Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Anti-gay 'news site' now pushing bogus book on 'black mob violence'

According to the American Family Association's One News Now,  folks should not only fear "transgender teachers" or "anti-Christian persecution in the military" but also the supposed "epidemic of black-on-white mob violence."

Colin Flaherty, author of White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It, contends there is an epidemic of black-on-white mob violence across the nation that the media not only condones, but denies.

"Black mob violence exists exponentially out of proportion and the press is ignoring, condoning, denying it – so I document that with videos and links," he tells OneNewsNow. "I don't do causes; I don't do solutions; I also don't do apologies. My message is simple: it's happening."

Syndicated black columnist Thomas Sowell says of the book: "Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities."

White Girl Bleed a Lot documents more than 500 examples of recent black mob violence. But in an article for PJMedia, Flaherty writes that "the same reporters who dutifully produce stories about black caucuses, black churches, black colleges, and other race-based institutions suddenly become color-blind" 

Sounds like a book custom-made to exploit the racist beliefs and fears of white individuals who call themselves Christians, no doubt a vast majority of One News Now's audience. However, because Flaherty's book and his claims - he seems to write a lot about the supposed "epidemic" of "black mob violence" - generally fly under the radar,  they have not been scrutinized as they should be.

Luckily, writer Alex Pareene of Salon has been keeping an eye on Flaherty and his claims. In a post from last year, he points out the many discrepancies in Flaherty's book:

So, this Flaherty guy is pretty sure that there’s a black crime wave going on, and also that there is a conspiracy — by the media and the police — to cover up this crime wave by not always pointing out when the perpetrators of crimes are black. His evidence? YouTube clips and newspaper comment sections, mostly. The book seems to be a collection of literally every single crime Flaherty could find, over the last few years, involving black perpetrators and white victims (though some involve incidents where the victims were black, and in many incidents the “victim” was property owned by white people), plus a lot of material on roving, rampaging gangs of black teenagers.

 . . . 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.

The violent crime rate has been plummeting since its peak in the early 1990s, which now looks like the crest of one of America’s periodic (and slightly mysterious) waves of violent crime. (In the long term, the homicide rate has been steadily falling for hundreds of years. We are genuinely much more civilized now than we used to be.) Back when this country actually had race riots, and not just large gangs of kids briefly fighting and scaring white people on summer nights, there were … actual race riots, motivated by racial tensions. It’s absurd to imagine a secret pandemic of black-on-white violence motivated by anti-white racism that the media and all of our law enforcement agencies conspire to keep secret for reasons of political correctness. There would have to be hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of crimes that no one is reporting in order for the current violent crime rate to come close to matching what it was a generation ago. There can’t be an epidemic of black crime that coincides with the least amount of total crime in America since the 1960s.

The point, of course, isn’t to make an argument supported by statistics. It’s to marshal all available anecdotal data to support the paranoid white conservatives’ gut feeling that this country is on the brink of Charlie Manson’s Helter Skelter.

The  question has to be asked just what was One News Now's motivation in running an article, one-sided of course, on Flaherty's claim - a claim which serves to demonize African-Americans. It should send a warning to the black community to not distance itself from the lgbt community.

From the American Family Association's perspective, blacks and gays are in the same boat and the organization is swiftly attempting to drill holes in the bottom of that boat.

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