By Paul Bremmer
New Orleans experienced its biggest mass shooting since 2013 on Nov. 22 when several gunmen from two rival gangs allegedly opened fire on each other in a park filled with hundreds of people. The shooting wounded 17 people.
But the incident did not receive nearly as much attention from the national media as did the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic later that week, in which three people were killed and nine wounded.
The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a WND columnist and founder of the civil rights nonprofit BOND, said Americans don’t hear enough about mass shooting attacks committed by black men.
“There’s this idea in America that only white men commit mass shootings or mass murders,” Peterson said recently on his radio show. “Well, it’s not true. Black men are doing it, too.”
It is a white man, Robert Lewis Dear, who is suspected of shooting up the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility. On the other hand, a black man, Joseph “Moe” Allen, was the first suspect named and arrested for the shooting in New Orleans’ Bunny Friend Park.
Peterson, author of the new book, “The Antidote,” believes there is a double standard when it comes to media coverage of black shooters versus white shooters.
“When black people commit crimes – you know about black-on-black crimes that are happening every day in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Indiana, and around the country,” Peterson said. “When blacks are doing it, the media are not allowed to report it. They call it racist.”
Peterson, who is black, explained that the media used to report on mass black shootings, but then civil rights leaders began to accuse the media of racism. Now, he says, the media are afraid to report on black criminality for fear of being called racist.
“When white people commit mass shootings, you hear about it all the time because [the media] have not been called racist with white mass shootings,” Peterson clarified.
Colin Flaherty, who documented numerous examples of black mob violence in his book, “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” said the New Orleans shooting was not a major story because incidents like that are not unusual.
“Black gun violence of this type is something that happens regularly all over the country,” Flaherty told WND. “But reporters marginalize it by saying it was gang-related, or drug-related, or whatever; it does not really matter to them. As long as they can pigeonhole it, they feel that gives them license to ignore it or downplay it.”
Flaherty agreed with Peterson that black activists and elected officials pressure editors to ignore or downplay black violence.
“Covering black crime and violence is somehow seen as contributing to the problem of black crime and violence – which is wildly out of proportion,” Flaherty said. “Pittsburgh is just one example of many: black leaders met with editors and news directors and told them their coverage was contributing to poor self-image of black people, and thus causing the high unemployment and other problems we hear so much about. So in Pittsburgh, they agreed to do fewer stories, run fewer pictures, focus less on black crime.”
The Society of Professional Journalists aids the cover-up, according to Flaherty, by telling their members to not report the race of people involved in violent crimes.
“The SPJ chapters all over the country give seminars on this,” Flaherty said. “Their national magazine writes stories about this, all saying the same thing: Race has nothing to do with violent crime, so do not report it.
“This is weird because this same group with the same reporters are constantly writing about black colleges, black churches, black funeral homes, black police officer groups, ad infinitum. But black violence? Nothing.”
Jack Cashill, a WND columnist and author of “Scarlet Letters: The Ever-Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism Exposed,” said the liberal media try to protect their audiences from realities that defy liberal orthodoxy.
“The media have sheltered their liberal audiences from the reality of crime, especially crime committed by politically protected groups – blacks, Muslims, illegal immigrants,” Cashill told WND. “When confronted with that reality, liberals are often so shocked their first instinct is to ask what the victims did to deserve their fate, even if they themselves are the victims. They are that ignorant and that brainwashed.”
Peterson challenged the idea that “black lives matter” when they are killed by fellow blacks. Based on the high frequency of killing and other violence in the black community, he noted, it appears many black people don’t hold their fellow blacks’ lives in high regard.
“Black lives don’t matter to black people,” Peterson asserted. “If they did, [black-on-black killings] would not be happening. They would do something about it. The neighbors would be complaining about it, police officers would be allowed to come into the community and clean up the mess, the president of the United States would do something about it. It doesn’t matter. Not at all.”
Cashill believes the media see things the same way black people do.
“The bottom line of major media crime reporting is this: Black lives matter only when a white person does the killing, even if justified,” Cashill stated. “As a case in point, George Zimmerman was named after his uncle, Jorgé. If Zimmerman’s parents called their son Jorgé, we never would have heard of George Zimmerman.”
Deborah Allen, the mother of the suspected New Orleans shooter, insisted her son could not have been the killer because he was in Texas when the shooting took place. Her insistence came a day after “Moe” turned himself in to law enforcement and appeared in magistrate court.
Peterson said such denial from black mothers is common because they don’t want to accept responsibility for the criminal behavior of the boys they raised.
“Black mothers are in denial because if they spoke the truth about what’s wrong with their children, they would have to admit that they caused the problem, and they can’t do that,” Peterson asserted. “The pride, the ego would not allow that to happen. And even when they speak about it, they say the father did it, and the father’s nowhere around.”
Flaherty also believes black mothers are a major part of the problem.
“Black mothers are the chief enablers of black crimes committed by their sons,” he said. “And daughters. We see this especially when it involves an ‘interaction’ with police. But this is a fact: Black criminals are more popular in black neighborhoods than people who obey the law.”
The younger Allen had an extensive criminal record. According to NOLA.com, he was booked for murder twice, in 2002 and 2008, but prosecutors refused the charges both times. In 2003, Allen received five years in prison for possessing heroin and cocaine, as well as illegally carrying a weapon. Seven years after that, he was again arrested for heroin and cocaine possession charges. In 2012, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, but the next year, a judge amended his sentence to make him eligible “for any and all rehabilitation, educational, and or work release programs,” according to NOLA.com.
Deborah Allen blamed her son’s criminal activity on the sudden deaths of his oldest brother and his father when “Moe” was nine years old. Indeed, in “The Antidote,” Peterson writes that young black men often become violent because they grow up hating their mothers and longing for their absent fathers. Peterson insists that broken families, not racism, are the real cause of dysfunction in the black community.
“Black men and women do not feel loved, and so they’ve been told that the anger that they have is caused by white racism,” Peterson said. “Not true. Racism doesn’t exist; it’s an illusion.”