Skip to comments.Young Black Men, and The Power of Flash Mobs!! (You won't believe this!)
Posted on 08/24/2011 8:42:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
We cannot police hopelessness and despair!
There are those who are angered and surprised by the violence of urban Flash Mobs (quickly forming groups of young people using technology to organize), especially crowds of young Black men, descending on mostly White, affluent downtown American cities. However, if we analyze this phenomenon, it is not so surprising. In fact, it is highly predictable. While there is no justification for young Black men to rob and beat people of any race, the activities of flash mobs are easily understandable in the context of recent social history and current economic conditions.
Most of these young men are poor, desperate and hopeless. They come from broken families and broken communities. They have been failed by their schools and by social and faith organizations in their communities. They dont have jobs and many of them will never have jobs. They live at the bottom rung of society. The kind of havoc they wreak among us through flash mobbing is the kind of havoc they have lived with their entire young lives. For them, there is a perverse kind of justice and sense of fairness in their ability to create flash mobs that breathe terror into the hearts of other Americans.
Predictive factors for young Black males participating in the activities of violent flash mobs in Chicago are shown by recent data:
■This summer, 90% of young Black men in Chicago between 16 and 19 years old are unemployed. ■Only 44% of Black males graduate with a high school diploma from Chicago public schools. ■Only three out of 100 Black boys who start kindergarten in the Chicago Public Schools earn a bachelors degree by age 25. ■70% of Black children in America are born into and live in single, female-headed households that are usually impoverished. ■Black males are 6% of Illinois population but they represent 60% of the states prison population.
The power and strength of a flash mob are in its large number of congregants and in its ability to assemble quickly and to disband equally as fast. The word flash is an allusion to social media texting, smart phones Twitter and Facebook. Flash media, an effective tool for organizing a social cause, is the same media that brought down the government of Egypt. Now inner-city youth are using this same media, but instead of toppling governments, they topple Macys, Neiman Marcus and Old Navy, and they steal IPads and IPhones from defenseless citizens.
The message from the flash mob to us is even more threatening than the mob itself. That message is, You cant control us! You dont scare us! Your police dont scare us! Your prisons dont scare us! We are mightier than you! We will take what you have because you have given us few other options in life for earning similar things. And most importantly, we will take your peace of mind. Just as we in our communities cannot ever feel secure, now neither can you! We are more afraid of continuing to live our lives as they are than we are of you locking us up. What do we have to lose? For once, we are more powerful than you!
Flash mobs are not new. In Black communities across America for the past 30 years, large groups of Black males have attacked others. In the past few years, jobless, desperate, hopeless youth have rioted in France, Greece, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Tunisia, and Egypt in efforts eerily similar to Americas flash mobs, but on a much larger scale and with politically clear motives and demands. These youth have taken over business districts, cities and countries and they have destroyed billions of dollars in property while toppling governments. The same root causes for these youth riots and disturbances in Europe and Northern Africa are producing similar actions, and possibly similar politically conscious attitudes, in the youth of Chicago, New York City, Charlotte, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and other American cities.
Politicians and the police are working under the false and dangerous assumption that hopelessness and despair can be policed. The police are out-numbered and out-maneuvered in this battle of minds, spirits, bodies and technology. Even as thirty-three flash mobbers were arrested in Chicago this past week, the communities in Chicago were producing a thousand more potential flash mobbers to replace them. When Black boys are not reading at grade level by the third grade, we are creating conditions for a flash mob. When Black teenagers cannot find meaningful work, we are creating conditions for a flash mob. When young Black boys do not have suitable role models and mentors, we are creating conditions for a flash mob.
The best way to deter a violent flash mob is to stop it from forming. The best time to stop it from forming is when the potential congregants are 2 and 3 years old, not when they are 16, 20 and 30 years old. The best weapons against flash mobs are jobs, not police with guns; education, not incarceration; and positive guidance and direction, not threats or curses. Can flash mobs be stopped? Absolutely. Is America working properly to stop them? Absolutely not.
