In case you are wondering when Obama held the summit on black teen flash mob violence, it hasn’t happened yet.
Nor has Obama addressed the “knockout game” violence that has been happening all over the country.
And given the amount of black on black violence, one might believe that Obama holds weekly summits on this epidemic problem. Heard of Obama hosting one? No. And in fact, Holder wants to hamstring law enforcement even more, as he proves here:
It’s not like Obama hasn’t had the opportunities, as in the hot summer of 2011, Philadelphia was beset by “flash mobs.” Dozens of teenagers, mostly black, would gather suddenly and riot through popular tourist neighborhoods, assaulting pedestrians and robbing stores and people. These same flash mobs happened all over the country in places like Chicago, and even Peoria, IL.
In Philly, where the city depends on the millions of visitors come every year to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Franklin Court, and the famous Philly cheesesteak, these flash mobs presented an economic problem.
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The Mayor of Philadelphia, Democrat Michael Nutter was not pleased. So he went to the bastion of the black community, in his case Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, and spoke about Philadelphia’s issue, an issue that emanated from the black community.
“This nonsense must stop,” he said, his voice rising. “If you want to act like a butthead, your butt is going to get locked up. And if you want to act like an idiot, move. Move out of this city. We don’t want you here any more.”
Nutter blasted the city’s absentee fathers—who, he implied, were responsible for the crimes that their children committed. He finished his speech by telling the flash mobbers:
“You’ve damaged your own race.”
He didn’t take the normal Democrat tact of giving excuses to the hooligans terrorizing the city over which he presides, and he didn’t blame the cops. In fact, he supported the cops and made sure that people understood that he was about law and order.
Nutter emboldened the Philadelphia PD, and ramped up police patrols in the riot-targeted areas. He then imposed a weekend curfew of 9 PM for minors.
With respect to absentee parents, Nutter increased fines on the parents of kids repeatedly caught breaking curfew, from $300 to $500. Local judges pitched in, sentencing flash mobbers to hefty service terms instead of slapping them on the wrist, and ten first-time offenders who had raided a Macy’s were mandated to work at the retailer for eight weeks, dressing mannequins and greeting shoppers.
The outcome was in the summer of the following year, there were no flash mobs in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer applauded the city’s progress, noting correctly that
“…sometimes news is what doesn’t happen.”
But it isn’t the only news that Michael Nutter has made in Philadelphia. On many counts, he has racked up an impressive record governing America’s fifth-largest city, showing a way forward at a time when so many Democratic-run cities seem resigned to deterioration.
What Obama does is make about one speech every four years saying, “Black men need to understand what it means to be a father,” blah blah blah.
The problem with Obama is he is blaming the cops. And when he does speak to the real culprits, the kids and their deadbeat parents, he just gives them words. Words are something Obama has plenty of, and they never