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Sowell: A Censored Race War?

By Thomas Sowell

When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks -- beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work -- that might seem to have been news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn't.

"The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have tried to sweep it under the rug.

Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by young black gangs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls or in other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other places across the country. Both the authorities and the media tend to try to sweep these episodes under the rug as well.

In Milwaukee, for example, an attack on whites at a public park a few years ago left many of the victims battered to the ground and bloody. But, when the police arrived on the scene, it became clear that the authorities wanted to keep this quiet.

One 22-year-old woman, who had been robbed of her cell phone and debit card, and had blood streaming down her face said: "About 20 of us stayed to give statements and make sure everyone was accounted for. The police wouldn't listen to us, they wouldn't take our names or statements. They told us to leave. It was completely infuriating."

The police chief seemed determined to head off any suggestion that this was a racially motivated attack by saying that crime is colorblind. Other officials elsewhere have said similar things.

A wave of such attacks in Chicago were reported, but not the race of the attackers or victims. Media outlets that do not report the race of people committing crimes nevertheless report racial disparities in imprisonment and write heated editorials blaming the criminal justice system.

What the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress is that the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places. If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over.

It may be understandable that some people want to head off such a catastrophe, either by not reporting the attacks in this race war, or not identifying the race of those attacking, or by insisting that the attacks were not racially motivated -- even when the attackers themselves voice anti-white invective as they laugh at their bleeding victims.

Trying to keep the lid on is understandable. But a lot of pressure can build up under that lid. If and when that pressure leads to an explosion of white backlash, things could be a lot worse than if the truth had come out earlier, and steps taken by both black and white leaders to deal with the hoodlums and with those who inflame the hoodlums.

These latter would include not only race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson but also lesser known people in the media, in educational institutions and elsewhere who hype grievances and make all the problems of blacks the fault of whites. Some of these people may think that they are doing a favor to blacks. But it is no favor to anyone who lags behind to turn their energies from the task of improving and advancing themselves to the task of lashing out at others.

These others extend beyond whites. Asian American school children in New York and Philadelphia have for years been beaten up by their black classmates. But people in the mainstream media who go ballistic if some kid says something unkind on the Internet about a homosexual classmate nevertheless hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when Asian American youngsters are beaten up by their black classmates.

Those who automatically say that the social pathology of the ghetto is due to poverty, discrimination and the like cannot explain why such pathology was far less prevalent in the 1950s, when poverty and discrimination were worse. But there were not nearly as many grievance mongers and race hustlers then.

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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    May 15, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Such pathology was far less prevalent in the 1950s, when poverty and discrimination were worse, because the Liberal socialist social experimenters lived in Russia, not America and it was thought un-American to foster the dishonestly of wealth redistribution of honest Capitalist labor. People then were not taught to feel entitled to the wealth earned by others and either earned their way in life or went hungry. Poverty back them was considered a temporary station in life that honest people could work their way out of, but now no longer try to because the word honesty has been redefined by the Liberals as entitlement, and every effort to rise above one’s station and improve your lot in life, is thwarted by the Democrat Tax police who will confiscate it and redistribute it to the unworthy so that NOBODY appears superior to another, even though reality shouts the fact that some are, based on the honestly of their values and the courage to challenge their poverty and station in life through honest effort.

    This is the heritage willed to modern America by our unrealistic utopian socialism where all men are created equal to act as their own self appointed God, based not on worth or effort but ability to take up space on the planet, and vote Democrat and live uncivilly in a American asylum of imagined civil rights to abuse your fellow man through theft of his wealth and sexual exploitation of his family members. The black community bought into this delusion the most, and has suffered most. The liberals have turned the noble poor of circumstance into the pre-planned poor of a locked in voting base of dependency to the Democrats.

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  2. GHUComment by GHU
    May 15, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Obama has done absolutely nothing to advance harmony between the races in the USA. The “great unifier”, the guy who said that there would be no red America or blue America under his presidency has again lied. In fact he’s done everything to stir up more discrimination and hatred between Blacks/Whites, Latino’s/American citizens, Christians/ Radical gays and feminists and Democrats/ Republicans. Thanks Mr. Sowell for this article.

