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Chattanooga's crackdown on violent crime is compared to 'slave roundup'

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A report by Colin Flaherty published on World Net Daily this morning may help explain why the issue of violent crime in the black community is not being addressed, and is in fact worsening. Flaherty's report on recent arrests in Chattanooga, TN details the backlash from the black community after the arrests of 32 black men, described by police as "the worst of the worst" criminals in Chattanooga. Black leaders in the city have compared the arrests to "slave roundups."

Chattanooga police wanted to clean up what is one of the most dangerous cities in America. The arrests demonstrated that the "most violent crime comes from a very small pocket" of people. According to Flaherty's report, authorities wanted to send a message to those criminals: Stop, move, or get arrested.

It all began when a local newspaper, the "Times Free Press," began pressuring local officials to do something about the rampant crime in the city of 176,000. The paper began publishing a series on the rising problem of black mob violence in Chattanooga, and the denials that it was even an issue, called "Speak No Evil."

As in many cities with similar crime problems, pointing out the source of the violence was met with cries of bigotry. Nevermind that it is impossible to combat a problem if you can't even discuss it in an open, honest manner. Forget that those who are harmed the most by the violence are the very same people who scream racism when the problem is addressed.

Two weeks after the arrests the paper organized a public forum designed to "convince residents in high-crime neighborhoods to give up the code of silence and start calling police when they see a crime." Around 200 residents showed up for the meeting, most of them black. The paper reported that the forum:

"quickly turned into a diatribe about prejudice and racism in Chattanooga. A number of comments revealed a strong belief that the black community has been treated unfairly by whites. Several speakers referred specifically to the November arrest of 32 black men that police called the ‘worst of the worst’ criminals in Chattanooga."

“‘Don’t just single out our kids,’ one black man said, speaking into the microphone. ‘Are they the only ones that commit crime?’ he asked to cheers and hollers.”

Members of a group known as Concerned Citizens for Justice claim that "white racism" is behind the poverty and injustice that creates so much violent crime. The group says that white people often commit similar crimes, but the police ignore them.

Flaherty's report says members of the group who packed the meeting refused to acknowledge the newspaper’s facts:

“Of the 122 shooting victims in Chattanooga from Jan. 1 through Nov. 21 of this year, 114 were black, six were white and two were Hispanic, according to figures provided by police. Of the 63 known suspects, only one was white.”

Facts are racist too it seems. The "Times Free Press" reported that “Kevin Muhammad, a Nation of Islam youth worker, said the white community also has a code of silence. He also compared the High Point Initiative to the days when police would round up slaves. When he did, much of the crowd cheered.”

Flaherty also points out that the "CCJ posted comments live from the forum at is FaceBook page: 'CCJ member, Janelle Jackson, bringing up the history of ‘no snitch culture’ and that race is a part of this conversation because we know that regardless of what has been told to us, the ‘worst of the worst’ in this city are NOT 32 black men.'"

The reaction from black residents in Chattanooga is very similar to those in other cities around the country who have tried to combat the problem of black mob violence. In every instance city officials have been accused of racism. Flaherty reports that in Kansas City, Mo. earlier this year, "after three years of regular and frequent and often intense black mob violence, much of it centered at upscale County Club Plaza and created by as many as 1,000 black people, the city council imposed a curfew."

In April, a councilman complained that all of the 34 people cited for curfew violations were black. “The data is the data,” city councilman Jermaine Reed told KMBC news. “That’s what I’m looking at. We’ve got to be honest and have an honest conversation. Say, ‘Here’s what it says and have an honest conversation, as well.’”

The report from Flaherty also quotes Congressman (and former mayor) Emanuel Cleaver, who Flaherty says "got about as honest as it gets: When reporters asked what he thought about the curfew he tried to warn the council away: 'All we are going to do is make a lot of black kids angry and they are going to take out their anger somewhere else.'”

"Despite widespread reports of black mob violence documented in 'White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,' Flaherty writes, "more and more black media and black elected officials are saying it is not their fault."

Flaherty points to similar responses from black leaders in other cities:

"The Atlanta Black Star published an article in December that denied that black mob violence was out of proportion, but nevertheless gave “5 Reasons Young Black Men Resort To Violence,' he writes."

"The brutal treatment of Black people continued well after slavery legally ended, through the days of Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and, to a certain extent today. The trauma caused by this psychological brutality resulted in severe damage to the mind of the victims, which manifested as an identity crisis, self hate, low self worth, and a distrust of the world at large. This mentality has been passed down through generations."

"In Wilmington, Del. – another city even ahead of Chattanooga on the many “most dangerous” lists – had similar push back: Councilwoman Hanifa H. G. Shabazz said the hyper violence in Wilmington is a remnant of slavery and is causing mental illness, causing black people to become self-destructive. She said she came to that realization after watching the movie 12 Years of Slavery."

Unless and until the black community recognizes and admits the problem, it will only get worse. Unfortunately there is no indication that is even close to happening. Everywhere black mob violence is an issue, black leaders continue to blame the problem on white racism.

As the saying goes, there are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

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