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(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.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.
As black mob violence goes, the recent racial mayhem at the Florida State Fair in Tampa was not that big of a deal.
Sure hundreds of black people were fighting. On video. Police were attacked. Property destroyed. Fair-goers beaten. Venders assaulted. Cell phones stolen. An old lady in a wheelchair robbed. People jumping fences and refusing to pay for rides. The fair closed early. And most of the media glossed over most of it. Despite the fact that officials even said they expected it.
The local daily paper in Tampa carried a story about a Trayvon Martin commemoration rally in Miami – his birthday was over the weekend – but nothing about the widespread racial violence at the fair in its own backyard.
Even so, compared to other recent examples of black mob violence and media denial at fairs and carnivals around the country, this Tampa lawlessness was right in the middle of the pack. In Tampa, at least no one was killed. At the fair, anyway.
Let’s look at a few other episodes of racial mayhem at the fairgrounds:
In Hampton, Va., last May, officials closed the Spring Carnival a week early after five black people were shot, one fatally. This happened after extensive black mob violence at the fair that year – and years before.
In Roanoke, Va., last year, police turned a county fair into an armed camp after the Drew Expo was forced to close early after it was the scene of black mob violence involving 500 people both in and out of the fair in 2012. And years before.
In the Detroit area, black mob violence was responsible for closing at least three carnivals in the spring of last year. ClickOnDetroit.com reported: “Police say more than 100 teenagers – mostly boys – started a fight during the Westland Firefighters Charity Fund Carnival. It happened in a shopping center parking lot where the violence got so out of hand that it spilled over to neighboring businesses.”
Two weeks later in nearby Orchard Lake, Mich., hundreds of black people fought and destroyed property during the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. “It seems that every community has the same issue,” said Westland city councilman Bill Johnson. “It’s just not safe.”
In Savannah, Ga., 15 months ago, eight black people were shot at the Coastal Fair. The shooting took place after several episodes of black mob violence happened at the same time in different parts of the fairgrounds.
Police later arrested six people in connection with the violence – including several for lying to detectives during the investigation. That drew the ire of one mother after local media published the mug shot of her son:
“I wish yall stop showin my son terrance thacker picture an find some more important news to talk about,” said Charlene Thacker-Williams to the website of local news channel WTOC. “He lied to the police bout his name that’s it. People do that everyday! Its alot of crimes in savannah that has never been talked about like this fair shooting.”
One of victims told police that violence and shooting are a regular and predicable part of the Coastal Fair.
In Rochester, N.Y., at last year’s Lilac Festival, four people were stabbed and 20 people were arrested in or around the festival that has become an annual center of regular, frequent and intense black mob violence. Some on video.
According to local ABC affiliate WHAM Channel 13, this has been going on in Rochester for a long time in several different parts of the city. In 2011, at a city-sponsored Rib Festival one week after the Lilac Festival, more than 200 black people showed up, ate, rioted, and then left. Thirteen people were arrested, all black. One for assaulting a police officer.
In northern New Jersey, a mob of 150 black people showed up at a firefighter’s carnival, creating violence and mayhem. Police from several neighboring areas had to be called in to subdue the crowd after people refused to stop fighting. That was in 2012.
In 2011, a group of 150 black people rampaged through the artsy Coventry Fair outside of Cleveland. The entire riot is captured on Twitter and reproduced in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”
The state fair that probably received the most attention for racial violence was the Wisconsin event in Milwaukee in 2011. Hundreds of black people roamed in and out of the fairgrounds, beating up white people at will. Which was not too much different that what 50-100 black people did just three weeks before when they looted a Milwaukee convenience store, then, two blocks away, assaulted several people on an Independence Day holiday picnic.
“White girl bleed a lot,” said one of the attackers, standing and laughing over her victim.
Milwaukee is also the site of frequent and intense black mob violence at the Juneteenth festivals, local malls and even St. Patrick’s Day parades.
