When I first saw a book with the title, “White Girl Bleed A Lot” by
Colin Flaherty, I instantly knew what it was about, even though I had
not seen the book reviewed anywhere, and knew nothing about the author.
That is because I had encountered that phrase before, while doing
research for the four new chapters on intellectuals and race that I
added to the revised edition of my own book, “Intellectuals and
Society,” published this year.
That phrase was spoken by a member of a mob of young blacks who
attacked whites at random at a Fourth of July celebration in Milwaukee
last year. What I was appalled to learn, in the course of my research,
was that such race riots have occurred in other cities across the United
States in recent years — and that the national mainstream media usually
ignore these riots. (Emphasis ours. --Ed.)
Where the violence is too widespread and too widely known locally to
be ignored, both the local media and public officials often describe
what happened as unspecified “young people” attacking unspecified
victims for unspecified reasons. But videos of the attacks often reveal
both the racial nature of these attacks and the racial hostility
expressed by the attackers.
Are race riots not news?