In posts scattered around Facebook, former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien promotes the latest right-wing meme: there’s a black crime wave targeting white folks — and the media is covering it up in the name of political correctness:
Accurate reporting would have let us know long ago that there has developed an established pattern - a game - of unprovoked, racist attacks by black young men on helpless, usually solitary and older, white and Hispanic people.
Once again the legacy media, which is run by statists and leftist apologists, has done our country a disservice. And people have died because of their ideological blinders.
"Are there incidents of this in New Hampshire?" O’Brien was asked:
Apparently it is an ongoing occurrence in urban areas and states, including Massachusetts. Giving the misreporting it is hard, if not impossible, to determine its extent there or whether it is occurring in NH. It’s sort of like voter fraud: if you ignore it, then you can deny it.
For evidence, O’Brien linked to a Thomas Sowell piece describing the “knockout game.”
“The way the game is played,” wrote Sowell, “one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, preferably with one punch, as they pass by. Often some other member of the group records the event, so that a video of that ‘achievement’ is put on the Internet, to be celebrated.”
Old news, writes Salon’s Alex Pareene:
This belief in an epidemic of black-on-white crime that the press and law enforcement conspire to keep secret is an old one, and crazies have been sending newspapers mimeographed manifestos on the subject for years. It’s a common topic of discussion at white supremacist message boards and in the comments sections of newspapers, which are often indistinguishable from white supremacist newsletters. It was the sort of crap Ron Paul’s famous newsletters would cover, back when he was trying to win the ‘rednecks’ over to the libertarian cause. The sort of people who obsess over this shit are of course older, white and likely already terrified of America’s urban areas and black neighborhoods. …
O’Brien references “White Girl Bleed A Lot,” a self-published book by Colin Flaherty that describes an epidemic of race riots and media cover-ups — a tome Pareene dismisses as “a silly book designed solely to scare white people:”
So here’s the thing: If you look for every example of crimes committed by black people in every American city over the last three to five years, you’ll find enough examples to make it sound like a lot of crime, because America is a violent country with a lot of crime, a lot of poverty and a lot of impoverished minority neighborhoods located conveniently close to much wealthier white neighborhoods (and business districts where everything is also owned by white people).
But this epidemic of racial crime isn’t an epidemic. It’s barely a blip. According to the FBI, there were 575 crimes motivated by anti-white bias in 2010, nationwide. There were 545 anti-white crimes in 2009 and 716 in 2008. There were more than 2,000 crimes motivated by anti-black bias in each one of those years. Of course, the book insinuates that all black-on-white crime is racially motivated, but even by that standard things are looking pretty rosy in America right now.