There are three things to note in this story about a large group of youths, and how they spent a beautiful spring day in Chicago on Saturday:
- What the media reported.
- What actually happened.
- What people said in the comments of the story in response to what actually happened and how it was reported.
The media report from CBS 2 in Chicago was Orwellian in its attempt to spin the events as merely youthful hijinks perpetrated by featureless, restless beings of adolescent nature:
The warmest day of the year so far brings hundreds of mischievous teens to Michigan Avenue. Police are calling it “mob action.”
CBS 2 is learning about multiple incidents in at least four different locations along the Magnificent Mile and in the Gold Coast, yielding a slew of arrests.
Many innocent shoppers and tourists became caught in the middle of a very chaotic situation. Hundreds of teens littered Michigan Avenue and State Street near Chicago.
“You had a group of teens, close to maybe 500. They assaulted a Chicago police officer that was mounted on a horse and all of a sudden they assaulted a citizen walking the streets, just a normal citizen shopping and enjoying the weather,” said Holmes.
The CBS reporter of this story, Courtney Gousman, did everything she possibly could to portray the events in Chicago on Saturday as some sort of playful excess of youthful enthusiasm, just a bunch of “mischievous teens” out having good clean fun… perhaps something like this.
Of course, that isn’t remotely what occurred, and Gousman and everyone else in Chicago know what really happened beyond the coded speech. The Chicago Police Department correctly identified the incident a riot, and the crowd sentiment was probably quite a bit closer to this than Hello, Dolly!
What actually happened was that a mob of black thugs took part in an apparently pre-planned attack on mostly white shoppers in a mostly white and wealthy neighborhood.
Let’s be perfectly clear; as far as riots go, this wasn’t the most violent, and the injuries, property destruction and looting reported appears to have been comparatively minimal by Chicago standards (no one died, nothing was burned out/down, stores weren’t cleaned out, arrests were generally misdemeanors, etc). Those facts allowed, it was a race riot, and it was intentionally downplayed by the fig leaf of a black reporter, working for a liberal new organization, attempting to cover for a liberal mayor, who is reaping the whirlwind of decades of liberal misrule, neglect, and failed social engineering.
Chicago Democrats have created (and continue to increase the volatility of) a toxic stew of racialism, hopelessness, entitlement, and anger. Barack Obama not only continued this dangerous trend in his time in Chicago, he has expanded it nationwide, and accelerated it. A man of two races who chose long ago to identify as one, he has failed not just both races, but all, becoming the most racially divisive President in modern American history, entirely by willful choice.
The result of this festering cesspool of racism that is Chicago is the in-kind blowback in the comments of the story. The words are pure hate, but what drives such visceral hatred being so openly displayed?
And it gets worse:
And stays vicious:
The steeping hostility between various social, economic, political and racial groups seems on the verge of rising to a boil just months into President Obama’s second term, and it frequently feels that decades of attempted racial reconciliation could be undone by this one Presidency.
Barack Obama and his 2008 campaign promises of “hope” and “change” not only seem empty these days, they seem like punchlines to jokes about us (the American people) that we were never supposed to figure out.