The Memorial Day Mobs
By Jim Goad
Though few Americans realize it, Memorial Day has roots that are partially racial in nature. It was originally called “Decoration Day” and was first celebrated by a group composed entirely of black Freedmen in Charleston, SC, to honor Union soldiers—nine in ten of whom where white—who’d died in the Civil War.
This past Memorial Day weekend was anything but civil, but in many places it looked like a war. And people may remember—or even commemorate—this year’s “festivities” a hundred years from now.
Crowd situations in multiple American cities came so unglued that massive police intervention was required to shut down activities at beaches, water parks, and street festivals—places normally intended for lighthearted summer recreation rather than violent mob pandemonium.
In all the news footage I’ve seen and every online account I’ve read of these events, the troublemakers—the ones throwing gang signs and roving in huge packs and attacking random strangers and often planning such mayhem on Twitter and Facebook—were somewhere in the ballpark of 99 to 100 percent black.
Forgive me, Lord, for what mine own eyes hath seen is racist.
A recap of this year’s Memorial Day weekend mob violence, starting with the least intense and getting worse from there:
A series of “fights…between teenagers” led to the shutdown of a water park in Decatur, AL. An “unruly crowd” that included “people jumping the fence to get into the park, creating chaos inside the park” and leading to “several fights” prematurely closed down Nashville’s Wave Country water park for the first time in 30 years.
In Milwaukee, police “mistakenly” closed a city beach after overestimating traffic and pedestrian “congestion.” At least that’s what they said. However, eyewitness Shaylen McCaskill—who is black and therefore cannot be racist—told TV reporters, “They was jumping on cars and jumping around and throwing up gang signs.”
In Long Beach, NY, a “melee involving hundreds of people…spilled out onto the streets and a nearby bus depot…and continued for several hours” until police finally regained the upper hand.
Police in Rochester, NY, shut down a beach park near the city’s annual Rib Festival “when fights broke out among at least 100 youth.” A female witness said “There was a group of young gentleman [sic] running through the parking lot, saying something like someone’s getting beat up, and next thing you know there are 20 cops, ambulances, fire trucks….”
Chicago cops said they shut down North Avenue Beach because tiny-fingered Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed they’d received a “tremendous amount” of calls regarding heat exhaustion. But the high temperature in Chicago on Memorial Day was only 88 degrees and only four people were taken from North Avenue Beach to local hospitals for heat-exhaustion relief. And none of Chicago’s numerous other beaches were closed that day. The mayor’s “heat exhaustion” alibi has lost so much credibility, even CBS News is beginning to question it. Before the beach was shut down, callers to local radio station WLS said they saw “dozens of gang bangers pushing people off their bikes.” Reputed eyewitness descriptions on the Chicago crime blog Second City Cop were more graphic (comments reprinted as they were typed):
I was at the lake front today and here is what I saw; A completely out of controll group of “teens” at the Oak St. Beach and at the Olive Park Beach. They were knocking people from their bikes at the Oak St. beach and then laughing and high-fiving each other. The nice northsiders were completly taken aback when the “teens” would push them from their bikes.
There were over 2,000 teenagers (being PC) who flocked to the beaches and proceeded to fight, attack others, rob, and destroy anything they could get their hands on.
In one eight-hour span in Myrtle Beach, SC, during Black Bike Week, police were called to respond to reports of a stabbing, a shotgun being pointed at a security guard, a shooting, and a quintet of armed robberies. Nevertheless, the NAACP is suing a restaurant for alleged discrimination against black bikers.
Three times over four days, Boston police were called to quash large-scale disturbances on the south side’s Carson Beach to break up gang fights among “1,000 youths who have used social media sites like Facebook to plan unruly gatherings….” Carson Beach became famous back in 1977 when segregation-busting South Boston police escorted black sunbathers there to protect them from presumably racist Southie whites.
In Charlotte, NC, early Sunday morning after the Speed Street festival, “things got chaotic” amid a crowd estimated at 30,000, leading to “many fights” that culminated in the shooting death of 22-year-old Antwan Smith. Another 22-year-old, Durante Kavon James, was shot in the leg. Police made over 70 arrests.
Also early on Sunday morning, shots rang out during Miami’s Urban Beach Weekend, which draws an estimated 300,000 visitors who are “almost exclusively African American” and whose presence nearly doubles the city’s population. Gunplay ensued after one overeager reveler allegedly tried running over a group of police and pedestrians with his car. At least seven people were injured, including three policemen, and the accused vehicular assailant was shot dead. Around the same time, a black Miami poet was murdered outside his café in what was thought to be a deliberate hit. When local gay activist Herb Sosa complained that he saw “six cars parked on my block with their mirrors ripped off, their antennas ripped off” and called for an end to all future Urban Beach Weekends, he was called a racist.
All of the above happened on the opening weekend of what may be America’s longest, hottest summer.
Violent black mob rampages arranged via social media seem to have started around May 2009 in Philadelphia when a group of “youths” beat a 53-year-old white bicyclist unconscious. During the attack as the cyclist went into a seizure, one of his assailants was described as “kind of entertained” by his victim’s violent twitching. Philly would endure a half-dozen or so similar events during the next two years, hitting a maniacal apex in March 2010 when black mobs swarmed South Street and were heard chanting BLACK BOYS! and BURN THE CITY! A 27-year-old white woman was swarmed by male and female blacks who “split her upper lip so severely that much of it was hanging from her face and she was unable to speak.” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who is black, said the mob attacks were “silly” and spurred by “bad decision-making,” but he insisted there was “no racial component” to them.
In Kansas City last April, “between 700 and 900 juveniles” invaded the Country Club Plaza. Multiple fights and attacks ensued, with one white couple reportedly being robbed while the husband was thrashed by an estimated 15 “youths” at once.
At the Iowa State Fair last August, a roaming black mob numbering 30-40 loudly announced it was “Beat Whitey Night.” A police report described “a large fight with black male and female juveniles assaulting white citizens.” One victim was hospitalized with “severe injuries to his eyes, cheekbones, and nose.”
As Buffalo Springfield sang, “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”
Or maybe it’s exactly clear but too horrible to ponder.
The pimply and pasty progressive Poohbahs tell us not to worry. In fact, they lecture us that to even mention this troubling pattern is racist to the core.
Right-side blogger Matt Drudge runs a Top 100 website by doing little more than aggregating news links. Last week when he grouped together these Memorial Day mob stories on his home page, the sole mention of race was that violence had broken out at Black Bike Week, so named because that’s what black bikers call it. At Gawker, John Cook dismissed it all as “run-of-the-mill summer crime stories.” He shrugged his scrawny white shoulders and wrote that “young people in large groups often make poor decisions.” And he concluded that it wasn’t the roving packs of black youths pillaging everything in their path who were the racists or terrorists—it was people such as Drudge, who, “since the president of the United States is a black man,” were trying to “inculcate fear and apprehension” among white voters.
At Salon, Alex Pareene accused Drudge of waging a “disgusting race war awareness campaign.” He even insisted that none of this was really happening: “…this world of race riots and constant violent attacks on innocent Caucasians exists only in the imaginations of Matt Drudge and the paranoid suburban and exurban white people he wants to keep terrified.” Drawing the most laughable false equivalency in recent memory, he added that “drunk, rowdy white kids commit a lot of crimes, in a lot of places!”
You got that right, buddy. So let’s see the footage of white wolfpacks a thousand strong who bash through everything in sight and randomly attack blacks. Clips from The Birth of a Nation don’t count.
People who deny reality for too long have a way of getting trampled under its feet. This is what Salon’s Alex Pareene looks like. And here’s Gawker’s John Cook. Don’t they ooze the hot sticky sap of Ghetto Knowledge? They are prime specimens of what has become The Only Acceptable Kind of White Male—feminized, soaked in historical guilt, and so consummately weak-looking, they’d be the first to get cold-cocked by any stampeding black flash mob, even an all-gay one.
And as far as trying to “inculcate fear and apprehension” goes, these street mobs are doing a bloody good job of it. Even prior to Barack Obama’s election, there was some concern that if he didn’t win, blacks across America would riot. Perched high in their glass cages, the left may be turning a blind eye to this sort of bloody racial street theater—or even winking approvingly at it—because a National Black Flash Mob in 2012 if Obama isn’t reelected might scare the living freaking sweating bleeding shit out of white voters.
These digitally orchestrated and monolithically black mob attacks only seemed to start after Obama was elected. And they seem devoid of any political message beyond brute, ugly, triumphal racial intimidation through group power and group force. America’s black Attorney General refers to other blacks as “my people” and refuses to prosecute slam-dunk cases of voter intimidation when his peeps are the perps. And all these events are passively enabled by a media that largely sticks its own head up its ass and pretends that everything smells peachy. If anyone complains, even while their teeth are being kicked out of their mouth, they’ll get called the worst word in the world.
Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo said a long time ago that “A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.” If that’s true, expect to see a lot more conservatives very soon.