Welcome to the year 2011 where ethics, sociology, economics, criminology, politics and technology cross! The flash mobbers are trying to tell us, You cant stop us, but with your help, we can stop ourselves!
The best way to deter this is take their government phones away. Also, stop paying stupid lazy people to breed. These people want to whine about no jobs for blacks youths while illegal immigrants are working. If these young people wanted to work, really wanted to work, we would not have the problem with millions of illegal immigrants. I'm sick of people, like Maxine Waters, screaming for the government to create jobs for blacks. Cut the bull! Most of these young blacks would not work tasting pies in a pie factory. They have all they need and want. They have; shelter, food, clothes, phone, sex, and the "fun" of harassing working people who pay for it all. Why would they want a job?
LOL! they're the very reason there's no security in their communities.
I don’t think we will see “Flash Mobs” in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jurisdiction anytime soon.
The only way to end this vicious cycle is to end the welfare state. Government checks replaced the necessity of a black father in these homes and left young black men to find their identity in a failed culture.
It’s not just a black thing either. The same thing is happening in other demographics. The common denominator is a lifestyle of welfare and entitlements removing the need for a provider in the house. Government is not a father figure. We should be horribly ashamed of how broken this system is. I am.
Many years as a project cop and my heart is broken for the children we have destroyed and will destroy to further the evil idea of welfare. It is absolute evil and these children are being destroyed by our governments refusal to acknowledge statistical fact.
This nation will spare no expense to save a child who has fallen into a deep hole. We celebrate the rescue of that child. Everyday, thousands of children are born in that hole and we don’t do anything. Why? This has nothing to do with race. I adopted a child and she is my child, not a minority, she is my daughter. I will raise her to be a great American just like my other children. I love her with my whole heart. Why can we not view these children the same way?
I am so sick and tired of being told that I don’t have a voice in this argument. Americans of all appearances have a voice in this argument. We owe it to these children to recognize that we enable government to continue this sickness! They are Americans.
The easiest thing to do is just stay silent because political correctness says we can’t talk about it. The easiest thing is for both sides to choose the easy way out and claim or promote racism. The left has screwed this country up so bad that we can’t even have an honest discussion anymore. The race charlatans and politicians in gerrymandered districts rely on this to maintain power.
It’s a multi-faceted problem but the main cause is government entitlements. We encourage the problem by providing a check that enslaves people. Unfortunately, there is little hope for many of these young men who have chosen a life of crime. It is too late for most of them.
The divine purpose of a man is to be a father and provider. These young men are not needed and we see the results. Look around, it’s not just happening in black communities. It’s not too late for the next generation but those who will step forward to try to break the cycle and help are powerless to do anything as long as people remain dependent on government.
We can’t fix this problem until we stop the checks. When young men are needed to support their families we will have taken the first effective step towards fixing this national sin.
I buy a box of buckshot every paycheck.
Many of my neighbors are “closet” gun owners.
I’d like to see these thugs come to my “hood”
They would leave well-ventilated and empty handed.
“Most of these young men are poor, desperate and hopeless.”
more like bored and fearless.
They do this because they are encouraged to do so by jerks.
Damn right it's predictable. But not for the reasons the author believes. It's a natural by-product of the LBJ's "Great Society" - the lib welfare state run wild.
politically conscious attitudes [among the mobbers]
lol. The only thing the flash gangstas are conscious of is how much fun they're having stealing from and beating whitey.
Even as thirty-three flash mobbers were arrested in Chicago this past week, the communities in Chicago were producing a thousand more potential flash mobbers to replace them.
Again, thanks to the welfare state. Jump pump 'em out and watch the money flow in. Creates an entitlement mindset that ALL flash mobbers possess.
The best way to deter a violent flash mob is to stop it from forming.
Nah, the way to do it is to allow it to form to get them all into one place, and then mow 'em down. If this riles more of them up, keep repeating the process. The trend should die quickly after that.
