A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression, such as this wonderful Christmas flash mob.
Flash mobs are organized via cell phones, social media such as Facebook, or viral emails. A 2011 Pew poll found that Blacks and Latinos are more likely than the general U.S. population to access the Web by cell phones, but that they are using their increased Web access more for entertainment and social media than for information empowerment.
Woefully, some blacks in the United States are giving a new and very ugly meaning to the term “flash mob” because their flash mobs are not for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and satire expression. Black “flash mobs” are for the purposes of robbery, thuggery, assault, intimidation and terrorizing. Here are some examples of black flash mobs that I’ve posted on FOTM:
- 300 blacks descended on and pillaged a Florida Walmart, July 2012.
- Gangs of black teens, numbering some 150, attacked parkgoers in Oregon’s Laurelhurst Park, June 2012.
- A mob of 100 black teens attacked a white couple in Norfolk, VA, May 2012.
- A black mob viciously attacked a white tourist in Baltimore, MD, March 2012.
- A “large” group of blacks and Hispanics attacked four white men in Denver, CO, September 2011.
- “Hundreds” of blacks rioted at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, August 2011.
- A black flash mob invaded and looted a 7-11 convenience store in Germantown, MD, August 2011.
- See more examples by going here.
In fact, last year the National Retail Federation estimates that about one in ten stores in the United States had been the victim of a “flash mob” invasion and robbery. Here’s the latest incident.
CBS Chicago reports, July 29, 2012, that a “flash mob” of about 20 “teens” stole more than $3,000 worth of jeans from Mildblend Supply Co., a Wicker Park store.
Notice that CBS Chicago, like the media reports for all the other black flash mob incidents listed above, refuses to give the racial identity of the 20 “teens.” But you and I have eyes, so we can see from both the pic below and the video at the end of this post, that these “teens” are black.
This is what CBS Chicago reports (I’ve colored the word “teens” in red to highlight CBS Chicago’s cowardly and deceptive omission of the word “black” before the word “teens”):
After posting surveillance video of a flash mob robbery online and sharing the video with CBS 2 News, a Wicker Park store owner said he and police have received several tips about the group of about 20 teens responsible for stealing more than $3,000 worth of jeans over the weekend.
CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports Mildblend Supply Co. owner Luke Cho posted the surveillance video on YouTube, hoping the images help police find the robbers, or maybe even shame the parents of the teens enough that they’ll turn the kids in.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department said the case is being actively investigated.
CBS 2′s Courtney Gousman reports, in the meantime, Cho said tips have been rolling into his store ever since posting surveillance video of the robbery on YouTube and sharing the video with CBS 2, which first aired the video on Sunday.
From the moment the teens started flooding in the door his store on Milwaukee Avenue around 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Cho knew something wasn’t right. “You see a group a group of teenagers walking in – or marching in – one-by-one. As you can see, it looks like it’s some kind of procession,” Cho said while reviewing the surveillance video on Sunday.
To Cho, it looked like a flash mob was about to rob the store, so he immediately locked the door. “At least I think I kind of maybe stopped the flow a little bit, but I quickly realized something bad’s about to happen, and I alerted my staff to call 911,” Cho said.
Most of the group flocked to an corner of the store right beneath a security camera, and appeared to know exactly what they were looking for: an exclusive, expensive brand of jeans called Nudie Jeans, which average about $200 a pair.
“We happen to be one of the few that sell Nudie Jeans in the city,” Cho said. Cho said he doesn’t think the jeans are all that special, but they’ve become popular because a famous rapper was filmed wearing them.
After grabbing the jeans, the teens tried to get out of store, but not before doing more shopping, stuffing their backpacks with merchandise, while other teens outside tried to get in. “At the time when I locked the door, they’re banging on the door,” Cho said.
Eventually, the teens figured out how to unlock the door themselves, and rushed into the streets, which were packed with crowds from the Wicker Park Fest, making it easier to blend in.
Cho called the incident organized looting, pure and simple.
Cho said he’s received all kinds of tips about the guys who executed this robbery. “We have … customers coming in to identify some of the kids in the video,” he said.
Cho said, out of the 22 people he believes were part of the flash mob, he actually has names for about six of them. He also said police have received tips on the robbery.
Cho said he even knew one of the teens he believes was involved. “I recognized him, because I caught him shoplifting here, and I didn’t call the police. I called the parents,” he said.
Monday morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he’s taken the issue up with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. “I’ve talked to … Garry McCarthy and the Police Department. They’re looking into that and we’ll get back on that,” Emanuel said.
Other business owners in Wicker Park said they fear it could happen again. Belmont Army owner Tony Lee said, “There’s only so much you can do to prevent that. If someone really wants to do it, what are you going to do?”
Ironically, Cho said his store will be promoting Nudie Jeans during a special event on Aug. 9. He said, since the flash mob robbery, he’s hired police officers to secure that event.
Another Wicker Park store manager said he’s familiar with these flash mobs, from working at a downtown business. He said much of the stolen merchandise is often sold on the city’s public transportation routes.
Here’s the video of the black flash rob: