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Donger
08-09-2011, 10:33 AM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/8/mayor-talks-tough-to-black-teens-after-flash-mobs/

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob” — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.

“Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

Mr. Nutter announced that he was beefing up police patrols in certain neighborhoods, enlisting volunteers to monitor the streets and moving up the weekend curfew for minors to 9 p.m.

Parents will face increased fines for each time their child is caught violating the curfew.

The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.

“These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.

Mary Catherine Roper, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said her group sees the curfew move as legal with its sole caveat being that it not evolve “into an excuse to hassle” any youths on the street.

The state ACLU filed a federal lawsuit last year challenging Philadelphia police’s use of “stop and frisk” searches. A settlement announced in June allowed the program to continue, along with safeguards to prevent the use of racial profiling.

In the past two years, the City of Brotherly Love has been the scene of several flash mobs in which youths meet at planned locations by texting one another and then commit assorted mayhem.

In one episode, teens knocked down passers-by on a Center City street and entered an upscale department store where they assaulted shoppers. On another occasion, hundreds of teens gathered in a restaurant district and menaced patrons, forcing some restaurant owners to lock customers inside temporarily for their own protection or to close early.

In the latest event July 29, about 20 to 30 youths descended on Center City after dark, then punched, beat and robbed bystanders. One man was kicked so savagely that he was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Police arrested four people, including an 11-year-old.

Other cities have grappled with the problem of destructive flash mobs. In Chicago on Memorial Day weekend, roving teens flashed gang signs, knocked cyclists off their bikes and harassed picnickers. Police closed a popular beach as the violence escalated.

In January, dozens of young people stormed a popular Milwaukee mall late in the afternoon and scared customers and store employees.

In the District of Columbia, about 20 teenagers entered the G-Star Raw store on Connecticut Avenue at Dupont Circle in April and stole about $20,000 worth of merchandise before fleeing.

The problem has given a heavy dose of bad publicity to Philadelphia, which depends on tourism dollars. At one point last summer, city police stationed four officers at each intersection on weekend nights in a neighborhood where youths had congregated.

Mr. Nutter, a strong ally of President Obama and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, took to the pulpit of his Baptist church Sunday to deliver a 30-minute sermon about black families taking responsibility for the behavior.

“The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia,” Mr. Nutter said. “So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.”

The mayor told parents, “If you’re just hanging out out there, maybe you’re sending them a check or bringing some cash by. That’s not being a father. You’re just a human ATM. … And if you’re not providing the guidance and you’re not sending any money, you’re just a sperm donor.”

At City Hall on Monday, the mayor said gangs will be confronted.

“If you want to be aggressive, we’re going to be aggressive,” Mr. Nutter said, before sending a warning.

“Let me just share this with you. We’ve got the biggest, baddest gang in town - a committed group of citizens and a committed government - and we’re working together and we’re not going to have this nonsense anymore.”

Taco John
08-09-2011, 10:35 AM
What an unfortunate last name for a man with tough love.

Deberg_1990
08-09-2011, 10:48 AM
Im sure he will be labled an Uncle Tom now or a traitor to his party.

ForeverChiefs58
08-09-2011, 11:01 AM
:clap::bravo:

I applaud his efforts. It takes courage to stand up against neighborhood thugs. We need more mayors like that. Hell, we need more politicains in general like that. I'm ForeverChiefs58, and I approve this message.

gblowfish
08-09-2011, 11:32 AM
Now can he please stop that stupid SOB in the train station on that Sprint commercial? Enough with the sprint commercial flash mob already!!!

alpha_omega
08-09-2011, 12:49 PM
Good for him! Assume for a minute that the mayor was white....what would the reaction be?

ThatRaceCardGuy
08-09-2011, 07:00 PM
waits for the victimized old white guys to come in hear and say " If it was a white guy it would be racist .." Oh wait...they already have...