The local newspapers and TV news rarely identify the culprits by race. But this time, the people on the 9-1-1 calls did it for them. Here are a few of those recorded Wisconsin State Fair 9-1-1 calls:
“We’re outside state fair and there’s a white guy getting beaten up by about 100 black people,” said one caller.
“My mom just got attacked by a black mob, and her eye is, like, bleeding,” said another.
‘My wife comes home with a fricking black eye, and you guys ain’t doin’ (expletive) about it?” said yet another.
Listen to the rest here: Wisconsin State Fair 911 calls.
Some people confuse the Wisconsin violence with the Iowa state fair, which happened a few weeks earlier. That was the scene of the now infamous “Beat Whitey Night.” Black mobs beat and robbed dozens of patrons for three nights in a row. They also attacked police.
When reporters asked police spokeswoman Lori Lavorato if the attackers were black and victims were white, she told the truth and said they were. Soon after, she was fired, i.e., sent down to traffic division for telling the truth about black mob violence in Iowa.
She has since left the department for a career in real estate.
And don’t forget Baltimore in 2011: Few carnivals have such a detailed video of the chaos of black mob violence on a midway.
And dozens of cities around the country have canceled their annual Fourth of July Fireworks show for the same reason: Black mob violence.
Now that we have the context, let’s get to the Florida State Fair over the weekend. Like most of the above examples, the local media in Tampa reported the violence piecemeal: Some said it was just a few teens fighting. Others reported the violence in greater detail: hundreds of teens attacking police, fair-goers and workers. But absent one fact: The central organizing feature of the crowd committing the mayhem. They were black.
Many people who attended the fair noticed the omission, and thought it important enough to let others know too:
“The article failed to mention all the facts: Black males were the ones starting and committing the crimes,” said Annie Penn at the message board of the local ABC affiliate in response to it story. “I was there!”
Another fair-goer filled in a few more blanks for the ABC story:
“This is a lie,” said Jamie Piaskowski about the sanitized version of the story. “I was there in the midst of it all. The carnies had to move tables to protect their vendor trailers and people. There was more than a few kids. This was a few hundred kids in a mob mentality. It was a very dangerous situation. It makes me sick to see the news and the police whitewash this.”
It started out with free tickets for students day last Friday. By Friday night, assaults and property damage were breaking out all over the fairgrounds.
David Donohue contacted WTSP news after he saw the other news reports because he wanted people to know what really happened was more than just a few fights. “We were standing in front of a ride when all of a sudden a rush came by and I got knocked up against a booth,” Donohue said.
His two children described how they were punched in the face, pushed down, and stepped on. “They trampled me,” said Mason Donohue, “then another guy came and stomped on my chest.”
Sheriff deputies ejected 99 people for fighting. One deputy was trying to break up a fight when the crowd turned on him. “Several juveniles jumped on him,” the police spokesman told WTSP. “They were stealing candy apples from concession stands and throwing them at our deputies.”
The Tampa Bay Times reported deputies were outnumbered and overwhelmed.
“Approximately 200 deputies could not handle the chaos,” sheriff’s officials said. A commander with 30 years of experience, Maj. Tom Feeney, said it’s the worst thing he has seen in law enforcement.
Three hours after the 99 “teens” were kicked out, one of them was killed trying to cross a nearby interstate freeway. And now, we learn from the sheriff’s department, that violence at the fair is something they expect because it happens so much.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that the person who died was “Andrew Joseph III, one of 99 people ejected that day, which is not uncommon on the first Friday of the fair,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter. “There are usually a lot of young high school kids that start fights with each other and cause problems.”
This is the first time at the Florida state fair that officials have ever said violence was a regular problem they could predict.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that next year, the sheriff’s department is going to notify several black groups including the NAACP that violence and theft and mayhem are not acceptable at the state fair. But the newspaper did not say why the sheriff’s department singled out black groups.
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”
See a trailer for “White Girl Bleed a Lot”: