Midnight Monday: Just got back from a session of one of my dinner clubs in NYC. Our speaker this evening was Colin Flaherty, author of White Girl Bleed A Lot.
Colin is a very impressive guy, an old-style just-the-facts reporter with no ideological axe to grind. He frames no hypotheses. Even when I suggested that social networking via smartphones may have something to do with the rash of black mob violence his book reports on, Colin just shrugged. "I don`t get into reasons or causes, I just tell you what`s happening."
What`s happening, as the book makes indisputably clear is, first, black mob violence against nonblack persons and property, and second, appalling indifference, denial, and cover-up by police and the media.
Colin may not have been framing any hypotheses, but we, his listeners, were less restrained.
A common opinion around the dinner-table was that nonblack weakness and ethnomasochism have generated contempt among antisocial young blacks. "It’s not our fault you can’t fight," jeered one of the black mob beating and kicking a white victim in Philadelphia last summer. He had a point.
There are, I think, two possible reactions to Colin`s book: (1) What on earth is wrong with black people? and (2) What on earth is wrong with nonblack people? My dinner companions leaned towards the latter, as do I.
It was a pleasure to meet Colin and hear what he had to say. I wish him all success with his book.