Huge raceless riot in London
A week ago the first black flash mob attack took place in civil, restrained, serene, and oh-so-friendly-to-minorities Canada, suggesting that there are common patterns of black behavior that transcend borders. And yesterday there was a devastating black riot in Britain, in a part of London called Tottenham:
Riot blaze: North London in flames as police cars, bus and shops burn over police shooting of ‘gangster’The Daily Mail has full coverage, including astounding photos of the street scene and of a block-sized building being destroyed by fire. Of course the Mail doesn’t say it was a black riot. The only way you can know for sure that the riot had anything to do with race is from the photo of a man named Mark Duggan, whose death at the hands of police set off the riot. It’s the usual script that we know so well in this country. Police are dealing with some violent Negro criminal, and are forced to kill him, and the black community rises up in violence.
But wait. I saw the photo of Duggan in the article last night. The article was updated early this morning U.S. time, and it no longer has that photo. [Update, 9:24 a.m.: yet a later update of the article restores the photo of Duggan that was dropped.] It also no longer has two or three photos of people in the street which gave the impression (not the certainty) that the rioters were black.
The word black only appears once in the updated article:
Officers from Trident, the police unit that deals with gun crime in the black community, had been attempting to arrest Mr Duggan when Thursday’s shooting took place.That’s the way today’s media deal with nonwhite crime. They don’t come out and say that a riot by blacks was a riot by blacks. They give some indirect hint like the above.
The story gives a couple of other hints, such as this statement from Scotland Yard:
‘We are aware of raised tensions in the community, which are understandable following the tragic death of Mark Duggan.’“Raised tensions in the community” is a strong indication that this is about blacks, though it’s not dispositive.
Then there’s this:
So far police have made 42 arrests in connection with the trouble, which flared after members of the community took to the streets last night to demand ‘justice’, after Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police on Thursday.“Members of the community” demanding “justice”? That’s almost sure-fire code language for blacks.
Here’s another hint:
More than 100 officers and specialist riot police faced crowds of more than 500 people protesting about the death of Mr Duggan, who lived on the estate and was described last week by police sources as a ‘gangster’.“Gangster” meaning he belonged to a gang. Another almost sure-fire hint that he’s black. But still not dispositive.
But then there’s something that is dispositive:
The picture shows the extent of the looting that took place with this shop stripped bare of TVs.
Further, the black rioters didn’t just burn building and loot stores, they attacked police (26 officers were injured), and they attacked civilians, who were most likely white:
Meanwhile, two Mail on Sunday photographers were viciously beaten and robbed by masked youths armed with crowbars and other makeshift weapons and reporters on the scene were threatened by looters in balaclavas [a form of cloth headgear that covers the whole head, exposing only part of the face].The Telegraph’s story on the riot also avoids any direct indication of the rioters’ race. Exactly like the Daily Mail, it prints the word “black” just once, in an indirect hint that this was a black riot:
Officers had been attempting to carry out an arrest under the Trident operational command unit, which deals with gun crime in the black community, according to the IPCC.(A reader in England reminds me that the “h” in Tottenham is silent, the last syllable unstressed.)
UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: Well, this is strange. The Daily Mail article has been updated again (at 1:56 p.m. Greenwich time) and now it includes more pictures of the riots and the destruction, plus the picture of Mark Duggan that appeared in the original article last night and was removed from an earlier update today:
Victim: Mark Duggan, shot by police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham
Check out this at EU Referendum:Julian C. writes:
I see that there has been a black flash mob protest in London following the shooting of a man by police from the Operation Trident unit. I just looked up Operation Trident and see it is a Metropolitan Police Service unit set up to deal with gun crime in the UK black community.Dean Ericson writes:
I sent in the following comment to the Daily Mail but they declined to publish it, can you believe that? ;-)LA replies:
I can’t imagine why the Mail didn’t post this. It seems so reasonable and restrained.Philip M. writes from England:
Not everyone is as naive as us Brits about the vibrant community atmosphere around Tottenham.The Mail article added:
A spokesman for Kick it Out—part of the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign—said: “We would advise Mr Pavlyuchenko to ignore the so-called advice from Rebrov. Rebrov is so unbelievably out of step with modern Britain that his comments are unbelievable. Mr Pavlyuchevnko will find London a warm and welcoming multicultural city.”A reader writes from Southern California:
I would like to think that this riot and the one in Milwaukee will have a salutary effect on white attitudes towards blacks. Because of sports I spent a lot of time when I was growing up in South Central L.A. (it was purely black then but now is half-Hispanic) and saw the Great American Negro unrestrained in his native habitat. I learned quickly that whites who had the least contact with blacks were the ones who thought most highly of them and those like me who had regular contact, not with an anomalous few, but with your garden-variety black, understood the reality of racial differences. My experience made it clear to me that the old saw, “Once you get to know them you will realize that our differences are only skin deep,” had it exactly inverted. I quickly learned that the least of our differences were skin color and that the more I knew of them the less I wanted them around me or even in my country. Meanwhile, people who had zero contact with blacks back in the Fifties in Wisconsin or England gushed about how wonderful Negroes were and how our bad opinions of them were a matter of prejudice. I told those people, including one of my brothers-in-law who had grown up in England, that I hadn’t pre-judged Negroes but, quite the opposite, my opinions came from years of regular contact with them in the heart of South Central L.A.—or deepest, darkest Africa as we called it.LA replies:
In other words, your opinions were not based on prejudice, but on post-judice.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 07, 2011 07:47 AM | Send