Disturbing Lessons from the Chicago Beating

From: townhall.com,  by Dennis Prager,  on Jan 10, 2017


Last week, four young blacks — two males, both 18 years old; and two females, 18 and 24 years-old — kidnapped a mentally disabled 18-year-old white boy and tortured him for 24 hours. Among other things, they kicked him, beat him, cut his scalp, made him drink from the toilet and made him kiss the floor while saying he loves black people. During the beatings, the suspects yelled out, “F— white people, boy” and “F— Donald Trump.”

The victim was found by police on Jan. 3rd.

There are five important lessons to be learned from this episode.

1. Even after largely ignoring the story in the beginning, the mainstream media have barely covered it. And when they started to, the racial element was first ignored and then downplayed. The original Associated Press report not only did not mention the racist outbursts but it also never mentioned the race of the perpetrators or the race of the victim.

Under the headline “Chicago police investigate video beating,” the AP report began: “Chicago police said Wednesday that they’re investigating a video circulating on social media that shows several people beating a man at a residence. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference that four suspects, two males and two females, are in custody.”

What makes the mainstream media’s reporting a moral scandal is that every honest person living in America knows that if four whites had kidnapped a black, tortured him for hours, made him say “f— Barack Obama” and “f— blacks,” and made him bow down to the floor and say, “I love white people,” the story would have been on the front page of The New York Times and every other liberal and left-wing newspaper in the country; and it would have been the lead item on all news broadcasts and the subject of virtually every editorial and left-wing column. It would have been portrayed as more proof that America is racist, and that hate has taken over America since the election of Donald Trump.

For example, since the election of President-elect Trump, The New York Times has run a weekly column titled “This Week in Hate.” In the Jan. 5 column, there was no mention of the crime. The lead story of the column involved a black transgender man who was attacked on the subway.

On Jan. 6, the Times finally had a feature article on the attack, but it had no mention of the central role that race, the hatred of whites and the hatred of Trump played in the incident. Titled “Beating of Disabled Teenager Highlights a Crime That Often Goes Unpunished,” it portrayed the crime as a hate crime against the disabled.

It began saying: “The appalling video seized the nation’s attention this week: A group of young people kidnapped, bound, beat, slashed, gagged, humiliated and threatened to kill a teenager with mental disabilities over nearly three days, and laughed about it as they carried out their acts.”

And the left talks about right-wing “fake news.”

2. The Chicago police also downplayed the most obvious aspect of the case.

The police spokesman, Commander Kevin Duffin, said at a news conference: “Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids; they are legally adults, but they’re young adults, and they make stupid decisions.”

And Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the act could not be labeled a hate crime: “I think some of it is just stupidity, people just ranting about something that they think might make a headline. I don’t think that at this point we have anything concrete to really point us in that direction, but we’ll keep investigating.”

After the Chicago Police Department was attacked nationally for such remarks, it eventually concluded that it was indeed a hate crime.

3. Aside from the media’s reaction, imagine what black America’s reaction would have been had the races been reversed. The NAACP, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Congressional Black Caucus, the white left — led by the irresponsible Southern Poverty Law Center — and the mainstream media would have led an outburst of national hysteria about Trump-unleashed hate. And there would have been riots in Chicago and many other major American cities.

4. The most frightening aspect of the crime was that the racist sadists who committed it broadcast it live on Facebook, laughing all the way through. In this regard, they share something frightening with the Islamic State group. Unlike the Nazis and Communists, who tried their best to hide their atrocities, radical Islamists and these young blacks made every effort to inform the world about them.

This is actually a new low in the long, dark history of human evil. It is horrific enough to commit great evil. But to be proud of it to the point of wanting the world to know about it, that is a new level of evil.

5. A universal root of modern evil is the belief that one — or one’s group — is, more than anything else, a victim, especially when it is based on a mostly false narrative. There would not have been a Nazi movement without the belief that the Germans were victims. That gave them the green light to hurt others with impunity. So has the vast lie that permeates the Islamic world — that it is a victim of the West. And the same goes for individuals whose primary identity is that of victim.

The left’s narrative that says blacks are victims more than anything else — of “systemic” racism, racist police, racist banks, racist universities and white privilege — will inevitably lead to more violence on the part of blacks. People who see themselves as victims lose their conscience — especially when they aren’t.

