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This post is from last year. It was the last thing I wrote before I moved to UnamusementPark.com. My site redirect just expired, so please bookmark and/or subscribe to the new website, where you will find our brand new Fourth of July coverage.

Since late last night (July 4), another unremarkable story with no race angle at all has been floating around the Internet. The Baltimore Sun has one of the earliest reports: “Man stabbed to death, child shot in Inner Harbor after fireworks.”

Violence erupted in separate locations of the Inner Harbor Monday night despite a heavy police presence for the holiday, with a child shot in the leg and a man fatally stabbed shortly after the fireworks ended.

Earlier in the day, a man in his 20s was shot twice inside a parking garage around 2 a.m. after a long-running feud was reignited. He survived the attack.

This violence was “a significant disappointment” for Baltimore police, whose “elaborate July Fourth safety plan… involved several hundred state and city officers patrolling Baltimore’s streets, monitoring surveillance cameras and tracking one another via GPS signals.” In fact, Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was so confident in his planning,

[he] held a news conference Monday evening to quell fears that the downtown area was dangerous, telling reporters that arrests were imminent in the morning incident and that he believed there were “sufficient resources” in place to secure the Inner Harbor for the Independence Day celebration.

Oops.

The story does not mention race, so for example, the stabbing victim was an “adult male,” who got into a confrontation with a “group of individuals”; two more “individuals” fell into the water and were rescued by the BPD Marine Unit; “several juveniles” were arrested for carrying knives; and police enforced the curfew by clearing “young people” off the streets after 11 pm.

Tonight (July 5), WRBL News reports that “a photo of the suspect in the killing was taken by cellphone” and “city officials were hoping to quickly capture the suspect,” yet the photo is neither shown nor described. In particular, the story does not mention race. The Baltimore Business Journal is similarly uninformative.

The Baltimore Sun’s follow-up includes a video in which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (who is black) condemns “these people who engage in these terrible and senseless acts of violence” as cowards whose behavior will not be tolerated. Neither the story nor the video mentions race. However, the video does briefly display a photo of the suspect. WBAL has more photos (below), plus a video of a large number of African Americans “celebrating” the Fourth of July in a not-unthreatening manner.

Suspected of stabbing a man to death with a broken bottle on the Fourth of July. Source: WBAL.

One witness reports a “moving mob” (or something kind of like it).

Jean Holzhueter, who lives within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, has attended the New Year’s and Independence Day fireworks for many years, but she said that Monday was the first time she felt unsafe during the festivities. … “It was kind of like a moving mob,” Holzhueter said. Although police responded quickly, she said, Holzhueter was afraid she would be pushed into the water by the expanding crowd. “It was just scary how fast it grew.”

Fortunately, a man who gets paid to make Baltimore look good sets us straight.

Added Bill Gilmore of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts: “You need to march along. You can’t let an incident like this deter your Independence Day celebrations. You can’t let the actions of a few people affect the good work and entertainment of the public at large.”

Reporting is sooooo much work

Let us apply our usual racist trick: search Twitter for “harbor, black” and other interesting combinations of words (e.g. “somebody got stabbed at the harbor”) to see what the mainstream media could not be bothered to report.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of relevant tweets I found from the night in question, not including re-tweets. I’ll keep it simple: name, race, time, and tweet. Notice how early people (well, black people) detected trouble (from black people). For comparison, the stabbing occurred shortly after 10 pm (ABC2) and first aired on the 11 pm news.

