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Articles for your consideration

“Searching for Heroes” by J.J Jackson at Liberty Reborn

“Regulation Hurts Small Business and Protects Corporations” by SARTRE and BATR

Kayla Moore has been kind enough to keep the editors of CHT posted on what’s going on with Roy Moore’s campaign for Alabama Chief Justice.  You can follow along on his campaign website.

“Where did the Moderates Go?” a good book review by Jeff Taylor at TAC

Also at TAC, Pat Buchanan’s “Did the Great Society ruin Society?”

“Are we Sheep?” and oldie but goodie from Joe Sobran at Lew

The Big Money Behind the Anti-Buchanan Hate Campaign

The Big Money Behind the Anti-Buchanan Hate Campaign

Middle America News, Feb. 22, 2012

Following the strategy of their political forebears in the old Soviet Union, today’s enforcers of the government’s multiculturalism are systematically silencing their opponents. The latest victim is Pat Buchanan. Although Stalin preferred bullets to silence the opposition, his intellectual progeny in the U.S. use lies, smears, and intimidation to arrange media blackouts. Politically, the effect is the same: you never hear from those dissenters again.

Buchanan is the latest victim in a string of hate compaigns from left-wingers that has already claimed the scalps of CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Fox’s Glenn Beck. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, whose job is to make sure that on-air hirelings follow the party line, fired Buchanan because, he said, the ideas in Buchanan’s recent book, Suicide of a Superpower, should not “be part of the national dialogue.”

While corporate thugs like Griffin pull the trigger on their victims, the targets are selected by a host of Wall Street-financed left-wing extremists who now decide what can or cannot be “part of the national dialogue.”

On paper, Buchanan was targeted by a phalanx of militant left groups led by Ari Rabin-Havt of Media Matters for America, Rashad Robinson of the Afro-racist, Janet Murguia of the Hispanic chauvinist National Council of La Raza, and Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League. But if not for their big money backers, they wouldn’t have the muscle to silence Tweety Bird.

The unpleasant reality is that the success of the hate campaign against Pat Buchanan was the product of Wall Street money. Without that cash, none of the groups would be able to pay for Web sites, hire researchers and media spokesmen, fundraisers, writers, or pay for rent. In politics, money talks. And big money talks louder than little money. In this case, much of it flowed directly from the legacy of the Soviet Union and the ideology that murderous regime spawned worldwide.

One of the biggest donors to Media Matters is the Wallace Global Fund II. According to a report in The Daily, the fund distributed more than $100,000 in 2008 and 2009 to Media Matters. The fund is named after left-wing Progressive Party presidential candidate Henry A. Wallace, identifed by Cambridge University historian Christopher Andrew as a Soviet agent. Andrew is the author of The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West, based on the papers of a high-ranking Soviet defector.

Another major donor is the notorious Ford Foundation, which in 2010 and 2011 contributed more than $900,000 to Media Matters. The foundation is a long-time financial backer of the American Civil Liberties Union, which was founded by self-professed communist Roger Baldwin. It has also provided financial backing for the National Lawyers Guild, cited by a congressional committee as “the foremost legal bulwark of the Communist Party,” and described by U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell as “the legal mouthpiece of the Communist Party.” The foundation also provided financial support to the World Social Forum, whose conferences have included attendance by representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), a communist guerilla outfit designated in 2001 as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, and ETA, the terrorist Basque Separatist Movement., a leader in the Get-Buchanan movement, is also a beneficiary of Wall Street investment cash. In 2011, it received a grant of $1.5 million from The Atlantic Advocacy Fund, Inc., which reported in 2009 nearly $19 million in “investment income.” was cofounded by Van Jones, who was an active member of the radical group “STORM,” or Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, which said its goal was to promote “urban Marxism and Third World Communism.”

Dozens of other major repositories of capitalist wealth, far too numerous to list here, are large donors to the radical left’s continuing Soviet-style campaign to silence the voice of opposition. In stark and disappointing contrast to the tens of millions of dollars lavished on these left-wingers, here at Middle American News we have less than $10,000 in the bank. As long as America’s conservative forces lack the resources to fight back, their voices, like Pat Buchanan’s, will one day be silenced, too.

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Articles for your consideration

Our friend Kayla Moore updates us on Roy Moore’s return attempt to the Alabama Supreme Court with this story and this.

