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By Colin Flaherty
The San Francisco Examiner calls it a “dirty secret:” Groups of black people targeting Asians for violence, robbery and even murder.
“In 85 percent of (300) physical assault crimes, the victims were Asian and the perpetrators were African American,” the newspaper said recently, citing a police study.
In Philadelphia, secrets may be even more violent and widespread. Over the last three years, the Philadelphia Daily News found “at least 15 home invasions or other attacks on Asian business owners outside their businesses in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties in 2008, followed by another spike of at least 19 actual or attempted home invasions or burglaries in those three counties plus Chester County in 2010.”
The report continued, “Two Asian business owners were killed in 2009 – Robert Chae in his North Wales home, and Joseph Ha, a half-block from his dry-cleaning business in Olney. (In 2012) at least six robberies or attempted burglaries of Asian business owners were reported at a home or bank in Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. And this year, in addition to the family in Haverford Township, a couple was robbed during a home invasion in Oxford Circle.”
But that news is almost a month old. Since then, at least two other Asian families have become victims. In all the cases, all of those suspected, arrested or convicted, are black.
“The victims were targeted as part of the recent trend in which thugs have attacked Asian business owners,” said the Inquirer. The latest crime was June 7, when a group of armed black men “terrorized and robbed an Asian-American business owner and his family. The masked thugs forced him to lie facedown in the kitchen, Cheng said. They isolated his wife and daughter in other rooms.”
The report continued, “They pointed guns at him, asked where money was and threatened to kill him if he didn’t obey, Cheng said. He told them where to find money. The thugs tied the family’s hands behind their backs and stuffed their mouths with socks, Cheng said. After about an hour, they forced Cheng, his wife and daughter into the basement before they fled with cash and jewelry, he said ”
Read all about the “undue and inordinate affinity for blacks that has been promoted by activists, politicians and the establishment press for the past 40 years,” in Erik Rush’s “Negrophilia.”
In April, 12 Asians in Southwest Philadelphia were enjoying a night of karaoke when four black men with guns broke in and robbed the group.
Also in April, four black men broke into the home of an elderly Asian couple and their handicapped son, bound, threatened and robbed them. Their entrance and exit was captured on a security video.
In March, seven hooded black men with weapons surprised an Asian couple returning to their suburban Philadelphia home after a day at their beer-distribution company. After threatening the couple with pistols, they escaped with cash and valuables.
Their entrance and exit was also captured. The criminals were not.
“Many of the victims live close to their business,” said Taleeb Starks, a Philadelphia resident and producer of the noted documentary on black violence, Mothers of No Tomorrow. “So a lot of these crimes directed at Asians involve planning and stalking. Which make them extra dangerous. And of course the police never hear about many of them.”
These crimes are in addition to a Justice Department investigation in 2009 that found black students were systematically beating and abusing Asian students over a several year period at South Philadelphia High School.
The principal at first denied the attacks, then blamed the violence on Asians, and even gave the Asian students a pamphlet instructing them how to avoid antagonizing the black students with their racism and thus avoid getting beat up.
The principal was eventually removed after the federal investigation substantiated claims of racial violence against Asians.
Philadelphia has gained national attention for dozens of episodes of large scale racial violence and crime over the last three years. So much so, the black mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, went to a Baptist Church last August and admonished black people to stop the violence, saying they were “hurting their own race.”
The epidemic of black on Asian robbery and crime is not restricted to San Francisco and Philadelphia.
In Manhattan, videos show five black people targetting elderly Asian women for violence, reported Asian journalist Ying Ma. Those episodes, combined with similar violent and more lethal actions in San Jose and Oakland, did not seem to get much attention, she said.
“Local officials and the local media have bent over backward to deny or ignore the issue of race,” said Ma. “Many African-Americans in crowded and unsafe urban centers often view every Asian – Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino or Korean – as a ‘Chinaman’ who is unworthy of basic human decency or respect. In one city after another, black teenagers and adults frequently hurl racial slurs at the ‘Chinamen’ among them, at the grocery store, on the bus, on the subway and in the streets. If the ‘Chinamen’ are lucky, no violence will ensue.”
Asian victims are often reluctant to report the crimes, say Asian leaders and police officials.Victims also find the violence hard to understand. Amanza Emineke and others do not.
“The reason Asian kids are getting robbed is because there is an assumption that young Chinese kids on Third Street are filthy rich and have an iPod or laptop on them,” he told the African section of the New American Media news service website. “To a young, broke black male, the appeal of nabbing a few hundred dollars from some Asian kid’s pocket is even greater during this recession.”
“This isn’t to say that the inter-ethnic tension between Blacks and Asians is a one-way street. Asians (as Asians will tell you) can be particularly racist against the African American community.”
Emineke was charged with assault and a hate crime after robbing a Chinese student. The assault charge stuck, but not the hate crime: “I was glad when the charge was dropped because a hate crime shines a whole different light on you.”
Another black person with self-confessed first-hand experience committing violence against Asians told the Inquirer: “They had a term, ‘clocking wigs,’ that meant hitting someone in the head … They preyed on women, whites, and Asians.”