  • _ViolaLoves, black, 8:57 pm: “At the harbor too many black ppl lls”
  • dbeats11, black, 9:24 pm: “Never again will I bring my black ass down the harbor on 4th of july”
  • TeamWonnyBitch, black, 10:02 pm: “Dannng! Black ppl never cant do/get nothing right… On my way up the Harbor turning all the way around because they shut it down. *Shrugs”
  • Marleyy_, black, 10:03 pm: “Shit got wild down da harbor black people is wild cant have alotta dem inda same place
  • AyyLera, black, 10:06 pm: “The harbor is a coon fest…what is with this black mob stuff its crazy.”
  • OozieBangz, black, 10:10 pm: “Damn, Somebody Got Stabbed At The Harbor Already ?! Smh [Shaking my head] Black People <<<"
  • Duh_Toy, black, 10:13 pm: “Somebody got stabbed at the innor harbor! #notsuprised
  • dozens of tweets (and retweets) almost identical to Duh_Toy’s, all by black people, such as TinyyTerror at 10:23 pm: “So somebody got stabbed at the harbor? Idk [I don’t know] why people acting so surprised.
  • x__JuicyShaa, black, 10:23 pm: “Wow someone got stabbed at the harbor , too many black ppl there at once .”
  • _SunnyMonroee, black, 10:25 pm: “somebody got stabbed at the Harbor , we cant have NO type of fun nowadays without someone dying
  • bubblecheekz614, black, 10:26 pm: “Seen 6 fights so far at the harbor wtf is wrong with black people
  • Scuda3, black, 10:29 pm: “I hate black people dey dont never know how to get along ppl tryna have a good time at the harbor and you wanna jump and stab dem #smh”
  • JetTrippyMane, black, 10:35 pm: “kill somebody got stabbed and shot at the Harbor tho….lol NIGGAS smh
  • LoveIsDeadXo, black, 10:40 pm: “That’s so fckn sad , ppl getting shot up & stabed at the harbor that’s the result of too many black ppl in a restricted area -______-“
  • MallyRe, black, 10:57 pm: “You cant do SHIT with black people young… niggaz gettin stabbed at the harbor and shit”
  • FreedomWars, black, 10:58 pm: “Somebody Got Stabbed At The Harbor -____- Black People ! Smh”
  • Yeahh_ItsMia, black, 10:58 pm (right on time for the 11 o’clock news): “@_LoveeBuqq its on the newss . . And someotha people got shot and stabbed black people for you
  • Kyraa_Sasha (black), 10:59 pm: “See First The Zoo,Then The Carribean Festival,& Now The Harbor. Why Y’all Black Kids Gotta Be So Ignorant! Smhh” (re-tweeted by 14 other black people, mostly women)
  • LoveMee_HateMe, black, 11:01 pm : “Heard shit went down , down the Harbor . smfh Thats exaclty why iStayed my black ass here in BelAir . Shiiddd”
  • YouWitTheFace, black, 11:02 pm: “I’m LMAO At My TL Because Every Year Somebody Got Beat Up Or Stabbed Down The Harbor For Like 5 Years In A Row.”
  • inked_skin_tone, black, 11:02 pm: “Smfh I knew a damn 4 year old shoot wtf #black people don’t know how to act
  • Weeenta, black, 11:04 pm: “Woah buddddy. There is black people everywhere at the harbor!”
  • ForeverrSimone, black, 11:26 pm: “ah 4 yr old boy got shot & somebody was severly stabbed at the harbor ? this is fucking ridiculous ! i hateeee black people ,” (immediately re-tweeted by three other black women)
  • NaeJackCity, black, 11:34 pm: “Yo its still hella niggas dwn the harbor !”
  • PieVSTheWorld, black, 11:34 pm: “Somebody got stabbed n killed, someone else shot, and my SON was down there smh. Baltimore can’t have shit w/o niggers fuckin it up
  • therealMikeyLo, black, 11:36 pm: “niggas got stabbed to death and a 4 year old got shot and killed down da harbor ! #shitreal”
  • meechie222, black, 11:37 pm: “@_Veeeeeee check fb [Facebook] about alll the “black ppl” saying yea I was holding my own down the harbor ..fightin and all dat stuff”
  • IKeepAMistress, black, 12:14 am: “I see why white people think so low of blacks. Like seriously black people can’t just go to a nice place like the harbor and act right”

There are hundreds more like this from the same night, all saying basically the same thing:

  1. the Inner Harbor was full of black people last night
  2. the black people started fighting, one of them stabbed someone to death, and one of them shot a child
  3. point 2 is disappointing, but not surprising, given point 1

In a way, this is good news. Many ordinary black people — unlike their leaders and unlike most white people — are willing to say what we should all be thinking: black people, compared to white people, are innately violent and criminal, and you can’t put too many of them in the same place without someone getting killed. Harsh, I know, but this is the only theory that fits the data.

When the media won’t tell you the facts about black crime, go straight to the source: black people who are fed up with it themselves.

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At cleveland.com (via Stuff Black People Don’t Like), we find a curiously undescriptive story: “Reports mixed on extent of unrest Sunday at Cleveland Heights street fair.”

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — About 40 Cleveland Heights police officers had to control a crowd of unruly teenagers in the last hour of the Coventry Street Arts Fair Sunday [June 26, 2011], an event [that] closes Coventry Road every summer from Mayfield Road to Euclid Heights Boulevard.

The teens, who other kids said were from “all over the place — Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights — were starting fights, screaming and throwing punches in the crowded streets, according to witnesses and shop owners.

Sarah Corcoran, 21, of Cleveland Heights, said she saw about 75 people run through the street, some yelling, just before the fair was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Police showed up shortly after to clear the streets.

There is no mention of race anywhere in the article. Later, the story was updated to include “[s]ocial network reactions.”

The comments below, mostly from Twitter.com, are only a portion of the chatter over about 7 hours Sunday evening — many others were left off the list because of offensive language.

The tweets start at 7:44 pm on Sunday with WFNYCraig asking:

What happened at the Coventry street fair? I was there earlier in the day, but I see it trending. What did I miss?

Someone give this man a job with the Chicago Tribune! He is on the ball. Anyway, the tweets continued until 9:09 am today (Monday June 27), when Its_ChrisSteez got the last word:

Coventry Shook Too Hard Yesterday.

None of these tweets mention race.

Join me, won’t you, for a fascinating exercise in media studies: log in to Twitter (I used TweetDeck) and search for “coventry, black.” Let us see what, exactly, was “left off the list because of offensive language.”

I know, I know: it’s racist. Indulge me.

(I’m not suggesting any of these people were actually involved in the mob.)

Saturday: Preparations

As early as 4:09 pm on Saturday (June 25) — the day before the “unrest” — Thick_ASS_Jass (who happens to be African-American) complained:

I wanna go to coventry but NIGGAS black ass NIGGAS on that embarassing ghetto dont know how to act ,dont got no home training type shit.

“NIGGAS,” she says, “black ass NIGGAS.” Could be a coincidence. Interestingly enough, her message was promptly re-tweeted by three other people: _SammiJay, Bj_Mariee, and apryl_alone, who all happen to be African-American, as well.

At 7:51 pm, Look_ItsTreMilz promised the following, which was re-tweeted by uniquebre17:

Everybody is gonna be at Coventry tomorrow huh?…. You wont see my black ass up there.

“Everybody” is going to be there — except their “black [asses].” Yes, once again, both happen to be African-American. Actually, from now on, everyone mentioned is African-American unless I specifically state otherwise.

At 10:09 pm, My_FreshAss issued the following stern directive, re-tweeted by IAm_Dnell and CheeksONTresure (all of whom, if you’ve been paying attention, are implicitly African-American):

Coventry gone [going to] be full of FIGHTS, RIOTS, BLACK PEOPLE, DRUGS, ND ——>POLICE SOOOOOO YALL BETTA ACT CIVILIZED!!!

Fascinating: “Coventry,” he noted, is going to be “full of FIGHTS, RIOTS, BLACK PEOPLE, DRUGS,” and that implies a “POLICE” presence, so “YALL BETTA ACT CIVILIZED!!!” But did they heed his warning?

At 11:01 pm, JaeCudi joked with JovTheGreat:

I thought they stopped black people from hanging on Coventry. Lol. JK

At 11:37 pm, masonry fan SaleBrixSckTits speculated:

Coventry gone [going to] pull out them pattywagons [paddy wagons] again on you black fuckers lol

At 11:42 pm, the hypothermic DaniDhaColdest wondered (as did re-tweeter JustFollowHere):

Man why tf [the fuck] y’all gotta always wanna fight &nd start problems on coventry , that’s why BLACK PPL not wanted in a lot of places now GROWUP .

At 12:31 am, which I’m going to go ahead and call Saturday night, LilRedHead_Jada pleaded, along with DeonteeWasThere, _BlowTrees, and Bobby_SickKicks:

Dear Black , Please Don’t Fight On Coventry Like Some Dumbasses ^_^ Love, Jada . . . .