It is yet another way in which Democrats and the left have worsened the state of black America specifically and worsened the state of America in general.


My reason for posting Mr. Prager’s excellent article was not to rehash the racist beating itself. By now, anyone who might be interested has no doubt heard about it and probably seen the video.

No, the reason for revisiting the subject is to point out Mr. Prager’s exposure of the bias of our so-called major news media, most notably the Associated Press and the New York Times. News outlets that were two of the nation’s primary news sources in years past. Now, they’ve been exposed as slanting their reporting to support their liberal political ideology. Neither reporting entity can be depended on to report objectively any longer. The way that they slanted their reporting on this particular incident is a perfect example of their biased reporting.

If you’re interested in getting the real, objective news without bias, I suggest that you AVOID either the Associated Press (AP) or The New York Times (NYT).





Categories: Political


12 replies

  1. This is very true! If the sides were switched, it would be a totally different story with “racism” plastered all over headlines. No one comments that racism can be used against all races, white or African-American. Society has become so hypocritical, it really disgusts me. This case should be published as equally as it would if the races were switched, because both cases would be just as equally horrific and disgraceful.


  2. Never was a follower of the NYT, but I remember back in the day when the AP was the reliable go-to source for the truth. They generally always had the story first and all the other news sources simply trusted and quoted them. The news was just that – the news, and there were no political agendas tied to stories they published.Now it’s all about PC, analysis and conjecture.

    Indeed, the mindset of these thugs and the others attacking people, is the same as ISIS and no amount of compassion or negotiations will solve the problem. It needs to be dealt with square-on and firmly so that people realize this behavior isn’t tolerated in the US. O could have fixed it, but he was too busy reveling in it. Can Trump fix it? I don’t know, but he’d better give it a shot at least. It’s time to make believers out of these punks.


    • Me neither, Kathy, but the AP is different since like you said, many other news entities just used the AP reporting as reliable and distributed their stuff like it was Gospel. As I replied to CW, I have some hope that Trump’s strategy of confronting them directly and rebutting their lies and slanted reporting will result in the public placing even less reliance on big media’s reporting – that’ll eventually hurt them in their revenue.


  3. Dennis Prager is one of the most ethical, morally right conservative thinkers in America. I listen to him on radio when I can. (In stead of Rush).
    I found it amazing that the news and police finally called this a hate crime but hate against mentally challenged. That is so laughable. When they don’t see racism for what it really has become. Black on white racism.

    Of course the news is what it is today. Rubbish.

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  4. That was indeed an excellent essay by Dennis Prager, Garnet.

    This list of so-called “news” agencies that we must now avoid if we don’t want biased reporting is too long to mention. Prager’s article highlights what those of us on the right have understood for a very long time, which is that bias in reporting is more often about what is UNsaid rather than what’s said. It is why this whole sudden interest in “fake news” is so absurd. The Left has been regularly dealing in fake news since they got into publishing. If I bother to read them at all, I view every single thing they write with a heavy dose of suspicion.

    Another point by Prager was also very interesting:

    Prager said of the four black tormenters: >>”…they share something frightening with the Islamic State group.”

    In my view what they share is their mentality. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that ISIS and its quest to brutally dominate and subjugate others has attracted the interest of so many blacks here in this country. It has nothing to do with religious beliefs and everything to do with a sadistic desire to perpetrate violence. Clearly it’s a mindset that’s taken root within certain subcultures and becomes reinforced as the violent-minded find others that are susceptible to the mindset and they feed off of each other to the extent that they lose their fears of rejection by civil society. Americans should be very wary of what’s festering here.


    • By keeping their bias in the form of half the story, they avoid the outright lie… but that’s just to delay and allow the half truth to win the day. Morally speaking, media — leftist media — will tell direct lies if they deem it necessary to advance the narrative. Pathetic and evil they are says I. Ahrrr!


    • It’s true that the majority of “news” agencies lean left, but this article was highlighting a couple of the most visible and well known as examples of how when the “big guys” massage a story to suit their agenda, it must be ok for the smaller entities to do it as well. That’s one thing that Trump is doing – calling attention to the big media as liars and politically influenced. I’m hoping that after a few years of watching their approval ratings continue to plunge, the media may re-think their procedures.


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