Phillie Newspaper Excuses “Teenagers” Engaged in Mob Violence

The mob violence included assault and robbery, but “children” only act up because they detect “something wrong.”

The editors of the Philadelphia Inquirer want to assure readers that recent mob violence was an anomaly that happened because the police weren’t aware of a local event that drew together a large group of “teens” or “young people.”

Here’s a fuller view from a security cam of the “teens” assaulting pizza deliverers (off-camera), then run away scarfing down stolen pizza.

On one level, the editors are pretending this is an anomaly with no racial context. At the same time, they basically say that it is not the “children’s” fault. They’re just reacting to something wrong. And the something wrong, you are expected to know, is white systemic racism.

The melee started after a crowd of teenagers left Club Coda, at 17th and Walnut Streets, following an anti-smoking event, according to First Deputy Managing Director Brian Abernathy. Others who had been at the event, spread their mayhem as far as 15th and Market Streets, where a 16-year-old girl allegedly kicked and punched a SEPTA officer who was helping city police break up the crowd. Police arrested the girl, of Juniata Park, and a 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy after police saw him punching a person in the crowd.


Mayor Kenney promises increased police presences in the city for the foreseeable future. That’s good. But underneath the street fights is a troubling question arising from the nature of children. They often react to something wrong in their worlds without fully understanding what they are doing. Pinpointing their underlying fears, anger and frustrations and addressing them can protect all of us and our sense of civility.

By the way, here’s another “isolated” incident from a Philadelphia suburb this summer:

Read the entire Philadelphia Inquirer editorial.

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