Today the Drudge Report highlighted a report in the Peoria Chronicle.
Tonight, around 11 p.m., a group of at least 60-70 African American youth marched down one of the side streets (W. Thrush) to the 4 lane main drag (Sheridan). They were yelling threats to white residents. Things such as we need to kill alll the white people around here. They were physically intimidating anyone calling for help from the police. They were surrounding cars. Cars on the main drag had to slam on their brakes to either avoid the youth blocking not only all four lanes, but a large section of the side street as well. fights were breaking out among them. They were rushing residents who looked out their doors, going on to porches, yelling threats to people calling the police for help.
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Residents are very shaken, both black and white alike. This is the fifth large mob action in about a month with smaller groups of 10-12 are out threatening children and adults a few evenings a week or later into the night. The times vary, even occuring during the day. In talking to the police officer, they are short staffed. Residents were advised to simply keep inside and to lock their doors. In other words buckle down, it’s not even safe to sit on your porch or go into your yards.
There's more at the link (which is to a cached copy of the page, as the original Web site was overwhelmed by people trying to read the article).
Note that the report specifically identifies the race of the offenders . . . which is almost certainly why it's not been more widely reported in in the mainstream media. "Political correctness, you know . . . we can't go around reporting that people of one race are behaving like this - unless they're White, of course, in which case it's raaaaaaa-cism!!!"
Why aren't the Peoria police doing something about this? The answer's simple. If they did:
- they'd be pilloried in the media and by politicians as a racist police force;
- Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other hatemongers would descend on Peoria like the biblical plagues (only worse);
- and the Obama administration would despatch a Justice Department team to investigate allegations of civil rights abuses against the African-American residents of Peoria.
If you don't think any and all of those things would happen, you're living in cloud cuckoo land. That's the reality of 'political correctness' in our land today.
Trouble is, the perpetrators know better than to try their shenanigans anywhere except those enclaves where they've bullied officials into turning a blind eye to their conduct. If they did so where I live, residents would 'take care of business' for themselves. You think you're going to threaten us with impunity? Charge at us when we're standing on our porches? You might want to reconsider your decision, son . . . before it's too late. (And if Jesse Jackson and/or Al Sharpton were to appear around these parts, almost everyone - black and white alike - would be describing the situation as a 'target-rich environment'!)
Problem is, in less self-sufficient states, when thugs like this take over previously 'good' neighborhoods, the decent people who live there have three choices. They can resist; they can move out; or they can shut up and accept the situation. If the police won't maintain order, and won't back up the residents when they try to do so, that takes away the first choice. Most of the good people will move out, one way or the other. Sooner or later, you'll be left with a neighborhood filled only with low-lifes, and those few good people who can't afford to leave. It becomes a blight on the entire city . . . all because the cops wouldn't stop such offenders in their tracks.
This is what happened to New Orleans, and is why the post-Hurricane Katrina situation there was so dire. You had entire neighborhoods depending on government handouts to survive; crime rampant in the streets (and in the police department, too); and in the absence of law and order, the mob ruled. I wrote about this at the time.
Feedback from my contacts in the Louisiana State Police (LSP) and other agencies is very worrying. They keep harping on the fact that the "underclass" that's doing all the looting is almost exclusively Black and inner-city in composition. The remarks they're reporting include such statements as "I'm entitled to this stuff!", "This is payback time for all Whitey's done to us", and "This is reparations for slavery!". Also, they're blaming the present confused disaster-relief situation on racism. "Fo sho, if Whitey wuz sittin' here in tha Dome waitin' for help, no way would he be waitin' like we is!" No, I'm not making up these comments... they are as reported by my law enforcement buddies.
This worries me very much. If we have such a divide in consciousness among our city residents, then when we hit a SHTF situation, we're likely to be accused of racism, paternalism, oppression, and all sorts of other crimes just because we want to preserve law and order. If we, as individuals and families, provide for our own needs in emergency, and won't share with others (whether they're of another race or not) because we don't have enough to go round, we're likely to be accused of racism rather than pragmatism, and taking things from us can (and probably will) be justified as "Whitey getting his just desserts". I'm absolutely not a racist, but the racial implications of the present situation are of great concern to me. The likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the "reparations for slavery" brigade appear to have so polarized inner-city opinion that these folks are (IMHO) no longer capable of rational thought concerning such issues as looting, disaster relief, etc.
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People who were prepared were frequently mobbed/threatened by those who weren't. This was reported in at least seven incidents, five in Mississippi, two in Louisiana (I suspect that the relative lack of Louisiana incidents was because most of those with any sense got out of Dodge before the storm hit). In each case, the person/family concerned had made preparations for disaster, with supplies, shelter, etc. in good order and ready to go. Several had generators ready and waiting. However, their neighbors who had not prepared all came running after the disaster, wanting food, water and shelter from them. When the prepared families refused, on the grounds that they had very little, and that only enough for themselves, there were many incidents of aggression, attempted assault, and theft of their supplies. Some had to use weapons to deter attack, and in some cases, shots were fired. I understand that in two incidents, attackers and/or would-be thieves were shot. It's also reported that in all of these cases, the prepared families now face threats of retribution from their neighbors, who regarded their refusal to share as an act of selfishness and/or aggression, and are now threatening retaliation. It's reportedly so bad that most of the prepared families are considering moving to other neighborhoods, so as to start afresh, with different neighbors.
Similar incidents are reported by families who got out in time, prepared to spend several days on their own. When they stopped to eat a picnic meal at a rest stop, or an isolated spot along the highway, they report being approached rather aggressively by others wanting food, or fuel, or other essentials. Sometimes they had to be rather aggressive in their turn to deter these insistent requests. Two families report attempts being made to steal their belongings (in one case, their vehicle) while overnighting in camp stops on their way out of the area. They both instituted armed patrols, with one or more family members patrolling while the others slept, to prevent this.
There are many other 'lessons learned' at the link. I was there, and I'm here to tell you, it was even worse than contemporary reports would have you believe. Furthermore, the troublemakers were almost exclusively from one racial group. I'm not racist in the least - I'm simply stating the facts. However, news reports seldom, if ever, mentioned all the facts. To this day, the 'race factor' has been 'whitewashed' (you should pardon the expression) out of the history books.
You'll understand, then, why this report from Peoria worries me. Is that city - or, at least, some of its neighborhoods - sinking into a similar turgid soup of interracial hatred? For the sake of its good citizens, I hope not.
I hope the police force establish control there. Soon. Before it's too late.