20-year-old Joshua Proutey, who was shot for being white by a gang of four blacks who were out targeting white people who were “bound to have money” – as you reported in your story on this for WND.com.
Tell us what happened.
Flaherty: Four black people in Wilmington, North Carolina needed money for marijuana and traveling. So they set out to get it by robbing white people. They tried to break into a house, but were seen, so they fled. They stalked a woman through downtown Wilmington, but she escaped. Finally they came upon a 20-year-old college kid named Joshua. They took his money, cell phone and sandwich. Then he asked them to only take his money and not his ID because he explained to them it was hard to replace. Then they shot and killed him. The reason I wrote about this for WND.com and for my book, is not that it is special, but because racial violence is increasingly common and most media ignore it.
FP: What do you mean it is not “special”?
Flaherty: Racial mob violence and lawlessness ignored by the media and downplayed by the police is now so common I could write a story about it every day.
My backlog is enormous. There have been recent examples of black mob violence and lawlessness in Norfolk, Los Angeles, Tacoma, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Haven, Gaithersburg, England, Ireland, Canada, Baltimore, Phoenix. We have black mob violence against gays, women, Asians, and on and on and on. These are all in addition to more than 400 cases I have already reported from 80 cities around the country.
Flaherty: The most dangerous thing liberals do to encourage black mob violence is create a sense of victimization: That somehow people are somehow entitled to commit violence because they are members of an oppressed, protected group. That of course is the actual language of affirmative action: Some people belong to protected minority groups.
In this case, one of the killers from behind bars said he did not like being stereotyped as a tough guy. The fact that even an admitted 17-year old killer from behind bars uses this language of victimization is indicative of how widespread this attitude is.
Many look at black mob violence and other high rates of black crime and explain it away, saying it is not surprising because of 400 years of oppression. So they switch it around: The predator becomes victim. And the victim is predator. I see this all the time, from police, reporters, ministers, community leaders, you name it. To point this out is to risk being labeled a racist. So many do not.
When the President intervened in the case of Henry “Skip” Gates and Harvard (remember the beer summit?) and the Trayvon Martin case, he may have contributed to that feeling of victimization.
FP: Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? How come we are not hearing from them about this murder of Joshua? They are against racism aren’t they?
Flaherty: Many black leaders scorn those who pay attention to this black mob violence — often directed at white people — because they say violence and lawlessness has been an every day fact of life in black neighborhoods for a long time. It is only now that it is seeping out of these neighborhoods and into other places that white people are paying attention, they say. Lots of examples of that in the book. Jackson, Sharpton and others, of course, like to say that black people are not capable of racism. They are the victims of it.
But White Girl Bleed a Lot is not about explanations or solutions. The contribution of White Girl Bleed a Lot is to catalogue this epidemic and say: “This is happening and you cannot deny it any longer.”