A good friend was worrying recently about the gangs who are invading festivals or stores to create flash mobs. The mobs inflict wanton destruction, violence against persons, and theft.
My friend, who is white, worries about gangs of blacks attacking whites and about the alleged "media conspiracy" that only reports white-on-black violence and not the rampant black-on-white crime. In the past my friend has had three friends murdered, and the media reported little.
I know from previous discussions that my friend listens to talk radio—the shows that rant and rail against non-whites, non-straights, non-Christians. These shows spew fear and hate, but certainly not facts. They prey on the poor and uneducated, as is my friend.
Let's look at the data on racially-motivated attacks. The most recent data is from the FBI report of 2010. It shows that:
• 70% of racial attacks in the U.S. in 2010 were directed at blacks
• 18% of racial attacks were directed at whites
There were a total of 697 attacks against whites. There were a total of 2,765 attacks against blacks. Blacks make up only 12.2% of the population. That means that your chance of getting attacked for your race is much much higher if you are black. In fact, it is 21 times higher, adjusted for proportion in the population.
(There were 73 attacks on blacks for each 1 million black people. There were 3.5 attacks on whites per 1 million white people. So, as a white you are far more likely to be hit by a car than you are to be hit by a black [for reasons of your race] -- about 20 people per million die in pedestrian accidents each year). [Of course, there are other motives for attack such as robbery,and blacks also take a large proportional hit.]
You can, of course, throw all this out and say "that's baloney—all the data is rigged or false." But that's a pretty thin plank to walk. People who throw out data because it is inconvenient to their viewpoints don't win much in credibility.
Hate crimes are exacerbated by people who are … hate filled. That's why I don't listen to ranting talk shows. How do we bring more love into our lives, particular toward those who look or talk differently than our comfort group?
Another whole question is about the bias in reporting by the media. I agree that the media is biased. The "Missing White Woman Syndrome" is a bias I was aware of, but of course there are others. If one is poor and murdered there is little chance your story will make much of a media splash.
UPDATE: Here's an example of a "good" flash mob—"Puttin' on the Ritz" in Moscow—that's beautiful and inspiring: