While most Americans were commemorating the nation’s birthday, racial violence, lawlessness and animosity marred Independence Day celebrations in Georgia, Florida, Ohio, California and Illinois.
Chris Rock started the day off with a bang: “Happy white peoples Independence Day,” he tweeted. “The slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”
In Chicago, Ill., some were enjoying the celebration until they were set upon by a mob of dozens of black people intent on violence. One man was taken to the hospital, where he remains in good condition. Eleven black people were arrested and charged with assault.
As is often the case, the mainstream media did not report the mob was black. Witnesses and others took to the Internet to set the record straight.
“For all that don’t know, the perpetrators are African-American teens,” said a man self-identified as Jonathan Kizer on the Chicago Tribune website. “I work in the area and I’ve seen firsthand what these teens are doing. It’s really bothersome bcuz they are hurting innocent ppl, but also perpetuating a negative view of the black community. Not all of us are like this, but people would never know from what they see and hear.”
Local television reporters did remind people this is the latest in a series of mob attacks in the downtown and upscale North Side area.
In Albany, Ga., 85 police officers in the downtown area lost control of the crowd 20 minutes into the show after large groups of black people disrupted the celebration.
They stopped the fireworks. Police blamed the problems on teens without parents. Witnesses were not so forgiving, saying it was a dangerous and chaotic scene that some say included gunfire.
When posters to Albany websites said the rioter were black, some responded it was not an issue of black and white.
“So how many white kids did you see running around [destroying property]?” asked one witness. No one said they saw any white people involved in the violence or destruction.
In the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of Shaker Heights, hundreds of black people created a “real dangerous environment” with violence and rushing into a crowd of fireworks watchers.
Eight people were arrested after police in riot gear with dogs quelled the disturbance, or tried to.
In one news story at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a reader was frustrated that the paper did yet reported the riot.
“My daughter and I will NOT be back next year. ‘Daddy why are all those kids screaming, swearing and fighting?’ ‘Because their parents didn’t raise them any better honey.’
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