Exclusive: Colin Flaherty covers ‘expert’ reasons, from boredom to serotonin
Spring is here, and the time is right for … excuses for black mob violence.
Since Michael Jagger is not available to update us on his classic Rolling Stones paean to street crime, I thought it would be worthwhile, as a public service, to list the Top 10 excuses often heard in the media for the epidemic of black mob violence … without ever mentioning the words “black mob violence.”
It is only fair: After writing the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” I learned that not only did people buy the book for themselves, many also bought a couple copies to give to their liberal relatives.
So when people who read “White Girl Bleed A Lot” throw it at you with the admonition “You Need to Read This,” all you have to do is say: 7! Or 2! Or my favorite, No. 10!
Of course, we start in Chicago.
The Chicago Sun-Times is a national leader in 1) denying that racial mob violence exists, and 2) explaining why it does. The paper’s latest excuse for the latest episode of black mob violence in downtown Chicago, which featured 500 people storming through the area, beating and threatening and destroying property?
1) Warm weather.
The Sun-Times excuses have an ad hoc quality to them that gives even the casual reader the impression they are making it up as they go along. Just a month ago, Chicago saw a wicked and violent black mob all on video. All in the ice and snow.
So excuses do not have to be true. Or relevant.
This contest for best excuses was decided in February when Ahmed Shihab-Eldin hosted a live video stream on Huffington Post featuring several experts talking about mob lawlessness. This program packed more than 100 excuses into one 30-minute podcast.
So many excuses. So little space. Let’s check the other nine.
Luke Cho owns a store recently hit with black mob theft.
2) “They are not really bad kids, they just got caught up in the flash mob thing.”
Next up, Jeffrey Ian Ross, a real-life criminologist from Baltimore:
3) “People in groups tend to let their guard down. They think they are oblivious to CTV. The reasons are ‘Boredom to wanting a new pair of jean to wanting to express their discontent.’”
Then the host had to get in on it:
4) “There’s power in numbers so they are more likely to act out? … The anonymity factor might be a contributing factor. … Does adrenaline play a factor?”
Then they brought out the big guns, Dr. Jeff Gardere, a New York City psychologist.
5) “Anonymity reduces their sense of responsibility and accountability. … They are not thinking about the consequences. There are a lot of teens looking for excitement.”
6) “We find that normally good kids get caught up in the excitement of that group and do something that is very wrong.”
Don’t forget, I’m reading these so you don’t have to. I compiled 100 of these, which you can see over at WhiteGirlBleedaLot.com. It’s a public service, don’t forget.
7) “Certainly the adrenaline does not allow us to think the way we should. Serotonin levels also drop, and we need serotonin for more impulse control and to focus more, and we see a lot of neurotransmitters are certainly affected.”
Sweet: Play the serotonin card.
8) “When asked afterward, they have a considerable amount of remorse.”
9) “These are kids. They are not thinking this out.”
And my own favorite came from hip hop giant Dr. Dre, who regrettably did not appear on this broadcast of Huffpo Live. But his explanation is probably the most popular because it appears on one of the best-selling hip hop recordings of all time: “The Chronic”:
10) “When niggaz get together they get mad.”