“International Business” - Davos Style” by SARTRE at BATR

“Newt the Liar”  by J.J. Jackson at

“Obama’s Strategic Doctrine – W Lite”  – Dr. Srdja Trifkovic at

“What is a Just War?” by Andrew Napolitano at Lew

“The Present Cannot Stand up to the Past”  by Robert Fisk at

“Ron Paul and his Enemies” by Scott McConnell at TAC

“Obama Sandbags the Archbishop” by Pat Buchanan

“The Public likes Populism” by Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect

Articles for your consideration

I’ve been critical of the state of political journalism and I believe for good reason. But the New Yorker’s John Cassidy puts forth a reasonable defense of political journalism in this day and age. But if you want to see good political reporting, one in which elections are determined by forces bigger than mere politics, read this article in the Atlantic about the manufacturing in the state of South Carolina, site of an upcoming primary election.

Here are some more articles:

“Fighting the Last (Cold) War “ by Paul Pillar at TAC

Murray Rothbard loved “Red Dawn”

“Tea-Party State of Confusion” by Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect

“Bain of our Existence? Hardly”  by J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn

“Edgar Steele and the National Defense Authorization Act”   by Sartre at BATR

“The Bill of Rights is no More”  By Rev. Chuck Baldwin

This guest columnist in the Montgomery Advertiser supports Roy Moore’s campaign for the Alabama State Supreme Court

Another Look at Putin

While CHT has had some positive pieces on Putin (here, here, here and here), below is a more critical appraisal of Putin.


Interview with Russian nationalist leader Alexander Belov

Parliamentary elections in Russia took place on December 4 under a great of scrutiny from external observers and nationalist dissidents inside Russia. Nationalists face an increasing crackdown by the Putin regime which has recently banned a number of nationalist protest groups despite a huge turnout for the recent annual Russian March which attracted thousands of Russian nationalists and patriots from various groups.

The election results indicate that Putin’s United Russia party has lost support (losing 77 seats) but they still have an absolute majority of seats in the Russian Duma. The full result is as follows: United Russia: 238 seats; Communist; 92 seats: Just Russia (Social Democrats); 64 seats: Liberal Democrats (nationalist) 56 seats.

Below is an exclusive interview with one of Russia’s most prominent Nationalist activists, Alexander Belov.


1. According to the media, there were about 5,000 people on the March. What was the real turnout? 

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Articles for Your Consideration – Christmas Edition

Merry Christmas to all of our readers at CHT. By now you’ve probably dispensed with opening presents, church, watching A Christmas Story and are probably talked out with relatives or are done with Christmas dinner. So if your back on the computer (and I know some of you are) perhaps these articles my make good reading for the duration of this blessed day.

Again Merry Christmas to you all and hope for a better new year than the last

“Twas the Night before Liberal Christmas” by J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn

“Occupy Extreme and Establishment Moderate” by SARTRE at BATR

“The Greatest Christmas Carol” by Gary North at Lew

“The Soldier’s Choice” by Timothy Egan at New York Times website

“The Story of Christmas Truce of 1914″ at the Guardian

“Immigration Impasse” by Jim Antle at TAC

“Grim Christmas” by Dr. Srdja Trifkovic at Chronicles


Our friend Roy Moore has just filed his paperwork to run for the Alabama Supreme Court once again. His wife email use a Christmas poem I would like to share:


“The Stranger” by Judge Roy Moore
The old man was alone by the fire that night;
His wife and his kids were in bed.
Christmas was near, but he was out of a job
And could barely keep his family fed.
It was snowing outside and cold in the room,
Because he had little wood left to burn.
This would be a sad Christmas with cupboards so bare,
For he had run out of places to turn.
In the firelight dim, he folded his hands,
And knelt by an old chair to pray.
“Dear Lord,” he said, as a tear he shed,
“I don’t know just what I should say.”
Then came a knock on the door; he could pray no more;
‘Twas a young man in the shivering night.
His coat was old and his shoes were worn;
He was really quite a pitiful sight.
“I’ve been walking all night,” the young man said,
“And my home is still far away.
If I may warm by your fire for a while,
Only a minute I will stay.”
The old man threw a log on the fire,
And made him a bite to eat.
“You’re very kind, sir,” said the young lad,
As the old man gave him his seat.
“Where are you bound on this cold winter night,
Dressed so ragged and bare?”
“I’m headed home,” replied the young man,
“My father waits for me there.
“I wouldn’t care about this ragged old coat,
If only his face I could see.
When I get home, I’ll have all I need,
For there with my father I’ll be.”
He then went to leave, so the old man got up,
And brought out the only coat he had.
“Here, take my coat,” he said with a smile,
“For the weather is exceptionally bad.”
The lad said goodbye before the old man could ask,
For he wanted his name to know.
But when he looked out the door, the stranger had gone,
And not a trace could be found in the snow.
But there in the yard was a new stack of wood,
Higher than a man could build.
And when he looked in the kitchen, he couldn’t believe
That all the cupboards were filled.
The chair in which the stranger had sat,
Was now one made of pure gold.
On the back of the chair, a note was pinned,
And this is the message it told.
“My Father and yours are one and the same,
You’ve been a good brother to me.
What a man sows, so shall he reap,
And thus, it shall always be.
“When I knocked on the door, you opened it to me,
And gave me what you needed too.
Now as you have done for a stranger in need,
So shall it be done unto you.”