Dallas59, you know who else your comments remind me of? The Palestinians. They are the underclass of the Arab world, filled with hate and completely unable to do one constructive thing.
The only thing that will stop these flash mobs is to shoot 'em first when they come running toward you. And hope that Eric Holder & 0dumb0's racist Justice Dept is no longer in charge of Amerika's justice system.
I think there is a race war coming and it won't be pretty but it can be won if we fight back hard. The liberals by default will cower in fear and hope to placate & appease the very mobs that are trying to kill them. Maybe we should put the white, guilt-ridden liberals in the front lines....
It looks to me like the main problem here is a lack of morality on the MEN and WOMEN'S side of the issue. Black (and some of all races but mostly black) women seem to think nothing whatsoever of sleeping with their "man", using NO birth control and having their baby outside of wedlock. They do not think a THING is wrong with it, even the staunchest "Christians". Please don't get me wrong, I'm not a Bible-thumper, I just see things somewhat differently since I was raised in a Christian home & would never even considered doing that when I was young & single! Yes, times have changed, but it's no excuse to jump in the bed with any "Tom, Dick or Harry". IMO that's the main problem in black America.
well then.......... I've got news for them. You don't scare me, either. CCW, trained, disciplined and dare I say.... eager to meet a challenge.
In fact I'd encourage that overconfident attitude. I'll just be a meek,nobody...just walking along.
Don't come to my home, my place of business or my neighborhood. Cause you won't find a victim. You'll find a free man and there we'll be face to face.
I'm betting on me, cause you're already a loser, POS.
And just who's fault is all that? It certainly isn't the fault of white folks. We're not holding them back in school, or discouraging them from graduating high school or attending college. These young men have inculcated an attitude that says education isn't 'keeping it real', or it's a 'white thing'. Too many black people discourage their young people who truly would love to get ahead by calling them names, and saying they're not 'black enough', simply because they want to stay in school and make something of themselves
Until there is a black leader who is willing to stand up and tell black folks the TRUTH about the source of their problems, and somehow make them LISTEN, too many of them will simply continue to wallow in poverty.
You are completely awesome oldenuff2no; I’m joining your fan club! I am grateful for your service and wish I was your next door neighb out in the stix. Sacramento will be ugly when tshtf.
I will know type what I read on a Yahoo board. If you are easily offended, please look away from your monitor.
When you go Black, you're a single Mother.
Just a little humor O’Reilly. Don't get your panties in a bunch. There are Black FReepers you know, really. You never know Bill, I might be a Black FReeper as well.
I second your Post.
OMG - I will NOW type! I hate Spell Check!
“They are the underclass of the Arab world, filled with hate and completely unable to do one constructive thing.”
WRONG ! ! ! Wrong on two points, in particular.
First, for a minor typo - the more descriptive term is Palisimian, nor Palistinian.
A startling, and deeply depressing factoid is that the Palisimians are the best educated of the Arabs.
Yuppers, them things are better educated that the rest of MadMo’s followers in the Mid East.
I think you’re reading too much into the writer’s choice of words. Whenever people congregate (in my mind, other than church), they are congregants. In church, they form the congregation. I don’t believe he was conflating flash mobs with church attendance.
You think that's something, just wait until Obama loses in 2012.
CWII will officially begin.
I upgraded my daily carry peice after reading about flash mobs.
That's because they are educated by Israel, ironically
Take, give, ..... Until they learn to EARN, there will be no respect. Neither of property, or themselves.
This article is about why Obama can’t lead but the root of it is what’s important. Blacks have been taught that they CAN’T make any decisions by themselves, that they have to constantly depend on “the man”.
The black urban culture must have a transforming experience without the outside influence of government or it will destroy itself. (which will happen?)
someone tell this writer that if I could stay home and play with my fancy schmanzy phone and listen to music and hang out and do absolutely nothing except relax and enjoy, I might just do it....
okay, me too...I want stuff too.....for free....
Note the use of the passive voice early in the article.
As with all victims, they have been done wrong. No responsibility is taken and none is given them by the author of this silly article.