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  3. genesalComment by genesal
    May 15, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Actually he has let ‘stuff’ (chaos, hate, envy, financial slavery, amongst others) out of the ‘box’ that no future President can ever put back in the box. So in some cases America has been changed & damaged forever, all for the worse.

    He has tainted the ‘Office of the President’ forever.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 15, 2012 @ 8:57 am

      You just described our pandering Pandora President who has opened the socialist Pandora’s box of evil tidings. As with Pandora the last thing out of the box was Hope, we’ll just let him keep the change part.

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  4. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    May 15, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I think they missed something in this article. The editor of the paper where the Journalist work is black. To me I see his inaction’s as racist.

    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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  5. trashmanComment by trashman
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Once again, we are faced with the old strategy ”divide and conquer.” Get people mad at each other and they focus on taking their opponent out rather than the real problems – the economy and the devaluation of the dollar due to over borrowing. With the current policies (notice that I did nt say administration) we will spend ourselves into oblivion.

    Remember this: 2012 Time to take out the Trash!

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  7. mariaComment by maria
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    As usual, Obama haters blame Obama for wrong doings that he has no control over. Ridiculous!

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      May 15, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      So if Obama get re-elected he’ll start saying “it’s Obama’s fault”?

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      May 15, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      “As usual, Obama haters blame Obama for wrong doings that he has no control over. Ridiculous!”

      What exactly doesn’t he have control over? This is the great reconciler, or so we were told, the one who was to be our first “post-racial” president. Yet isn’t this the same man who popped off and said that the police were profiling when they stopped a black college professor who was breaking into his house, when in reality the police were only doing their job and questioning a man who appeared to be forcibly breaking and entering into a residence? Isn’t this the same man who instead of trying to defuse all of the racial tension over Trayvon Martin instead inflamed it by comparing his non-existent son to Trayvon, especially in light of the fact that he has not one single point of evidence in the case to show any racial motivation at all? Isn’t this the same president who has watched while the mainstream media has deliberately butchered footage and coverage of the Trayvon Martin case to make George Zimmerman look much more like a racist than the facts would indicate, yet sits silent and doesn’t condemn such actions as race-baiting? Where were the calls for calm; where were the calls for allowing the police and the courts to do their jobs? Isn’t this the same president who presided over obvious voter intimidation by the new Black Panther party in Philadelphia, then watched as his toothless justice department sat back and did nothing even though they had clear video evidence of the intimidation? Where were the calls demanding that these obvious cases of intimidation be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice? I mean the DOJ can sue the state of Arizona for trying to secure their borders because the US government refuses to, but they can’t investigate and try these thugs in a case as open and shut as there has been in years? What is our “leader” doing to correct these wrongs? Nothing. The reason is simple…his only hope of reelection is to stir up racial hatred against whites so that the black vote will flock to him again. That is why he has done virtually nothing to try to defuse the racial strife that his agent provocateurs like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are doing their best to stir up. He could exert a great deal of positive influence in racial relations were he so inclined, but as always for Obama it is about keeping power and destroying America as we know it, and he doesn’t care what methods he has to use to get there. All of this is directly out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Stir up whatever kind of unrest you can; class struggle (Occupy Wall Street anyone), race struggle, gender struggle, whatever you can get. If everybody is busy fighting with each other, they won’t see that their country and their freedom are being taken from them block by block. “No control over it?” Don’t kid yourself, he’s not only controlling it, he’s driving it, and the shame is that too many Americans are either too stupid or too jealous to see it.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      May 15, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

      Well said Rich Money! If you don’t mind I’m going to print this. I’m going to carry this and use it at every opportunity.

      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !

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  8. thedoveComment by thedove
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    “But there were not nearly as many grievance mongers and race hustlers then.”

    This pretty much says it all. Once race hustlers such as Jackson and Sharpton learned there was good money in hustling race “problems,” real or imagined, it was Nellie bar the door.

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  9. crunchemComment by crunchem
    May 15, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    “The police chief seemed determined to head off any suggestion that this was a racially motivated attack by saying that crime is colorblind. Other officials elsewhere have said similar things.”

    If this is true, then there can not possibly be any such thing as a racially motivated hate crime. Crime is crime, do the time. Oh wait, unless a black person is the victim, then it’s NOT colorblind, and must have been motivated only by melanin intolerance. Got it.