Why the pro-war, pro-affirmative action, pro-immigration Newt Gingrich is wrong for the GOP

Gingrich is Not the GOP’s Answer to Obama
By Peter Morrison, VDare, December 14, 2011

There’s an old proverb that says once a person becomes known as an early riser, he can sleep all day. The point of the saying is that many people will ignore a person’s actual behavior, and instead base their opinion of him on his reputation. Nothing demonstrates this truth more powerfully than the very strange career of Newt Gingrich. He is arguably the most left-wing of the current candidates for the GOP presidential nomination, but because the media portrayed him as a right-wing conservative back in the 1990s, and continue the charade even today, that’s how most people view him. Even millions of conservatives think he’s one of us, when nothing could be further from the truth.

In actuality, Gingrich was never really a conservative, not even in the early 1990s when he first shot to fame. However, it suited the mainstream media’s purposes to portray him as a right-wing foil to Bill Clinton, and that’s the reputation that has stuck with him. In addition, he long ago mastered the arts of speaking out of both sides of his mouth, saying one thing while doing another, and constantly revising his “fundamental” principles. For example, while he was on the path to becoming Speaker of the House, Gingrich strongly denounced affirmative action, quotas and other race-based privileges as un-Constitutional and unfair. Shortly after becoming Speaker, however, he quickly reversed himself, not only supporting race-based privileges for minorities, but also denouncing other Republicans who opposed them. He said the GOP needs to embrace affirmative action and quotas in order to be “fair”, and to attract black voters.

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Steve Sailer writes about liberal journalists strange new respect for Newt Gingrich.

Daily reading and open thread

A.W. MacCrinnan reviews Tito Perdue’s new novel The Node, which might make a good stocking stuffer.

Srdja Trifkovic delivers a paper entitled “Multicultural vs. Stereotypical” at the conference”Russia and Europe: Issues of Contemporary Journalism,” Paris, November 24, 2011. (A must read.)

Gregory Cochran notes how academic political correctness diverges from reality.

Patrick J. Buchanan argues why we should care if whites become a minority.

Thomas Fleming discusses how unsurprisingly the pro-democracy movements in the Middle East are becoming anti-Western.

Henry McCulloch writes why mainstream Christian leaders are wrong to support the Third World invasion of the US.

Blogger Generation5 ponders what Americans can learn from Southern secession.

James Kirkpatrick reviews Lars von Tier’s new movie Melancholia.

John Anderson, Brenda Walker, Patrick Cleburne, Dennis Mangan and even (the often boorish) Rush Limbaugh all discuss neocon Newt Gingrich’s treasonous support of the Third World invasion of the United States.  Peter Bradley notes Newt Ginrich’s blatant support of anti-white affirmative action policies.

Washington Watcher writes about how the left and neocon right ganged up on Russell Pearce.  James Kirkpatrick notes what Pearce’s defeat says about “movement conservatism.”

Chris Brand notes how Darren Scully, the Mayor of Naas, spoke the truth about race relations in Naas and was lynched by his own party.

The most PC article on Thanksgiving: Ron Rosenbaum’s “The Unbearable Whiteness of White Meat” (HT: SS)

Classics Corner:

Sam Francis:  “When The State Is The Enemy Of The Nation


Roy Beck: “Study Says Gingrich Amnesty Bigger Than ’86 Blanket Amnesty

Mark Krikorian:  “Newt Gingrich Plan Would Mean More Illegal Immigrants

Randall Burns:  “Gingrich’s Immigration Proposals: Statesmanship—Or Class Warfare On American Workers?

Articles for your consideration

From J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn “OWS Protesters-Find-Willing-Media-Dupe-to-Bring-Back-Tea Party-Comparison”

From SARTRE at BATR: “The Irrelevance of the Republican Party”

Also from SARTRE: “A True Greek Tragedy: The Odyessy of the EU”

An interesting book review in TAC: “Republicans and Christians: A Marriage of Convenience?

From Justin Raimondo at Lew “Obama Plays the China Card”

Our friend Chuck Baldwin will be running for Lt. Governor of Montana

This is a good story about upcoming cancellation of the NBA season and why it will happen.

And from Front Porch Republic: “Debating Conservatism: An Old Mistake in a New Inquiry”



Articles for your consideration

“Living with David Duke and Louis Farrakhan”  by SARTRE at BATR

“From 9-9-9 to ?-?-?” by J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn

“Slaying the New York State Pork Dragon” also by SARTRE at BATR

“Freedom Lost” by Chuck Baldwin

“The Best Little Whore in Texas”  is great article by Matt Tabbi describing life in Texas under Rick Perry

“Immunity and Impunity in America” by Glenn Greenwald in TAC

“The Occupiers and the State”  by Anthony Gregory at Lew

Articles for your consideration

“Freedom Lost” by Rev. Chuck Baldwin

“Herman Cain is the Uncle Tom of the Federal Reserve” by SARTRE at BATR

“EU Bond Rollover Debt with Chinese Bailout” by SARTRE also

“UMPC  Taking Snit with Highmark out on Paitient?” by J.J Jackson

“American Exceptionalism is Exceptionally Bad” by Justin Raimondo

“The End of Pax Americana”  by Pat Buchanan

“History’s Missed Moment” by Robert Kutterner


Articles for your consideration…

Some good articles in The American Prospect on 9-11 and its meaning 10 years later. Check out “The 9-11 President” and “Same as it Ever Was”

From J.J. Jackson at Liberty Reborn “No Amount of Broken Windows can Save Us.”

From Chuck Baldwin “Government Gunrunners” and “Come Out of Her My People”

From SARTRE at BATR: “Liberty for the Ron Paul Generation”

From Clyde Wilson at Chronicles “A Fatal Blow”

From Jim Antle at TAC  “Grand Old Peaceniks”

and from Lew, here’s Rick Perry’s campaign them song. Take a listen…

Daily Reading & Open Thread

James Kirkpatrick looks at Rick Perry and the religious right.

Zero Hedge asks whether the gold scramble has begun now that Venezuela is pulling gold reserves from US and UK.

Dennis Mangan discusses black vs. Chinese fight at basketball game in China.  Irish Savant comments on the fight.

Thomas Fleming writes about jerks in arrested development.

Pat Buchanan asks why Obama is trying to start a war with Russia.

C’est human biodiversity en francais.

ECB looks at the real unemployment in the US and what Obama is doing to make it worse (e.g. importing more cheap labor).

Srdja Trifkovic discusses the Libyan endgame.

Richard Spencer notes that the US involvement in Libya signifies the death throes of empire.

Chris Brand discusses the London riots.

Rep. Lamar Smith calls Obama’s work permit policy a backdoor amnesty.

BBC reports on a new genetic study that showing that Europeans have been living in Europe for 40,000 years.

The Inductivist points to a poll showing Ron Paul could beat Obama.

One Radical observes that the Rush Limbaugh show has become ridiculous on immigration.

One STDV notes how accusations of “racism” are becoming simply absurd.

Classics Corner:

Heather Mac Donald: “The Immigrant Gang Plague

Daily Reading & Open Thread

Ferdinand Bardamu asks whether HBD and free-market capitalism are incompatible.

Russian senator blames London riots on multiculturalism and immigration.

Al Fin discusses global atrophy and the coming idiocracy and notes problems with peak oil theory.

Michael Levin writes about the evolution of differences in morality.

The WSJ notes that white voters are fleeing Obama.

Nick Griffin claims he predicted the London riots in 2008 (but no one listened).

Audacious Epigone traces the popularity of term ‘isolationism’.

NumbersUSA asks why the Obama regime wants to give illegal aliens work permits.

Spain is paying Third World immigrants to leave (which, in the long term, is cheaper than allowing them to stay).

