The women are recovering in a local hospital. The men are believed to be between 12 and 17 years old, police say
As horrific as the crime was, few are surprised it could happen in that neighborhood or that city. Last year, Parenting magazine named Wilmington the most dangerous city in America.
Wilmington managed to snag the number one spot on our list for highest rate of violent crimes per 100,000 people.
And while the overall state of Delaware ranked moderately well in the peace index (which looked at factors such as police per capita, percentage of population behind bars and access to small arms), Wilmington came in the top spot for sex offenders per capita.
The park where the assault took place is located in the Hedgeville neighborhood of Wilmington. This used to be the center of the city’s Polish community in the 1960’s. But today it is largely a black neighborhood, with a smattering of Hispanics and white urban pioneers.
Violent crime is an every day fact of life in and around that neighborhood. Local political officials are often found at crime scenes, promising to end the violence that regularly racks this city of 70,000.
Despite the periodic outbursts to the contrary, city leaders are surprisingly tolerant of violent crime.
At a recent meeting, the Wilmington city council voted unanimously to remove the box that convicted felons have to check on city employment forms. In the two hour discussion of repatriating violent felons back to Wilmington after they serve their sentences, not one council member mentioned in any way the thousands of victims of violent crime in the city.
Neither did one councilperson refer to the 80 percent rate of recidivism that local felons experience after they are released from state prison.
In 2011, a local pastor was a victim of the Knockout Game when he was set upon by 5 to 10 black people. At a community meeting two nights later, the bishop of a black church said the white people in attendance only cared about crime when it was in their neighborhoods.
A few days after that, the pastor of one of the largest black congregations in the state said: “This violence in our community – you don’t think it has something to do with the last 400 years?” Rev. Lawrence M. Livingston told the News Journal, “We didn’t create this stuff – all this mess.”
The meeting to protest the violence was held in his church.
The news reporting on the crime did surprise some people. The local Wilmington paper dutifully said the the police were searching for “teens” of unspecified race.
Lots of local readers noticed the omission: “Maybe they could get some help finding these youths if they would give a description,” said Michael Harmon in the News Journal web site. “They already know the ages somehow. whenever they got the ages of these idiots maybe someone could give them the race.”
Another commenter, representing the huge portion of people who used to live in the city but now live in the suburbs, said “the once great city of Wilmington has become just another urban jungle….overrun and in many ways taken over by savages.”
But the local CBS affiliate in nearby Philadelphia made more than one jaw drop by listing details from the police report that were omitted from local stories: The alleged perps were black.
“They didn’t (list the race) at first,” said one reader of the CBS coverage. “They got called out in the comments and about 400 posts later, they silently updated without saying “update”.”
If one reader gave the station credit for coming around to reporting the description eventually; other said it was inevitable.
Very interesting to see a legacy media outlet willing to publish the ethnicity of the perps as opposed to the usual euphemistic description of “teens”, which of course everyone knows by now almost always means “black youths”.
On the other hand, we’re starting to see a bit more honest reporting out of TV station news, since it’s so hard to hide the truth when one is reporting visual images rather than just lying with words.
Many readers agreed. But other said reporting the race of the alleged predators was racist.
Several cases of black mob violence in Wilmington were documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.
Last year, shooting broke out at a soccer game a mile from this rape. One person died, and police found shell casings from 14 guns at the scene.
Earlier in August, Wilmington police responded to a crime scene were 100 black people had been fighting in the streets. Four people were shot. None died.
The recently elected mayor Dennis Williams said he wanted to get tough on crime. But would wait until he had more community support to do so.
The mayor supports a version of the stop and frisk program, known locally as “junp out squads.” But an opponent in last year’s election said if that started in Wilmington, he would was going to place the number to the local branch of the ACLU on his speed dial.
These are just some of the hundreds of examples of racial violence and lawlessness in more than 80 cities around the country as documented in my book: White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America.
Thomas Sowell said : ”Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities.” – National Review.
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And at least one news outlet did not ignore the race.
Preview of a story at WND.com