White violence and Black protests during the 1918 flu have a lesson for today
By Kristen Rogers, CNN
Updated 3:19 AM ET, Tue February 16, 2021
… Violence instigated by White people, violent police encounters and protests for racial justice were rampant in Philadelphia during the 1918 flu pandemic. George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis, was killed by a White policeman in May 2020. That killing and others by police led to the Black Lives Matter movement gaining momentum over the summer, in terms of national and global reach, numbers of protests and new supporters beyond Black communities.
… “We may not be able to establish casualty scientifically or historically between the outbreak of disease and the virus of racism, but we understand all too well that when we fear for our very lives, our mortality can shred our civility,” Brown said in an unpublished paper on the topic. “This dread exposes a primal panic that unleashes the violent human impulse to blame and hurt others in ways inexcusable. There are many lessons we’ve learned from looking at the history of pandemics, but some, regrettably, we never seem to take to heart.”
… “What you have in the early 1900s and today is rising nativism, White ethnocentrism and White supremacy,” Hardy said. “After World War I is when you witness the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan which, in the 1920s, becomes a major political force. … The culture wars that we’re witnessing today are very much reminiscent of the culture wars in the 1920s. It’s basically fear of a White minority.”
“There are chilling parallels between what we have seen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with the revelation of quite brutal police killings of African Americans and what actually happened back in 1918,” Brown said.
“That story is a very sobering one — not least for which it reminds us that this kind of violence against the African American community is nothing new, sadly,” he said. “We know how long it’s been around, but when it comes to pandemics, it’s been around for well over a century.”
In contrast, here’s a not bad article that despite lots of Crimestop turns out to be about some of the things that are actually going on in Philadelphia right now:
By Aaron Moselle February 2, 2021
The new year is off to a violent start in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Police Department recorded 50 homicides in January, a 32% increase over last year, the deadliest in three decades. The tally, which includes the accidental shooting of a 9-year-old girl for which her father and 12-year-old brother have been charged, is the highest the city has reported at this point in the year since 2007.
Non-fatal shootings have also continued to surge. More than 140 people were shot this month, a 71% jump over this time last year.
The majority of people shot are Black men. The list of victims also includes nearly a dozen children under the age of 18.
“This is crazy times we’re living in right now,” said Isaac “Ikey Raw” Gardner, who leads Unsolved Murders in Philly.
At this rate, Philadelphia could set new records for shootings and homicides, a grim prospect for a city still reeling from the unrelenting gun violence that made last year one of the most violent in history in the midst of a global pandemic.
Thirty-eight people were murdered in January 2020, a year that ended with 499 murders, one shy of the highest total recorded since 1960.
The city has reported 60 more shootings the first month of this year than in January 2020. Last year ended with more than 2,200 shooting victims, more than double the year-end total in 2015.
Experts say the pandemic likely drove much of last year’s spike in shootings and murders. They suspect that trend will continue for much of 2021, even as cities slowly inoculate residents against COVID-19.
Gardner, whose group counsels families who have lost loved ones to gun violence, said the current level of bloodshed won’t abate until face masks are no longer part of daily life.
The prevalence of face masks, he said, has emboldened shooters by giving them an easy way to conceal their identities, while making it harder for homicide investigators to clear cases.
“A lot of people that’s beefing with each other, they don’t have no issue about pulling their gun out wherever and shooting,” said Gardner.
When I was a kid watching cowboy shows on TV, masks (such as bandanas), were associated with bandits. Now they are seen as symbols of pro-social virtue. But they still work the same in making it easier to get away with crimes.
… The department’s homicide clearance rate dropped significantly last year. Police say shooters wearing face masks is a big reason why.
In the short-term, the department is looking into ways to stop social media disputes from escalating into gun violence, she said.
“Overall, the PPD has noticed a trend in homicides and shootings that point to disputes via social media and social media playing an increased role in violent confrontations between individuals,” said Reilly.
The Establishment is obsessing over the need to censor social media to prevent a once in a decade white riot that got one unarmed woman killed by law enforcement. In contrast, barely anybody talks about how social media seems to drive a lot of black-on-black murders in the ‘hood.
Of course, there is no mention in this article of the media-declared Racial Reckoning or of Philadelphia’s Soros-backed radical district attorney.