Larry Arnhart notes that even before evolution Aristotle saw the roots of human behavior in animal behavior.

Dienekes discusses breaking down intelligence to environmental and genetic components.

Peter Frost argues that evolutionary psychology must undergo paradigm shift since recent evolutionary adaptations did not occur in all human populations.

FAIR notes that the Obama regime has in effect just issued an (illegal) executive order amnesty.

Irish Savant points out the BBC’s poor reporting on the London riots.

Dennis Mangan reports that the NYSE is suppressing price information to attempt to curb sell offs.

Srdja Trifkovic notes that things are heating up in the Middle East.

ECB lists 20 signs that we’re headed for an economic apocalypse in 2012.

Richard Spencer points out Daily Show video showing MSM ignoring Ron Paul.

Classics Corner:

J Enoch Powell: “Rivers of Blood

Articles for your consideration

I wrote  this in the comments sections on a post on the The Washington Monthly website. I hope you all like it.

Some more articles:

Representation, Secession and Taxation  by SARTRE at BATR.

“Welcome to the New Weimar” by J.J. Jackson at Liberty Roberts

“The Media are Paid to Lie for the State” by Scott Lazarowitz at Lew

“C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism “ on Front Porch Republic

Three Martyrs by Philip Jenkins at TAC

Daily Reading & Open Thread

Investors Business Daily reports that both media and Obama administration are trying to cover up black-on-white violence of black flash mobs.

Die Welt points out that most of the arrests in the UK confirm stereotypes:  most were immigrants, etc. (Translation.)

Robert Weissberg writes how Catholic Church in US has removed principal from elementary school for being pro-white / pro-Western, which seems hypocritical considering that the Catholic Church in the US is basically joined at the hip with the mestizo-advocacy group La Raza.  (For similar story, click here.)

Washington Watcher advises people to ignore Rick Perry’s rhetoric on immigration and look at his real record.

Gates of Vienna reports that African immigration into Italy is reaching Camp of the Saints proportions.

Blogger Anonymous Attorney notes that blacks targeted whites at Wisconsin State Fair because they believed whites were “easy targets.”  (Dennis Mangan responds here.)

Nick Griffin discusses riots in London.

Audacious Epigone shows that data on Hispanics belies “Hispanic conservative” myth.

Steve Sailer writes about English historian David Starkey commenting that some lower-class Brits act black, notes how British media try to bully English shopkeeper from telling the truth about black riots in UK, and points out how prescient J. Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech was regarding recent riots.

James Fulford reports how Rick Perry flunks the national question.

John Anderson writes that Rick Perry is an enemy of national sovereignty.

Derek Turner notes the problems of color-blind policing.

Richard Spencer points out new study on IQ and genetics.

Lawrence Auster asks whether Westerners and their civilization can survive.

Classics Corner:

John O. McGinnis: “A Defense of Darwinian Conservatism

Coffee Time & Open Thread

Patrick J. Buchanan discusses the phenomenon of the black flash mob and the horrendous effects of mass immigration on Europe vis-a-vis the London riots.

John Derbyshire estimates that blacks comprise about 2% of the British population but 60 – 70% of the rioters.

Birmingham Mail reports that Pakistanis and Indians have been jailed for fomenting riot in Birmingham.

James Fulford observes that J. Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” (i.e. the fruits of mass immigration) can bee seen today on the streets of London.

John Anderson discusses the GOP presidential debate and questions on immigration.

Steve Sailer rightly argues that the US should mimic Israel on immigration policy.

John T. Bennett writes about the media’s dishonesty in reporting on the black flash mobs.

Tom Tancredo notes Rick Perry’s absolutely horrible record on immigration.

New Scientist anticipates finding by Svante Pääbo that early Asian homosapiens interbred with the Denisovan hominid group.  (Last year, Pääbo’s team found that up to 4% of the genome of non-Africans is Neanderthal.)

Peter Brimelow discusses David Frum’s call for an immigration moratorium, and ponders how well the media’s “not reporting race” ploy really works.

Brenda Walker writes how the LA Times now portrays barrio lowrider culture as American as apple pie.

Srdja Trifkovic notes that the media are failing to report on the racial component and other aspects of the London riots.

Patrick J. Buchanan writes about the downgrading of American credit.

The EC Blog discusses the recent stock market crash.

Richard Spencer is interviewed by James Edwards about Breivik, discusses upcoming conference “Towards A New Nationalism,” and talks to John Morgan about the French New Right.

Katharine Birbalsingh at the Daily Telegraph writes that the origin of the London riots was “about race. Why ignore the fact?”

Steve Hsu writes about demography and fast evolution.

Classics Corner:

Derek Turner: “Dark Continent

American Tinderbox — Rise of the Black Flash Mobs

American Tinderbox

By Walter Russell Mead

Aug. 7, 2011, The American Interest

For some time now, residents of some US cities have noted occasional incidents of seemingly random, racially motivated violence in which young Black males are involved. The hot weather and bad economy seem to be combining to generate a small but possibly significant uptick this year. The national media are doing their best to avoid looking too closely at this disturbing phenomenon, and perhaps for good reason. What the United States doesn’t need is a media firestorm that triggers copycat violence.

Nevertheless some attention should be paid. Journalist Eugene Kane has the bare bones in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Philadelphia – While out of town last week, I suddenly started receiving urgent long-distance messages about young black people in Milwaukee acting crazy.


Last time it happened, I was on vacation during the Fourth of July weekend when a bunch of misbehaving young black people ransacked a gas station convenience store and attacked residents in a park.

This time, I was in my hometown of Philadelphia attending the National Association of Black Journalists convention when my BlackBerry started blowing up with news about what happened Thursday night at the Wisconsin State Fair.

According to reports, it was similar to what happened in Riverwest last month, but on a much more brutal – and scarier – scale.
When people start reporting they were being beaten by black people for no other reason than being white people at the State Fair, that’s pretty disturbing.”

Here is a news account of the violence. As Kane points out, Milwaukee isn’t the only city to have seen problems like this.

“For most of the summer, Philadelphia cops have dealt with a series of so-called flash mobs that turned violent, scores of young blacks roaming the center city area and attacking mostly white pedestrians and shoppers.

It’s so bad, Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey recently announced a coordinated response to the problem, which involves law enforcement measures, social responses and neighborhood outreach. They’re relying on a network of African-American professionals, community leaders and officials in the city to step up to the plate.

On Friday, Nutter said he would increase police street patrols and enforce curfews for young people. The city’s curfew ordinance says children under the age of 13 must be home by 10 p.m., and young people between the ages of 13 and 18 must be home by midnight.”

Yale sociologist Elijah has described Philadelphia flash mobs for the Philadelphia Inquirer like this:

“Flash mobs have reappeared on the streets of Center City. These groups of mostly black youths gravitate to a designated location at an appointed time. Once there, they become a mob that gathers force as it roams the streets, wreaking havoc on businesses while terrifying and sometimes attacking pedestrians.”

Dick Simpson of the Chicago Journal describes the situation in his city:

“These well-known social conditions breed anger and lawlessness. And so we now have black “flash mobs” attacking whites in the Loop, on public beaches along the North Side, as well as throughout the River North and Lakeview neighborhoods.

The term “flash mob” originated when college-aged kids would converge on a spot like Grand Central Station in New York
and do seemingly-impromptu performance art.

But now, the term is being applied to violent groups. For several years, roving groups of black teenagers have attacked folks on the South and West sides of Chicago as far out as Oak Park.

These young folks in gangs and flash mobs are not afraid of the police. They attack and steal quickly — they are gone long before the police arrive. They just move on to another spot for their next attack. The beatings of victims can be brutal.”

In a piece on the Black underclass in Chicago for In These Times, Salim Muwakkil interviews a participant.

“Jamal Foster’s story is an example… Foster says he and his friends often travel to North Avenue and Oak Street Beach—two popular lakefront locations along the Gold Coast—to intimidate people and steal whatever they can. “We can get some good stuff down there,” the 17-year-old says. “You can’t get no iPods or nothing like that on the West Side. So we go to where you can and when we mob up, even the cops can’t stop us.”

Law enforcement’s impotence in halting such crimes—more than a dozen incidents in the first weeks of June alone—is the probable reason Chicago police took the unprecedented action of closing the densely crowded North Avenue Beach on Memorial Day. (The official reason given for the shutdown was to allow medical vehicles access to treat several heat-related injuries.)”

The Christian Science Monitor adds Washington and Las Vegas to the list of cities experiencing this phenomenon and discusses another pastime: “a game called ‘Knockout King,’ played primarily by black teenagers, where the point is to approach and quickly strike a stranger, often whites or immigrants, in an attempt to knock them unconscious with the first punch.”

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