A human being, indeed even animals in the wild, must take 'active' control of their lives if they are to thrive.
These victims and their apologists are still looking for "Massa" to tell them what to do, to give them a task, to provide for them. They are hopeless because they refuse to have hope. They are jobless because they don't want to work. They despair because they are desperate for pity...and some of Obama's pie.
They are indeed pathetic!
Sometimes, the best outcome you can hope for is to die with your boots on, taking a bunch of the bastards down with you.
None of us get out of this world alive.
To summarize this, “Whitey, you need to throw more of your money into this social morass or we will just take it from you.”
Folks, it isn’t about reparations, it’s about revenge.
Once again blacks are not responsible for what they do.
This has been caused by the Democrat creation of a dependent society. It might be the most manifest among blacks, but the poorer whites are in the same category.
Over the years I've traveled to Honduras many times and I've seen truly poor people. I've seen poor women washing their family clothes in a river, I've seen poor 10 year old kids with their machete's walking to the sugar cane fields with their fathers at 5:00 in the morning and I've seen them walking home at the end of the long hot day.
I've seen the children of the field workers at their temporary housing during the cane harvest, playing soccer barefooted on rocky, weed over grown fields.......
I've never seen any flashmobs tho......
I’ve been saying that there is a Bernhard Goetz moment coming. This won’t end well for the flash mobbers.
Yep that’s rich.
Inner city schools have been dumbed down so that the chilren can make better grades. The taxpayers pay for their school and their free lunch. And with all those crutches, they keep decending in their academics.
Whitey’s fault? B S Squared. NO WHERE does this whiney puke mention the parents.
The parents are either ignoring the kids, leaving the schools to raise them or teaching them to work the system and excusing everything they do.
Back in the 1970’s there were boatloads of Vietnamese that came to our country. Poor? The American freeloaders cannot fathom how poor these people were. Ever try speaking their language? The boat people had to assimilate and fast. They came into the public schools, figured out the engrish language and proceeded to kick our collective asses in academics. Their kids now are the valdectorians in the high schools. They don’t riot, don’t complain. They just got to work.
These whiney punk parasites are just a bunch of feral humans raised that way by their feral human parents.
And yep, if they decide to do any of their wilding around here they will be met with superior firepower.
Deer rifles trump 9mm gang guns.
Disparity of force. Justification for equalization. Each member is responsible for the actions of the whole. Perform indicated response.
The flash mobbers are trying to tell us, You cant stop us, but with your help, we can stop ourselves!
Not seeing a lot of "please help me" verbal or body language in these incidents. None at all, in fact. Quite the contrary, even. Such behavior can, and will, be stopped; we know what the cost is - unlike the mobbers - and hesitate to go there, but soon we will.
If I get flashmobbed, I’m going down with notoriety.
I will hold one of the real close and scar them for life...finger nails to the face last forever.
They are sending a message and we need to respond in kind...I will maim you for life and their is the possibility that you could even die.
They have guns now.That is an error that our side makes in thinking that we are the only ones with guns. The other side has just as many guns,if not more, as we do.At this point in time, we are more profeicent in their use than they are, but that is subject to change as the police swing more to their side. How will they swing more to their side? By ignoring the other side’s actions and coming down hard on us when we have to defend ourselves. And as obama augments his personal army....er “well armed and funded security force”. They will concencerate, initially at least, in the urban and suburban areas.
Nor the decent areas of Florida.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. Likewise with humans. It all boils down to personal choice. I am not at fault for the path my neighbor chooses to take.
The democrats have been the architects, while the GOP establishment happily went along to get along and enrich themselves at the expense of the Republic. Plenty of blame to go around, and now it's up to the good people of this country to put things back in order and clean out the house./P>
Mat 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Mat 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
And in many cases those schools were run by fellow blacks for decades, so the whole “Whitey did this to them” thing REALLY doesn’t work. Well, it doesn’t work if you apply any logic at all to the situation, which clearly the Left doesn’t do.
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