The local print and broadcast media wouldn’t dare mention it, but Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, to his credit, attacked the issue of teen flash mobs in the black community head on.
To the media, it was “flash mobs” of “teens” who were marauding in Philadelphia, beating the shit out of anyone they came in contact with and stealing everything in sight. Although his weak and limited attempts to put a stop to the attacks are not likely to do much but push them to different parts of the city, he at least directed his comments about the situation honestly at the community that is causing the problem.
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday.
“Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”
“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”
Note to the cowering media: We know you’re scared that the interest groups will come after you if you ever once mentioned the race of marauders. Guess what: Even people in those interest groups don’t like to have the shit beaten out of them or have their things stolen. It’s not racist to mention the race of a crime suspect or a group of crime suspects. It’s welcome and needed information.
The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.
“These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.
Of course, the ACLU likes it when normal citizens get the shit beaten out of them for no reason, because being able to walk down the street without getting the shit beaten out of you is somehow not a civil right to them.
Mary Catherine Roper, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said her group sees the curfew move as legal with its sole caveat being that it not evolve “into an excuse to hassle” any youths on the street.
Um, if you’re a youth and on the street after curfew, you need to be hassled. That’s what a curfew is.
The state ACLU filed a federal lawsuit last year challenging Philadelphia police’s use of “stop and frisk” searches. A settlement announced in June allowed the program to continue, along with safeguards to prevent the use of racial profiling.
Ugh. So it should not be an excuse to hassle “any youths” and it should also not be an excuse to hassle specific groups of youths who are causing problems.
Clear as any ACLU pronouncement, I guess. “Sure cops, it’s legal, just don’t use it under any circumstances.”