Sunday: Flash Mob

At 8:32 am on Sunday (the day of the “unrest”), MauriceAmir vowed:

Im Not Going To The Coventry Feat. Black People Always Make Some Shit Ghetto Af. Plus I Gotta Work :)

At 9:18 am, the possibly self-hating quezzy_quell discriminated:

If I go to coventry I’m goin early so I dnt have to put up wit black ppl

At 10:55 am, the celestial PaintTheCosmos (real name “Dionna Sherice,” race technically unknown) cursed:

Did want to go to Coventry, but black people like to fuck shit up.

At 11:24 am, the educated HoesTaughtMe (reinforced by the equally learned ToneJetTaughtMe) ordered:

NO SHOOTING, Coventry The Last Place Black People Got!

At 11:27 am, the similarly erudite _TONYtaughtme (supported by Drea_CreatedYou) equated:

coventry = fighting . yu cant put a bunch of black people in one area cuz they dk [don’t know] how to act .

At 11:41 am, Pauly_Frm_Phs predicted:

Today gone [going to] be black tennagers last time on Coventry

Weedy_TheOG and PeeGee_17 concurred.

At 12:06 pm, iStriptor_Nike prayed:

Dear lord, don’t let these black rambunctious kids ruin the Coventry fest this time … Sincerely, Kasey Moreland

At 12:22 pm, Lanky_Ralf begged:

Dear black people, please dont embarass us today on coventry. Sincerely, Ralf .

At 1:04 pm, SincerelyKELLEY asserted:

All these black people at coventry today . i just KNOW its gonee [going to] be some drama .. smhh [shaking her head] !

At 2:57 pm, leahbonnielove lamented:

I enjoyed coventry this afternoon. Had to go before it got “all black” lmao.

At 4:55 pm, McTeddy13_, too, lamented (followed by I_amFatdaddy):

I really wanted to go to the Coventry Festival but it’s just too many black people going so I don’t wanna go anymore -___-

At 5:14 pm, shortly before the flash mob, Yesjessicaa, who is White (and kinda cute), noted:

Nora and I are at the Coventry fair and we walked past a group of black girls and one of them goes ” EWWW, I hate white girls”

Just before 6 pm, the Blacks rioted. At 6:26 pm, 81smallz suggested:

Young black kids of cleveland… Smarten up.. Ur looking goofy out here.. #coventry

This was re-tweeted by fourteen people, nearly all of them clearly African-American.

Alright, I think you get the point. From now on, I’m only going to show you a few interesting tweets. There are plenty more out there, all saying pretty much the same thing.

At 7:45 pm, Murda_Moosh wrote:

coventry fest….never again! a damn mess! black kids dunno how to act !

At 12:04 am, which I’m going to go ahead and call Sunday night, BoY_SaNiTy (race ambiguous) wrote:

Coventry was just a bunch of over dressed black people looking for trouble i swear on it

Monday: Aftermath

At 6:44 am, teeelash wrote:

Some shooting in Coventry sha, black boys as usual RT@yourmbour: AH!!! Wetin happen … RT @teeelash: The black race is cursed.

At 12:09 pm, BadAssNmd_Ticia wrote:

Coventry was nothing but a bunch of black highschool kids running wild. Waste of time #yessssss

At 2:04 pm, KraftyWurker, who is apparently a donkey, wrote:

Newspapers persist in calling black bastards who rioted at Coventry Art Fair “teens” or “kids”. Let’s see how many adults were arrested?

Finally, at 10:08 pm, IndiaAlanna inverted Doctor Strangelove with this tweet:

black ppl fucking up the coventry fest…fighting at the peace park. smh [shaking her head]

Conclusion

Phew. Reporting is hard work.

Well, there you have it: what cleveland.com couldn’t be bothered to report. The “unrest” at the Coventry Street Arts Fair on Sunday was yet another Black flash mob. Once again, Blacks are running wild in the streets, and the mainstream media simply refuse to report it. Don’t believe me? Watch Fox8’s video and ask yourself: is there any adjective that could be used to describe these “unruly teenagers”?

Wondering how the mainstream media will manage to justify this bit of censorship? Well, they won’t have to, unless you — the readers and viewers and listeners — complain about it.

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