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White House and media ignore upsurge in racial violence

by Hal G.P. Colebatch

News Weekly, September 14, 2013

Following President Barack Obama’s incredibly irresponsible and partisan intervention in the Trayvon-Zimmerman homicide case, in which a Hispanic-American was acquitted of killing a black youth who had evidently tried to attack and rob him (see News Weekly, August 17, 2013), race relations in parts of the U.S. have deteriorated into something like a low-level proto-race war.

While the number of blacks involved is a tiny minority — and most blacks remain unquestionably law-abiding and patriotic — there has been a jump in the number of incidents of racial violence over the last few months.

Silence of the civil rights leaders:
Rev. Jesse Jackson (left) and Rev. Al Sharpton.

While Obama himself has not advocated anything like this, he and a group of his closest associates, including Attorney-General Eric Holder, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, have encouraged black militancy.

The administration’s failure to prosecute Black Panthers who intimidated voters at the 2008 U.S. presidential election sent out another clear signal that black militancy was approved of, and that the law could be broken with at least federal government and presidential sympathy.

In that case, during the 2008 election, members of the New Black Panther Party were caught on videotape brandishing a nightstick and hurling racial taunts at white and black voters as they sought entry to a polling station in Philadelphia.

Following the irrefutable evidence caught on film of voter intimidation, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against three individuals and the New Black Panther Party itself for violating Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act — which prohibits intimidation, threats and coercion. When none of the named defendants nor the New Black Panther Party showed up for trial in April 2009, a default judgment was entered in favour of the government.

After the government had won its case in the absence of the defence to present itself, the Department of Justice abruptly changed course and sought to voluntarily dismiss the charges against three of the defendants while giving a slap on the hand to another by telling him that he was forbidden to go to any Philadelphia polling stations for the duration of the 2012 elections.

It appears inevitable that political militancy, with what can at least be interpreted as a nod and a wink from the White House or those close to it, will escalate into homicide.

In one of the latest incidents, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa, was beaten to death by a black mob, apparently acting without any provocation. Police say Richard Daughenbaugh, 40, a construction worker and father of six, did not know his killers. While fishing late at night at a popular fishing spot, he found himself exchanging words with members of a mob of several dozen blacks.

The Des Moines Register reported: “The suspects allegedly beat Daughenbaugh using no weapons other than their own bodies while others in the group tried to stop anyone from helping.

“A woman fishing nearby tried to step in and stop the assault and was struck, police said. Her companion was attacked as he jumped in to defend her. And when the woman tried to call 911, two women from the group allegedly grabbed her phone and threw it. She eventually retrieved it and called 911.”

Apparently, a number of the group attacked Daughenbaugh while the rest either did nothing to intervene or actively encouraged them. Daughenbaugh died soon after.

Chris Doyle at the Des Moines Register stated. “They beat him to death because he was there and nothing more.”

The Register quoted a police spokesman, who said: “The phrase ‘mob mentality’ is probably accurate here. Once the assault began, acquaintances of the suspect jumped in.”

There have been hundreds of incidents of black-on-white, as well as probably even more black-on-black, violence in more than 80 American cities in the last few months.

Holder, Sharpton and Jackson, etc, as well as President Obama himself, have conspicuously failed to denounce this, or denounced it in only the feeblest terms. It is a tragic refutation of Irving Wallace’s 1964 novel, The Man, in which the election of a black President led to an increase in racial harmony and a boost for U.S. prestige and influence after he successfully solved a crisis in Africa.

Wallace’s fictional president, however, was a humble and patriotic man who had set out to be president for all Americans.

After the Daughenbaugh killing, Des Moines police issued warnings to residents to stay safe by walking in groups in well lit-places.

Larry Leighton at the WHO-TV website reacted with astonishment to this advice. “Are you serious?” he asked. “He WAS near a group of people. THEY’RE the ones who beat him!”

In August, two black teenage boys were charged with the murder of an 88-year-old World War II veteran, Delbert “Shorty” Belton, in Spokane in the state of Washington.

A few days previously, two other black teenagers were charged with the murder of Chris Lane, a white Australian student and base-ball player who was living in Oklahoma City. Incredibly, Jesse Jackson tweeted that the killing of Chris Lane was “frowned upon”!

A few days before that, a car full of black people were charged with killing David Santucci, a 27-year old Memphis nurse.

A few days before that, another white man, Ray Widstrand, 26, was walking through a black section of St Paul, Minnesota, when a mob of between 30 and 40 black youths beat him into a coma, resulting in permanent brain damage.

Three black gunmen killed Greig Placette, 64, in a Denny’s restaurant in Houston, Texas. Placette died trying to shield several children from the gunfire.

At Clearwater, Florida, police arrested a 16-year-old black youth over the murder of Jason Taylor Paul, 22. The teenager told police he was having a “hard day” and he “wanted to kill the first person he saw”.

In Brunswick, Georgia, a jury convicted an 18-year-old black man of shooting an 18-month-old baby in the face during a robbery. He said the mother did it.

The media have in many cases failed to mention the race of the attackers, or to mention the attacks at all, presumably from fear of provoking further violence along racial lines, or possibly as part of a deep-seated instinct to protect Obama and the Democrat Party.

Conservative African-American economist and social commentator, Thomas Sowell, last year singled out for particular praise the award-winning journalist Colin Flaherty’s book, White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence and How the Media Ignore It.

Sowell admitted: “Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities.” (National Review, July 17, 2012).

Hal G.P. Colebatch, PhD, is a Perth author and lawyer.



Thomas Sowell, "Why aren’t race riots news?", National Review (New York), July 17, 2012.

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