    Once again, Prof. Sowell nails it.

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      May 15, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

      Crime is colorblind until a white person does something against a black person and then it is all about race.

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  10. vComment by v
    May 15, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    ALL Media in Houston, Texas is also guilty of this lack of identifying the people that have committed crimes….Yes! The race, coloriation, legal status does matter when you are reporting crimes to the public and asking for the publics help! Houston is over run with Welfare Queens, Drugs Dealers, Drug Users, Thieves, Prostutites, Underage Prostutites, “ILLEGAL ALIENS” NOT undocumented immigrants!

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  11. mariaComment by maria
    May 15, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Thomas Sowell

    The only race war is in your head and the heads of other conservative racist bigots. You should be ashamed of yourself for conjuring up something so inflammatory. If there is a race war you contributed to it with your self hater article.

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    • VoiceOfReasonComment by VoiceOfReason
      May 15, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      Go back to DemocratUnderground, you fool. We don’t need you here to slander Dr. Sowell, one of the most intelligent men in America.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      May 15, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      I agree, don’t you have a president you need to spawn for?

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      May 15, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

      That’s it Maria the Troll, keep your head in the sand and ignore the obvious as you worship at the altar of Obama; it will make it easier for him and his minions to get at your purse and drag more money from your wallet. Do not, under any circumstances, allow facts to get in the way as you mindlessly follow this Pied Piper. He and his sycophants depend on your remaining ignorant, and you aren’t letting them down.

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      May 15, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

      The term “bigot” seems to be so frequently used by liberals in their arguements against conservatives, as if only conservatives could be called such a name. Well, for the record the definition of a bigot is (as defined by Websters):”someone obstinately and intolerantly devoted to his/her own beliefs, creed, or party.”

      Given your comment Maria one might deign to use the term bigot for your position. And also, to suggest that someone who doesn’t agree with you is either bigotted or racist is one of the weakest types of arguements. Name calling shows a lack of intelligence and an ability to discuss an issue on it’s merits. Although I am conservative I am neither racist nor a bigot.

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    • tearoseli05Comment by tearoseli05
      May 16, 2012 @ 1:47 am

      Now, that’s a typical Marxist socialist, projecting on others (usually conservatives) their own actions and motives!
      Thomas Sowell is an honest human being who calls ‘em as he sees ‘em. He’s a real man of integrity. But you wouldn’t understand the word, since you have been so jaundiced by your ideology.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      May 16, 2012 @ 8:51 am

      praireliving, You are absolutely right. I have given the definition to the word “bigot” many times to clueless liberals. Most of them don’t have a clue to the meaning. They are like children repeating profanity they here adults use. The know the words mean bad things the just don’t know what.

      Bigot is a buzz word used by liberals when they want to incite people. Expect to here it more often over the coming months.

      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! ! !

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      May 17, 2012 @ 2:36 am

      C’mon guys and gals, this ones a shill (probably paid) and you should recognize that/them by now.

      He/she/IT comes in here, provokes us with outrageous and utterly inflammatory and unsupported rhetoric and likely gets paid X amount of money for each and every response (including this one).

      For them and their ilk please try to limit your responses to giving them 1000 – 1 star ratings – or ignore them completely and just let it go. (Hmmm? Just had a thought. Maybe NOWADAYS they even get paid for getting any number of star ratings so, probably best to just ignore them completely.)

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  12. JDZComment by JDZ
    May 15, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    If race is not an issue, then why did 97% of Blacks vote for Obama? Are you telling me that they all voted for someone who has never held a real job, never created and staffed an organization in the private sector that had to compete to stay in business, never served in our armed services, had no leadership experience in dealing with the myriad of complex challenges of any major company or complex organization, etc. over a national hero who has been involved in running our country for decades on the basis of who is best qualified? It was a vote because of his race and his political party and they will vote for him again on the same basis even though he has been basically a total failure and the most radical, devisive, arrogant, and politically motivated President in our history.

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  13. thecitizenComment by thecitizen
    May 17, 2012 @ 2:42 am

    Mr. Sowell: As per usual – Thank You – for so astutely illuminating an issue. Very, very few do it as well.

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