Scare at Wisconsin State Fair: witnesses describe mobs, some people claim racially-charged attacks
Edited on Fri Aug-05-11 11:58 AM by CleanGreenFuture
WEST ALLIS - Witnesses tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 of a mob of young people attacking innocent fair-goers at the end of the opening night of State Fair, with some callers claiming a racially-charged scene.
Milwaukee Police confirmed there were assaults outside the fair.
Witnesses' accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.
Authorities have not given official estimates of the number of people involved in the attacks.
"It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people," said Norb Roffers of Wind Lake in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ. He left the State Fair Entrance near the corner of South 84th Street and West Schlinger Avenue in West Allis.
1) Complete refusal of legislative body to cooperate in any way, a la Harold Washington? Check. 2) Proliferation of news stories about black mob violence, a la David Dinkins and the infamous "wilding" incidents? Check.
26. These were the strategies used against the first black mayors of major urban areas
In the case of Chicago, you had Harold Washington. Essentially, the City Council basically refused to do ANYTHING, to OK ANY of the Mayor's initiatives, even stuff they had themselves proposed and approved in the past. This is the stonewalling strategy, and it worked. Much of the GOP's Congressional strategy since Obama was elected comes straight from the playbook of the Chicago City Council as they kneecapped Harold Washington at every turn. Needless to say, the whole operation depends on some rather unsavory notions about the ability of black men to complete tasks: the strategy doesn't work unless the racist idea - latent or otherwise - churns in the back of people's minds.
In the case of New York City, you had David Dinkins. Now, Dinkins was by no means a "great" mayor, but one of the more remarkable phenomena that emerged during Dinkins' tenure was an almost obsessive media interest with the "concept" of wilding - supposedly a "fad" among black youth to go out in large "mobs" as attack bystanders and commit other chaos. The most famous case of "wilding" was, of course, the Central Park jogger case, which saw a white women raped in Central Park, supposedly by a mob of black teenagers (they were convicted on their confessions, and sent to prison, but were later freed when DNA evidence proved they had nothing to do with the rape). All through the early 90's in New York you had these supposed "wilding" incidents, just as we now see the media obsessed with supposed "flash mobs" of black youth attacking people today. Of course, for those of us who were teenagers in NYC at the time, the whole thing was an obvious joke: there was no "trend" among black youths to go "wilding." Large gangs of teenagers (of all races) had been doing the same throughout New York City since the late-1960's. There was nothing new or unusual about the so-called "wilding" incidents - they were the same old muggings and robberies - just rebranded to get stuck conceptually on Dinkins. Black mayor: black teenagers going wild, attacking - gasp - white people. One need hardly mention that two cases of the exact same thing happening in reverse - the Howard Beach incident and the Bensonhurst incident - were both big news, though nobody called them "wilding" incidents, despite the fact that they seemed to constitute the SAME behavior.
So, we now see these same two tropes emerging nationally as we have our first black President: the absolute legislative stonewall leading to perceptions of ineffectiveness; the construction of a "new" epidemic of black mob violence.
It's clear enough where these tropes come from, and what their purpose is.
This happened in an area that has been crime-ridden and largely African-American for 25 years but in the last few years has started to become gentrified. The Target store in the story just opened last week. I don't think it was an accident that it was attacked by this mob.
This whole country is going off the fucking rails.
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