A disturbing new trend in the US is racist violence perpetrated by blacks on non-blacks using flash mob tactics (more details here, here and here). For a few years, flash mobs have been a harmless phenomenon: a bunch of bored teenagers in their twenties and thirties congregate in some public place to perform in unison some harmless activity. The joke is that while the whole things seems spontaneous to onlookers, it has been organized via the Internet, facebook, twitter and text messages. This summer, this trend has taken a violent twist with gangs of black ‘youth’s’ using flash mob tactics to violently attack non-white people. This phenomenon first surfaced at various beaches in Chicago this June. It made the big time when it occurred at the Wisconsin State Fair in early August. Ever since, the mainstream media has been doing its best to ignore the phenomenon.
Here are three possible solutions to this problem:
More policing. Hardly a solution. One of the hallmarks of the flash mob beatings is that they can happen anywhere and occur without warning. What makes it so frightening is that many of the attacks have occurred well within neighborhoods that were considered very safe. You would have to put a cop on every single street corner. Good luck with that. Even if you could afford to put a cop on every single street corner, who would want to live in a society like that?
Take control of the Internet, most particularly social media. I’m sure he People’s Republic of China could sell us some useful software in this regard.
Just let the beating continue. After all, the overall violent crime rate is still declining (at least in the US). I’m sure this is the answer favoured by white liberals, who love to wallow in white guilt inside their gated communities.
All of these solutions are either ineffective, promote police-state tendencies in the government or are a mixture of both.
The only real solution? Enable the private citizen.
A good example is 9/11, when private initiative was the only effective force combating Islamic terrorism. The government should encourage the ‘let’s roll’ ethos. Concealed carry laws are a good start. Fortunately, many states already have such laws on the books. Second, the criminal law should be modified so that people are protected from legal action when they do exercise their right to self-defense, or for that matter their defense of other innocents. Third, the power of citizen’s arrest should be reaffirmed. And lastly, the authorities should not only encourage people to protect themselves but publicly and loudly exhort them to defend the public peace, telling them that doing so is part of their civic duty. Past a certain point, civic duty cannot be outsourced to professionals.
In the US, the last step would be most effective, as progress have already been made with regard to the first three. In Canada, we have got to start working on all four steps – before this kind of violence comes up here.