapolis get quite unhappy with anyone who notices the mobs are made up exclusively of black people:
"Why do white people assume they are better than everyone?" said one anonymous poster. "You guys are no better than anyone and you need to get off your d*** high horse it's 2013 get over the racist bulls***. This is why American whites are so hated."
Deborah Bova says, "It infuriates me that racial slurs are slung; the mall kids are all out of control and nothing about color or ethnicity is necessary."
Donald Walker says that anyone who reports on the racial quality of the violence is a "racist jerk. Nowhere in the article did it say those involved in the fight were black. You just assumed it because white kids would never get in a fight. I'm so sick of suburban self-righteousness I could puke."
Eyewitness accounts and even the limited videos from local news stations would not agree with Walker.
For an area that prides itself on a bucolic, almost country, lifestyle, closer to Andy of Mayberry than Boys in the Hood, Indianapolis is still trying to figure out why it is a center of so much black mob violence.
For the last 10 years, much of the black mob violence was centered downtown, often connected to the Indiana Black Expo, which local media said was "inescapably tied" to violence.
Al Sharpton visited Indianapolis in 2010 to call for more racial justice and a "house cleaning" in the city’s police department.
Last year, the mayor appointed Rick Hite, a black police officer from Baltimore, as the new chief. He said his department has a zero tolerance policy for violence downtown. And that Indianapolis needs more gun control.
Others say Indianapolis has a lot of racial problems.
"Racial disparities have deprived people of color of their most basic civil rights, making criminal-justice reform the civil rights issue of our time," said one anonymous poster to a local website. "Through mass imprisonment and the overrepresentation of individuals of color within the criminal justice and prison system, people of color have experienced an adverse impact on themselves and on their communities from barriers to reintegrating into society to engaging in the democratic process. Eliminating the racial disparities inherent to our nation's criminal-justice policies and practices must be at the heart of a renewed, refocused, and reenergized movement for racial justice in America."
Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is an Indianapolis attorney and community activist who has heard it all before. Writing in Indiana Barrister, Hakim Shabazz says it is time to take off the blinders and confront the racial roots of the violence and lawlessness in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis, you have a problem. Your problem is young, black men who are out of control ... It's time to step up and start making examples out of people. Decent citizens black and white should not have to live in fear of urban terrorists. The elderly man who marched for civil rights in the 1950s and 60s should not have to live in fear because some Robin Hoodlum doesn't know how to honor the social contract. Young people who are trying to do the right thing, shouldn't have to live in fear because a bunch of cast extras from a Spike Lee film don't know how to behave. And I shouldn't have to write blog posts like this because young black men act like social predators and terrorize the very neighborhoods they live in.
Matthew Tully writes a column for the Indianapolis Star. On Twitter, he said the latest mall violence is no surprise to him. That why Indianapolis need to have a "frank" discussion about …. gun control.
Rev. Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition, fresh from a recent meeting with Vice President Biden on gun control, also said the violence was no surprise to him because the people involved in the lawless behavior needed somewhere to go.
Harrison said his group and the police were focusing on the downtown last weekend. "We are in one location and they tend to move to another," Harrison told News 8. "And we knew that eventually, that was going to happen in Castleton."
And, he says, until there are more social programs, the violence will continue.