We have seen Flash Mobs in Philadelphia. We have even seen ‘Smash and Grab’ tactics of Black shoplifters cause damage to Atlanta-area stores.
Now, we have Bleeding Kansas… City. Yes, Missouri is now home to the next generation of Black theme riots, as ‘youth’ of Kansas City have been inspired by the exploits of comrades in Philadelphia and Atlanta realizing that through a sustained group effort that they too could create havoc with a toxic combination of aplomb and radicalized insanity:
Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin received a briefing Monday after a large disturbance on the Country Club Plaza Saturday night.
Corwin said on his blog that it was estimated that between 700 and 900 juveniles were on the Plaza by 9 p.m. that night. The gathering was posted through the social network Web site Facebook.
Witnesses said the trouble started when several brawls broke out between young people as moviegoers left a theatre.
"I was leaving the movies and there were so many kids out there," witness Starr Hackett told KMBC's Marcus Moore.
Hackett said tension seemed to rise when police arrived and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
"When they called in the helicopter and more police out there, that's when it really got crazy," Hackett said.
"I feel like that's unfortunate because I feel like the Plaza is a place where everybody should be able to come and enjoy a good time and be safe," resident Lynita Jones said.
"In absolutely no neighborhood should that occur. People should be respectful of property of each other, and welcome everyone," Haake said. Haake said that she hopes what happened Saturday night won't happen again. "I'm very worried about that because we want it to be a happy place," Haake said. Moore said that some people he spoke to criticized the police response to the incident, saying it went too far. Corwin detailed the incident on his blog. Click here to read the blog. "Crowds began to gather in front of businesses, blocking the entrances and exit, and would not move," according to a police memorandum. The report also noted:"Citizens were continually stopping officers and complaining of the crowds, that they were being pushed and shoved, and that the kids were trying to intimidate them.By 10:30 p.m., the crowds left the Plaza and gathered in Mill Creek Park and in the Winstead's parking lot. One young person was found in the parking lot with head injuries. Police said he was hit on the head and his jaw was broken. The police memo said that earlier in the year, Cinemark Theatre lowered its age requirement and young people began increasingly to hang out around the theatre. "We learned this past week that the crowds were growing due to area high schools organizing gatherings through the use of Twitter and Facebook. The report also noted that on the previous Saturday -- April 3 -- police were called about a large disturbance involving 300 to 500 juveniles at J.C. Nichols Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Notice the article points out that one week prior, the throng of Black participants in the first riot was 50 percent less than the subsequent week (April 10). One can only speculate that this weekend, 1800 – 2000 Black youth will show up to take part in the Bleeding Kansas…City riots.
A police report of the event can be found here, which oddly fails to delineate the participants by race, although the term ‘Flash Mob’ is analogous to ‘Black Mob’ and requires precious little waste of energy to define the group further.
Kansas City is 30 percent Black, and yet is home to one of the shining examples of the government of the United States incompetence at utilizing the invaluable resource of Crusading White Pedagogues to uplift Black students from the doldrums of Mother Nature’s cruel –unintentional – gift:
Kansas City was held up as a national example of bold thinking when it tried to integrate its schools by making them better than the suburban districts where many kids were moving. The result was one school with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and another with recording studios.
Now it’s on the brink of bankruptcy and considering another bold move: closing nearly half its schools to stay afloat.
Schools officials say the cuts are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case.
Buffeted for years by declining enrollment, political squabbling and a revolving door of leadership, the district’s fortunes are so bleak that Superintendent John Covington has said diplomas given to many graduates “aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.”
Kansas City is among the most striking examples of the challenges of saving urban school districts. The city used gobs of cash to improve facilities, but boosting lagging test scores and stemming the exodus of students were more elusive. Like other big-city districts, it finds itself struggling to become more than just the last resort for large pockets of poverty in the urban core.
The latest possible solution for Kansas City is the plan Covington submitted to the school board last week that called for closing 29 out of 61 schools to eliminate a projected $50 million budget shortfall. Covington also has said he wants to cut about 700 of the district’s 3,000 jobs, including 285 teachers. The school board vote is Wednesday.
This year alone officials expect to overspend the $316 million budget by $15 million and if nothing changes, the district will be in the red by 2011.
Kansas City appeared headed for a recovery when a federal judge in 1985 declared the district was unconstitutionally segregated. To boost test scores, integrate the schools and repair decrepit classrooms, the state was ordered to spend about $2 billion to address the problems.
The district went on a buying spree that included a six-lane indoor track and a mock court complete with a judge’s chamber and jury deliberation room. But student achievement remained low, and the anticipated flood of students from the suburbs turned out to be more like a trickle.
And to this day, the district continues to lose students. In the late 1960s enrollment peaked at 75,000, dropped to 35,000 a decade ago and now sits at just under 18,000.
Only about half of Kansas City’s elementary school students and about 40 percent of middle and high school students now attend the city’s public schools. Many of the other students have left for publicly funded charter schools, private and parochial schools and the suburbs.
At the height of spending in 1991-92, Kansas City invested more than $11,700 per student—more than double that year’s national average of $5,001, according to U.S. Census figures. Today, the district spends an average of $15,158 on each student, compared to a national average of $9,666 in 2006-07, the latest figures available.
Yes, an effort through the vast reallocation of resources to help Black students perform on average just as highly as their white counterparts failed, just the hope of scores upon scores of Black children refraining from engaging in ‘Flash Mobs’ is but a dream.
Like a virus, 'Flash Mobs' are manifesting across the nation.
One can only recall ‘The Course of Empire’ painting series by Thomas Cole when presented with the growing body of information regarding the proliferation of ‘Flash Mobs’ across the nation.
Black unemployment is rising. New Black college graduates are having a difficult time locating jobs, and many have given up looking altogether. An entirely new people from Mexico have been imported to America to do jobs that Black people seem uninspired to perform.
Instead, loitering in the company of friends and mindlessly romping through congested business areas is the type of avocation those Black youth who participate in ‘Flash Mobs’ would rather partake in, while immigrants do the jobs they just won’t do!
Any town, USA, with a Black population will soon have the 21st century’s version of Hoover’s “Bonus Army” marauding and rampaging through its streets.
We live in the waning days of the Empire. There is no turning back now. Through the beauty of social networking sites, Black people can mass congregate with the speed usually reserved for Wal-Mart’s shelves being restocked with hot-selling items.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like has enjoyed the journey of covering Black Run America (BRA) in all its glory, and finds the media’s reticence to report of the 700 – 900 youth who participated in the Bleeding Kansas… City riot a sign of its enormously dreadful influence.
White criminals do exist, of course (watch the Lifetime Network and you’ll think that’s the only type out there). Yet Hate Facts help establish the reality of criminality in America and stories of ‘Flash Mobs’ only punctuate that veracity clearly.
Bleeding Kansas… City. What city is next?Thankfully, the police will be working with a reputable group at helping out Black people to put an end to these flights of youthful fun:
Police Chief Jim Corwin promises strict enforcement on the Plaza this weekend and said he's meeting with Plaza merchants, the NAACP and others to develop a plan to keep the kids from causing problems.
There is no solution to the madness of 'Flash Mobs'. Not anymore. Just sit back and laugh. That's all you can do.
Video of the event is available here.
More footage of the riot.
Video of a brawl at the Bleeding Kansas City event.
Click here for another version of the story from KMBC.com