We’ve gone national!
According to a statement in the Chicago Tribune, reporting on the race of individuals involved in news events, such as mobs attacking, robbing and vandalizing, is irrelevant.
A news anchor at the ABC affiliate in Chicago goes even further: Anyone who reads or writes about the epidemic of racial violence in Chicago is an “idiot” who engages in “meaningless … race baiting,” says Ravi Baichwal.
City officials and the media might be the only two places left where people still deny Chicago is under assault from more than 50 episodes of black mobs attacking, beating, robbing and vandalizing over the last three years in and around downtown. Many of them are on display at YouTube.
We as a society have to figure out how to handle this. It’s not a political issue — it’s a fabric of society and a media issue.
The facts are pretty clear:
- There have been a great number of crimes committed by mobs of black youths in the greater downtown area.
- These sorts of crimes have been going on for years in other parts of the city and the media turned a blind eye to it.
As to the first part, we know damn well that if a band of pick-up truck driving white dudes wearing confederate flag bandanas sent a group of old black businessmen to the hospital with broken bones the media would be all over it. There would be marches, and rallies, and protests in every part of the city. The double standard when blacks commit crime on whites is obvious.
The media has a responsibility to its consumers/customers to disclose the race of the perpetrators of these crimes so that others can protect themselves. Especially ludicrous are the stories devoid of any details on race yet end with, “police are seeking anyone with information to come forward.” No one is well served by removing race from articles about crime.
This is the Tribune, SunTimes, and local ABC (and all the others) just pandering to the liberal overlords that run this place. They don’t want this information getting out. And the media needs access to local politicians in order to make its job easier. So media doesn’t want to make politicians angry; lest they be cut off and have to actually work for a living. Most media in this town is not journalism, it’s public relations.
That mob thuggery has been going on for years doesn’t help the media’s case to withhold race from news stories. The black community should rightfully be upset with local media outlets about covering these events when they occur on tony Michigan Ave but ignoring similar crimes in Englewood & West Garfield Park.
The vast majority of crime in the City is black-on-black crime. That’s where we need to focus more police attention. We need black children to grow up and know that they can live in a crime free neighborhood. That dealing drugs is not normal. That knowing ten people who’ve been shot is not normal. That burying a brother or sister is not normal.
You cannot reclaim Michigan Ave and make it “safe” when bullets are flying 5 miles to the west and no one says a thing.
Of course, the stunning lack of leadership from Jesse Jackson, Fr. Pfleger, Mary Mitchel, and the liberal choir of media voices is disappointing as well.