Ooga Booga: Rightbloggers Warn America of a Non-Existent Black Crime Wave
Plain as this change may be even to casual visitors, rightbloggers don't seem to notice it. Instead, they've taken to telling readers that crime in America is actually spinning out of control -- and it's all the fault of black people.
Remarkably, not only is crime down in our cities -- it's down everywhere. The FBI reported in May that "in 2010, all four of the violent crime offense categories -- murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault -- declined nationwide compared with data from 2009." Even the crap economy seems not to affect it.
For normal people, that's good news. But for rightbloggers there's no percentage in anything going right so long as That Man is in the White House. So some of them have started obsessing on urban crime stories, usually dug up on the Drudge Report.
In May, for example, when a bunch of kids rampaged through a Dunkin' Donuts on Christopher Street in New York, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit sneered, "Apparently, it's racist to note that all of the youths involved in the attack were black just like the flashmob that attacked the Milwaukee Mayfair Mall in January, the mob that attacked a Dupont Circle store in Washington DC in April, and the flashmob that ransacked a Las Vegas convenience store in early May."
The Milwaukee, DC, and Las Vegas incidents were unfortunate, small as they were. But they have about as much to do with black youth in general as Marlon Brando in The Wild One had to do with the average 50s teenager.
Still, Hoft wasn't the only rightblogger to find race the salient point of the story, nor even the worst. "I knew before I saw the video 'who' those rioting punks were going to be" in the Christopher Street incident, said Urban Grounds. "And so did you. And... yep...they're a bunch of black kids, acting like animals and criminals while terrorizing the public... That's because in Black Run America, there are no rules of civility or decency."
Black Run America? We know a lot of people who'd like to know how to get there; why won't it show up on our GPS?
"Only a 'gonna get mine' attitude born from generation-after-generation of blacks in America being given handouts after handouts," continued Urban Grounds. "So really, it's not their fault that they have this entitlement mentality where they believe they can destroy and take anything they want..."
Rightblogger vision of typical street scene, Black Run America
That's a lot to get out of a couple of incidents, but these guys are motivated imagineers.
Other rightbloggers rushed to tell the world that the dusky hordes were in riot and rut. "More Senseless Riots at Fast Food Chains Targeted by Black Teens," headlined Randy's Right. "The missing word" from news reports of the Christopher Street incident "is 'black,'" cried Bill Quick. "These aren't 'kids,' they are black kids..." Quick seems to believe, along with some district attorneys, that African-Americans attain their majority at an earlier age than white people. Blackness of perps "seems to be the case with almost all of these sorts of attacks popping up on YouTube," added Quick.
"America consigns itself to a slide toward savagery in the name of Hope & Change," said Moonbattery -- the "Hope & Change" presumably included in case readers hadn't yet realized who's the real Head Negro in Charge of this imaginary black crime wave.
"The Frankenstein monster of perpetually aggrieved blacks," added Moonbattery, "who have been brainwashed into considering themselves entitled to anything and everything is breaking loose from the liberal social engineering laboratory." Like Hoft, Moonbattery mocked anyone who might find his painstaking analysis racist.
After Memorial Day weekend, Drudge pumped out some more crime stories with the word "urban" in them. Some Guy at RedState knew how to react: he pointed out that "the offenders portrayed were primarily young, black males," then dismissed "those who listen intently for dog whistles" for assigning racism to blameless noticers of negritude such as himself.
Some Guy lamented the murder of a Vietnamese man by a black assailant in St. Louis over the weekend, adding, strangely, that "the Saint Louis PD seems to view Hoang Nguyen as just another Redshirt." Actually, St. Louis police arrested and have apparently gotten a confession out of their prime suspect in that case, but law enforcement doing its job isn't a good angle for an ooga-booga story like this, so Some Guy reminisced on older crime stories ("This reminds me of a particularly vicious gang rape in Houston, Texas that I blogged about several months back") before declaring, "whether our best and brightest want to admit to it or not, law and order disintegrates daily in America."
Law and order disintegrates daily? Is that really what these anecdotes prove? In the immortal words of Otter in Animal House, forget it, he's on a roll: "Thus, I believe that the eventual GOP candidate for President has to ignore the accusations of racism and make this an issue," intoned Some Guy. "...The blood of innocent people cries out from the stained and filthy alleys of our lawless urban streets." And we're just to guys to do it!