I have never listened to Atlanta talk radio host Neal Boortz. After hearing his latest comments on shooting “urban thugs,” I probably never will. No matter if I’m an advocate of his opinion or not, the suggestion he offers speaks to the racial animosity hurled toward minorities.

Boortz, also known as The Talkmaster, Mighty Whitey and The High Priest of The Church of the Painful Truth, gained much public scrutiny after his comments were featured on the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC.

Boortz stated:

“We got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I’ll tell you what it’s going to take. You people, you are – you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun… We need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta. We need more dead thugs in this city.”

There is an impressive lineage that links “urban thugs” with social disorganization. Impressive in the sense that the term is often racially charged code for the Black community.

Somewhere in our American history, we should have learned that violence against violence never solves any problem. Instead, we’re constantly cosigning advice where people are running around committing acts of violence simply because someone encouraged them. The issue that needs to be discussed is how to combat violence, not inflicting havoc on “urban thugs.” After hearing the quotes being blast from Twitter to news sites, the racist rhetoric rings loud.

Despite the frequency of hate crimes targeted towards the Black community, we have seen this type of anti-thug rhetoric before in the case of lynching. The notion where majority leaders often assail against minorities during times of economic or political oppression shows why comments like this can easily take flight. Highlighting “urban thugs” is an easy target due to the negative connotation those two words carry.

The lack of continued and widespread acceptance of these ideas demonstrates how we assign terms to certain communities. Let us not forget these “urban thugs” exist within white, Latino and other racial/ethnic communities. However, in the Black community, some have reinforced this term by racial tension and lack of tact when presenting disdain.

It is ironic that these comments were expressed around this time. Have we forgotten what happened in June 1987 where Bernhard “subway vigilante” Goetz shot four “thugs” who he thought were trying to rob him? Back then, Goetz shot four unarmed Black youths who approached him on a New York subway train, but was later acquitted of attempted murder and assault. He was, however, convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to prison, but only after bolstering the idea that shooting “thugs” was acceptable.

We have to be cautious of people who constantly spew offensive rhetoric with little substance. Figures like Boortz seek publicity. They are looking to encourage supporters to react while diverting attention from the real issues. Pundits and politicians must realize their authoritative influence. Boortz’s charge, to shoot urban thugs, goes beyond more than just raising ratings and garnering attention – there has to be a better approach. Vigilantism is not the answer.

What do you think of Boortz’s solution to crime in Atlanta? Do you feel his comments were racially charged?

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  • MARK TRAINA

    NAAWP Response to TRAYVON MARTIN’S DEATH and the GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL!

    (07-07-2013)

    FACT: There have been a number of incidents all across AMERICA and throughout EUROPE of BLACK YOUTHS ASSAULTING TOTALLY INNOCENT WHITE and HISPANIC MEN with a single PUNCH. It’s actually called the “KNOCK OUT WHITEY GAME”! The “KOWG” is a DANGEROUS GAME, as a matter of fact, some of the Victims of this Violent Game had Suffered Permanently Debilitating Injuries and others have even Perished. Punching an unsuspecting Person in the Face is the Highest Form of Disrespect. No one should ever be subjected to this unnecessary form of ABUSE.

    FACT: Recently, a YOUNG BLACK THUG in ENGLAND slit the Throat of an unsuspecting ENGLISH SOLDIER, who actually Bled to Death in the middle of a Street in the middle of the day in London! 54-year old Public Service Bus Driver and 50-year old teacher Assaulted in the Northeast Section of AMERICA. A Hispanic Man and his Wife were Violently Assaulted in California. Sadly, the Hispanic Man Died from his Injuries.

    FACT: A YOUNG BLACK THUG by the name of “ELEX MURPHY” currently Reins as the “KNOCK OUT WHITEY KING of AMERICA”

    FACT: FLORIDA DISTRICT ATTORNEY Angela Corey new full-well that GEORGE ZIMMERMAN had fallen VICTIM to the “KNOCK OUT WHITEY GAME”, she also knew that TRAYVON MARTIN had actually walked up to GEORGE ZIMMMERMAN and Broke his Nose with a single unprovoked Punch to the Face. A Punch that actually sent Zimmerman down on the sidewalk where TRAYVON jumped on top of him and began to profusely Bang his Head on the Ground while telling him “YOU ARE GONNA DIE TONIGHT”! At that point ZIMMERMAN drew his Gun from his Jacket Pocket and ended TRAYVON’S VIOLENT LIFE.

    FACTS: TRAYVON MARTIN was a very Troubled Youth, he was involved with Drugs, Thugs and Gang Bangers. His personal Goal was to become a UFC Fighter. TRAYVON was also a Troubled Student and was actually out of school on a Suspension for Simple Possession of Marijuana Residue at the time of his Death. School Officials have Reported Numerous Incidences of Fighting, Disrespect for Authority, Noncompliance and Willful Disobedience.

    FACT: TRAYVON MARTIN was not the Innocent little 10-year old the LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL MEDIA made him out to be, but rather a BIG BLACK 17-year old THUG well on his way to becoming a UFC FIGHTER!

    Our Condolences go out to both Families who have Suffered Greatly over this very sad Incident! An incident that certainly could have easily been avoided if early on TRAYVON had been taught to keep his Hands to Himself! A lesson that the NAAWP Hopes other YOUNG BLACK YOUTHS” will Learn from this Terrible Altercation between two People who didn’t even know one another!

    MARK TRAINA
    NAAWP-PRESIDENT, CEO and NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

    FACT: 33,000 WHITE WOMEN were RAPED by BLACK MEN in 2012. During that EXACT same time period 8-BLACK WOMEN were RAPED by WHITE MEN!

    FACT: BLACK on WHITE VIOLENT CRIME MUST CEASE if AMERICA is to SURVIVE!

  • Ward Randolf Kendall

    Negroids are the worst thing that have ever happened to America. Imported as two-legged farm animals, they served their function for a few brief years then became obsolete as white men—their brains pulsating with ultra-high intelligence—invented new ways to harvest cotton, thus dooming the negroid forever to the EBT line. Now, reduced to nothing more than a worthless weight around the neck of white society, they have devolved into marauding Urban Thugz, no different than African jackals (but far less intelligent) who roam the streets searching for helpless prey. Cowardly, stupid, unbathed, and ugly, they nevertheless are dangerous creatures that need to be put down at every opportunity. So Neil Boortz is right: shoot the negroid. Shoot him in the day, shoot him in the night. Shoot him when he’s coming, shoot him when he’s going. But shoot him. For he is the savage beast that must die.