By Colin FlahertyWorthReading
If Chaim Amalek had his way, no one would know that mobs of black people are attacking and beating and robbing Jews in the New York area.
Or that they shout anti-Semitic epithets.
Or that they target Jews because â€œthey donâ€™t fight back.â€
â€œSuch information can only serve to heighten racial tensions between these two groups,â€ said Amalek, an alias for New York video blogger Luke Ford. â€œLet us all look beyond the issue of race (in any event a mere social construct) and instead celebrate our diversity.â€
In this case, the New York Post saw a pattern that most other media outlets never see. To some, it was jarring.
â€œAnti-Jewish crime wave,â€ read the June headline about a series of recent anti-Semitic attacks. â€œIn the most disturbing incident, a mob of six black teenagers shouting, â€˜Dirty Jew!â€™ and â€˜Dirty kike!â€™ repeatedly bashed Marc Heinberg, 61, as he walked home from temple in Sheepshead Bay (in June.)â€
This is one of several black mob attacks on â€“ and robberies of â€“ Jewish people in Brooklyn over the last two years, leaving broken bones and life-threatening injuries in their wake.
The assaults are part of a larger pattern in the New York area and around the country: Black mobs assaulting, robbing, destroying property and creating mayhem â€“ hundreds of times in more than 60 cities.
Orthodox Jews may bear a disproportionate amount of the violence in New York. But the lawlessness that black mobs inflict throughout the area is not limited to Jews. Much of it is on YouTube.
In February, four black people beat and robbed an Orthodox Jew in the New York suburb of Monsey. They were charged with hate crimes after it was determined they targeted the victim based on his religion. News accounts do not mention the race of the attackers, but the picture tells the story.
In a three-week period after Thanksgiving 2010, the same group of black people was charged in three separate episodes of targeting, beating and robbing members of the Orthodox community. One of the victims, Joel Weinberger, spent four days in the hospital with broken bones and required 10 hours of surgery on his broken jaw and eye socket.
Ford and others, such as MSNBC news anchor Melissa Harris-Perry, say the media should not report news if it makes black people look bad. But most racial crimes and violence from black mobs in the New York area are usually not reported â€“ not by the mainstream media anyway.
Witnesses and others who know often find a way to drop a dime, or a video or Internet posting.
Just a few days before the Heinberg beating, a group of students from a predominately black school in a predominantly black neighborhood in Brooklyn were â€œevictedâ€ from the 9/11 Memorial site in Manhattan â€œafter they callously hurled trash into its fountains. The vile vandals from Junior High School 292 in East New York treated the solemn memorial â€“ its reflecting pools honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks â€“ like a garbage dump.â€
One of the students was found carrying ammunition.
The story did not identify the race of the students. The picture for the article featured a young white person looking over the fountains. But people who posted comments to the story, many of whom said they lived near the school, identified the vandals as black â€“ if only to defend them.
â€œThe NYPD have destroyed enough young black lives,â€ wrote poster Blaque Knyte. â€œIâ€™d be willing to bet you didnâ€™t suggest jail for the little white suburban thugs who harassed that elderly bus matron to tears, which IS a crime by the way.â€
Many of the commenters said the story should have identified the race of the miscreants â€“ if only to protect the community from future mayhem. That was too much for â€œbrooklynborn,â€ who said, â€œI am embarrassed for my fellow Americans who flaunt their racism so publicly. What they did was offensive, but the conditions of where we grew up â€“ compared to the wealth of Wall St. â€“ is also offensive.â€
While New Yorkers continue to debate whether race has anything to do with crime, or whether it should be reported, the list of racially violent and lawless episodes continues to grow.
On May 12, black women taunted two teenage girls on a subway before â€œhaulingâ€ the girls off the subway, beating them and stealing one of their phones.
The local NBC affiliate did not disclose the race of the mob, but it didnâ€™t have to: The attack was videotaped and posted on YouTube.
On Staten Island in December, two police officers were hurt trying to control a mob of 50 black people attacking a single family home. Firefighters finally disbursed the crowd with fire hoses to get them away from the officers.
Several pictures and videos show some of the action.
Last June, hundreds of black people rioted on Brighton Beach in an annual event called Brooklyn-Queens Day. Four people were shot and one killed. Much of it was posted on YouTube.
According to the New York Post: â€œThe shootings didnâ€™t surprise neighbors, whoâ€™ve gotten used to trouble on previous Brooklyn-Queens Days.â€
â€œThese kids come not to swim, they come for turf fights,â€ said Pat Singer, president of the Brighton Beach Neighborhood Association. â€œItâ€™s a problem every year. Itâ€™s really hard on the businesses. All day long, all you see are hundreds of teenagers. Of course youâ€™re going to have problems.â€
In May of 2011, more than two dozen black people on a â€œrampage â€¦ terrorizedâ€ a Dunkin Donuts. The â€œswarm mobâ€ attacked patrons, destroyed the fixtures and stole food, reported the Daily Mail,which published the story with pictures.
A few months before, the same scenario unfolded at a New York Wendyâ€™s. A mob of black people were fighting and destroying property, and a teenage employee was attacked and hospitalized with a concussion.
Also like the episode before, the New York Fox affiliate removed the videos of the attack from its website â€“ but not before Hip Hop New 24-7 posted it.
This is a long list. New York is a big city.
Last summer, a Bronx man said he was taunted for being white and beaten by a black mob on a subway. No charges were filed, and police refused to list it as a hate crime.
In June of last year, 11 black people were arrested for rioting, fighting and mayhem outside of a Long Island emergency room.
On Memorial Day 2011, hundreds of black people created a â€œriotâ€ in Long Beach at Nassau County. The local Fox affiliate removed its video coverage from its website, but witnesses to the event posting on the Long Island Patch said lawless behavior from mobs of black people was a regular feature of life at that beach town.
â€œI was fortunate enough to witness both incidents,â€ said Kevin Spelman in Patch. â€œThe one on Friday (senior cut day) and the one yesterday. I would classify the people I saw over the weekend leaving garbage and vandalism in their wake as â€˜unsupervised, poorly raised teenagersâ€™! The group involved in the riot was overwhelmingly black. But to your point, does that mean all black youth are troublemakers? I watched two white kids vandalizing one of the benches on the boardwalk.â€
Less than a year before, five black men were arrested and two police officers were hurt after another riot at that beach town. The police had chased a suspect into a Long Beach house, where he refused to leave.
According to the Long Island Press: â€When the door was finally opened, the two other suspects attacked the officer, a large crowd gathered and a melee ensued. â€˜Many members of the crowd began participating in the melee, cursing at, kicking and punching the police officers at the scene,â€™ police said.â€
Near New York last summer, David Strucinski of Northern New Jersey came to the aid of his friend who was under attack by a group of 13 black people. He was â€œsavagelyâ€ beaten and hospitalized with a coma and remained in critical condition. Nine black people were arrested, including the mother of one suspect who was trying to smuggle him out of the area in the trunk of her car.