In case anyone was thinking this epidemic of violence against Asians had racial overtones, Yale University sociologist Elijah Anderson would like to set you straight: Talking about black on Asian crime in Philadelphia Weekly, the magazine that broke the story of the racial attacks at South Philadelphia High School, he said:
“It’s a human thing. It could be Asians who get jumped. It could be blacks. It could be white, Italian, Jewish, whatever, if you know what I mean. This is not unique to blacks and Asians.”
An email to Anderson asking him for evidence about groups of Asians targeting blacks for violence went unanswered.
The Internet is full of video news accounts of black on Asian crime. The television drama Law and Order even based an episode in its trademark ‘ripped from the headlines’ style featuring a black gang kidnapping, torturing and killing an Asian restaurant worker in New York.
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Read all about the “undue and inordinate affinity for blacks that has been promoted by activists, politicans and the establishment press for the past 40 years,” in Erik Rush’s “Negrophilia.”
Colin Flaherty is an award-winning reporter whose work has appeared in more than 1,000 media outlets around the world, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and WND. His critically acclaimed book, “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How The Media Ignore It,” is in its second edition and available in paperback and e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other popular outlets.
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One 10-second Snapchat video shows a high school student smiling while wearing blackface.
In another, a girl sitting at a table says the N-word.
A screenshot of a message exchange reveals a teen telling a peer, “Y’all preach about your ancestors so much then go tf back to Africa.”
The racist social-media posts created and shared among Maple Shade High School classmates had parents outraged over Presidents Day weekend as they called on administrators to punish those involved. The disturbing material was spread over the last few weeks via Snapchat and viewed by African American students who alerted adults and school officials.
An anonymous Instagram user on Friday compiled the photos and videos into one post. The content was shared by those in the community, garnering hundreds of responses over the three-day weekend.
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“I don’t think I’m going overboard with going to the school with this. I’m not going to have my grandchildren feel like they can’t go to school or feel uncomfortable in their skin,” said Deborah Morant, who was among a chorus of voices expressing anger over the posts.
Now, school officials are dealing with the fallout as police work closely with the district to investigate.
Administrators met with about 15 families Monday in an effort to pin down those responsible. The videos were not made on school grounds, but even so, the district stepped in after parents contended that the growing conflict would disrupt their children’s education and sense of safety.
“The district was not aware of these incidents until Sunday. We’re still getting to the root of it and trying to sort it out,” said Beth Norcia, superintendent of the Maple Shade school district. Investigators believe at least four students were behind the posts, but more could have been involved.
Scattered throughout the small campus Tuesday morning were vehicles belonging to the Maple Shade Police Department and officers holding posts near one of the main entrances. Parents came and went, but students were out of sight, and the school looked as though it could have been on lockdown.
Norcia said the larger presence of officers at the school was in response to social-media rumors indicating a planned protest. Police were unsure who was behind the posts or whether the threats are founded.
Officers at the school said they were “forbidden” to comment on the matter.
Last March, administrators said they investigated after a student posted a racist photo on social media. School officials said the case was confirmed as “harassment, intimidation, and bullying,” and the student was disciplined, but they would not say how.
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Seventh grader Ciara Manning said racial bullying at the school stopped after the single incident last year. But she said it resurfaced two weeks ago when a classmate posted a Snapchat story wearing blackface and another later posted a video of a girl saying the N-word.
Sixty-three percent of the school’s study body is white, 18.5 percent is Hispanic, 12.5 percent is black or African American, and 4.4 percent is Asian, according to statistics from the New Jersey Department of Education’s school performance reports.
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On Tuesday, Manning and about 20 other minority students planned to peacefully protest what they see as racism at the school by wearing black clothes and bringing signs to class bearing positive messages about equality.
“The school wasn’t doing anything about the situation, so we decided we will,” Manning said. “We’re going to speak for everyone.”
In a letter to parents posted Monday on the school district’s Facebook page, Norcia encouraged adults to take the lead in teaching their children “the value of diversity, kindness, and respect.”
But the administration plans to take on a greater role as well. The school will create a leadership team composed of students of different races charged with arranging assemblies to discuss cultural awareness. On Monday evening, officials reached out to the local NAACP chapter, area legislators, and nearby chaplain associations.
“Every student counts and every student is valued,” Norcia said. “If that’s not the feeling now in the community, we need to fix that.”
Crystal Charley, president of the Southern Burlington County NAACP, said the organization met with concerned families who contacted them a few days ago. The group has not yet met with or spoken to school administrators, she said.
Charley agreed that diversity education programs are a good start but emphasized that teachers should directly combat racist behaviors in the classroom. Charley said educators need to show teenagers during their “formative years” that there are consequences for discriminating against others.
At the end of the day Tuesday, police continued to patrol the campus as students walked out of the school with no sign of protest or incident.
Charley, of the NAACP, said the onus was on parents, teachers, and administrators to foster a culture of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
“Assemblies won’t deter all students from having racist behaviors,” she said. “The teacher is the first level of authority. Supervising adults need to make sure that culture isn’t accepted in the classroom.”
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