ThatRaceCardGuy
08-09-2011, 07:01 PM
Im sure he will be labled an Uncle Tom now or a traitor to his party.

Way to generalize all black people :thumb:

Bump
08-09-2011, 09:17 PM
Way to generalize all black people :thumb:

but it's always true, so it becomes law.

Radar Chief
08-09-2011, 09:21 PM
Way to generalize all black people :thumb:

Its exactly what happened to Bill Cosby when he said the same kinds of things.

ThatRaceCardGuy
08-09-2011, 09:24 PM
Its exactly what happened to Bill Cosby when he said the same thing.

And who said that ? ...JC are all of you DC Lounge people fucking retards ? I will let you in a secret...NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE THINK THE SAME ... MOST OF US DON'T LIKE JESSE OR AL...MOST OF US AGREED WITH BILL...But I guess I couldn't expect that from the DC Lounge guys.....tell me , how many black people actualy told you that they fell this way , or did you just ASSUME this because of a few idiots ?

Deberg_1990
08-09-2011, 09:37 PM
And who said that ? ...JC are all of you DC Lounge people ****ing retards ? I will let you in a secret...NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE THINK THE SAME ... MOST OF US DON'T LIKE JESSE OR AL...MOST OF US AGREED WITH BILL...But I guess I couldn't expect that from the DC Lounge guys.....tell me , how many black people actualy told you that they fell this way , or did you just ASSUME this because of a few idiots ?

Whitlock..is that you?

Radar Chief
08-09-2011, 09:37 PM
And who said that ? ...JC are all of you DC Lounge people fucking retards ? I will let you in a secret...NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE THINK THE SAME ... MOST OF US DON'T LIKE JESSE OR AL...MOST OF US AGREED WITH BILL...But I guess I couldn't expect that from the DC Lounge guys.....tell me , how many black people actualy told you that they fell this way , or did you just ASSUME this because of a few idiots ?

What are you, like 12?
I state a fact and you flip out? Or is this just your way of admitting I'm right? WTF is the point, if any, of this rambling nonsense?

LOCOChief
08-09-2011, 09:41 PM
And who said that ? ...JC are all of you DC Lounge people ****ing retards ? I will let you in a secret...NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE THINK THE SAME ... MOST OF US DON'T LIKE JESSE OR AL...MOST OF US AGREED WITH BILL...But I guess I couldn't expect that from the DC Lounge guys.....tell me , how many black people actualy told you that they fell this way , or did you just ASSUME this because of a few idiots ?



ROFL "MOST OF US AGREED WITH BILL"

Whining?

Predarat
08-09-2011, 09:50 PM
waits for the victimized old white guys to come in hear and say " If it was a white guy it would be racist .." Oh wait...they already have...

I do not think that would have happen. Al Sharpie, Jessy Hessy, and Barrick would have supported him and came after the troubled youths even harsher then the first guy did. They will not tolerate this kind of crap and they stand strong against unneccesary violence.

Iowanian
08-09-2011, 09:58 PM
flash mobs should be cluster bombed.

ThatRaceCardGuy
08-09-2011, 09:58 PM
What are you, like 12?
I state a fact and you flip out? Or is this just your way of admitting I'm right? WTF is the point, if any, of this rambling nonsense?

You state a "fact?" That black people thought Bill was a "tom" really ? Thats a fact ?

KC native
08-09-2011, 10:35 PM
You state a "fact?" That black people thought Bill was a "tom" really ? Thats a fact ?

Dude, the RWNJ's out here are in touch with every culture. I thought you knew, jeeeeeez.

Jaric
08-10-2011, 11:55 AM
You state a "fact?" That black people thought Bill was a "tom" really ? Thats a fact ?

No, that Bill Cosby was attacked for saying something similar to what this guy is saying.

Not that all Black people think that. No one ever said that or anything remotely close to that. That should have been abundantly clear if you were spending every waking moment here trying to prove we're all racists.