A Censored Race War by Thomas Sowell

A Censored Race War

By Thomas Sowell, Syndicated Op-ed, May 15, 2012

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 sound like 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.

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 color-blind. 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 by 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.

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7 thoughts on “A Censored Race War by Thomas Sowell

  1. Feltan

    I am normally a fan of what Thomas Sowell writes. However, this all seems rather uninspiring. All of it is true, and the points he makes are correct — but, I can’t help but wonder if this would have gone unnoticed if the author wasn’t a black conservative.


  2. C Bowen (Hawthorne)


    The better question is if Thomas Sowell wrote for National Review, would Rich Lowry fire him?

  3. Kirt Higdon

    While Sowell makes good (if obvious) points about media cover-up, he is vastly exaggerating in calling what is going on a race war. A lot of it is just routine criminality which is at a far lower level than in the ’80s and early ’90s. He mentions not even one instance of someone being killed in this “war”. OJ Simpson single-handedly waged a more effective “race war” than all black flash mobs to date put together. There is a danger of riots, of course, especially if (as seems more and more likely) Zimmerman gets off in the Martin case. But even that needs to be put in perspective. I lived in LA during the Rodney King riots. Hundreds of buildings were torched and the smell of smoke hung over the whole city. There were televised pitched gun battles, mostly between blacks and Koreans. The LAPD holed up in their stations and waited to be resecued by the National Guard. More than 50 people were killed in the LA/Long Beach area alone and a few more in Las Vegas and elsewhere. Was this a war? Sure looked like it for a couple of days but then things fairly quickly returned to normal. I don’t think things are worse now and probably not as bad.

  4. Feltan


    No he would not. Mr. Lowry has demonstrated that he willingly submits to the basest and lowest common denominator of public opinion. While Thomas Sowell doesn’t have the Derbyshire flair, his writing is workmanlike and unoffensive.


  5. Bruce

    Yes. What surprised me Ron wasn’t so much the content as the provocative title. “War” is a strong word and, I think, a little overblown.

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