Monday, April 23, 2012
Book Review - White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Race Riots to America and How the Media Ignore Them
Race riots are back.
Along with widespread racial crime and violence.
In hundreds of episodes in more than 50 cities since 2010, groups of black people are roaming the streets of America -- assaulting, intimidating, stalking, threatening, vandalizing, stealing, shooting, stabbing, even raping and killing.
They go by different names: Flash mobs, flash robs, or as one social worker put it: Kids just "blowing off steam."
But local media and public officials are silent. Crime is color blind, says a Milwaukee police chief. Race is not important, a Chicago newspaper editor says.
That denies the obvious: America is the most race conscious society in the world.
We learn that every day from black caucuses, black teachers, black unions, black ministers, black colleges, black high schools, black music, black moguls, black hair business owners, black public employees, black art, black names, black poets, black inventors, black soldiers.
Everything except black violent crime. That is Taboo.
Result: Few know about it. Fewer still are talking about it.
The list of cities under attack is long and getting longer -- with some cities suffering dozens
of attacks in the last year alone:
Almost as astonishing is the willingness of people in authority and in the media to deny it. Ignore it. Explain it away. Even condone and lie about it.
In Chicago, after weeks of racial violence where the newspapers refused to mention the crime was almost exclusively black gangs on individual whites, the Superintendent of the Police said he knew what was causing the violence: Sarah Palin.
A member of Congress from Chicago, Bobby Rush, said black violence in Chicago was routine and the only reason anyone was paying attention to the race riots in downtown Chicago was because it was it was black on white violence. This is a theme heard in Rochester, Washington, D.C., and dozens of other places: ‘What’s the big deal? This has been happening a long time in black neighborhoods.’
Congressman Rush is probably right. Which means this problem is hundreds of times worse than we think.
More Information can be found at - http://www.whitegirlbleedalot.com/
About the Author
Colin Flaherty is an award winning writer whose work has been published in more than 1000 places around the globe, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, Time magazine, and others.
He is a former speech writer for the former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is also the author of “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America.”
And Redwood to Deadwood, a 53-year old dude hitchhikes across America. Again.
As a reporter, he won more than 40 journalism awards, including Best Investigative from the Society of Professional Journalists in San Diego for a story that resulted in the release of an unjustly convicted black man from prison. This case was also featured on Court TV, the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets.
He lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where he (along with his liberal brother ) hosts a talk show on WDEL radio.
My Take on the Book
This was a powerful book that was filled with amazing facts and tied in many current events that will make you rethink the state of race relations in America today. The book is not an easy read, but it was an amazing one that opened my eyes and made me think about America in a different way. The book was well written, and definitely challenges the assumptions that you may inherently have. This was a great book that all should read!
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