In the space of a few hours the blog stats went sky high. As we were examining the web traffic we found this article at the Post and Courier.
We will give credit where credit is due and state our belief that Glenn Smith did a decent job on the article. He obviously spent some time on the blog and he was one of the media folks who wanted to meet with us. Glenn also visited the usual suspects for comment, to include Dot Scott of the NAACP.
Let us make a point. The reader can do the necessary research (as we have done) to prove we are correct. We made a statement that indicated we weren't targeting black thugs. We stand by that statement, though black thugs are the prevalent subjects on the blog. We have pointed out the white thug associates of some of those featured on the site. White thugs tend to be harder to pin down because we have found they aren't prone to putting their business on the internet, e.g. occupation listing of 'drug dealer' or posing with guns and cash. It doesn't mean they don't exist, it just means they are harder to find.
The other point we would like to make is this. We started this adventure on Carlton Pringle's Facebook Page. We examined the pages of everyone in his friends list. We then examined all of the friends listed on the friends lists of his friends, and kept investigating in that manner. All but two of the subjects profiled can be traced back to Carlton Pringle's friends list. Think of it as a family tree or an organizational chart with Pringle at the top. Interesting, isn't it?
Dot Scott is an ignorant fool who follows the tried and true methodology of most alleged black advocacy groups and tries to turn an 'aw shit' by one of their group into an 'oh shit now we have a big check' moment for the organization and the evil-doer. Read the news, you see it every other day. The unfortunate thing is people like Dot Scott and her long corrupted group only make things worse for the folks they claim to represent. It is possible they never read, or simply didn't understand the story of the boy who cried wolf. They have cried wolf so many times their impact is diluted. As a result, when someone needs an organization to assist with an actual problem and chooses the NAACP, their claims are immediately viewed with suspicion and acrimony. Why? Because the NAACP has a horrible track record of jumping on the wrong cases and horrifically inflating them with fraudulent claims and ridiculous demands.
There is no racial profiling here, Dot. There is only truth. You are just upset that we are bringing the truth to light and severely narrowing the list of possible candidates for your next 'choirboy'. Has anyone else noticed that whenever a source exposes the true extent of the crime problem in the black community Dot Scott and the NAACP claim the writer/publisher/commentator has 'set back the discussion over racial justice and equality'? Here is a novel idea, Dot. Why not just acknowledge the problem instead of trying to conceal it and then devote your considerable resources to solving it. If you did that - we wouldn't exist.
Hey Dot!! Here's a little secret for you. We are a multi-ethnic group of citizen researchers.
And our definition of the 'NAACP' acronym will be changing. We just haven't been feeling creative lately. For the next week it will be "National Organization for Agitating Colored People". Stick around, they will get better.
Let us clear something up. We have never claimed to be journalists. Some of us have taken the courses but we all chose more honorable professions. We are researchers and bloggers. That being said, Glenn could have chosen someone with more reliable credentials than a stint at CNN. Seriously? The 'Check Nothing Never' network? We feel slighted.
Why is it the news media always labels those who tell the stories they won't 'vigilantes'? They lash out with that word when the narrative being told is something they have been refusing to cover for years.
Look Bierbauer - You weren't the best 'professor', but most overlooked that just to get the diploma. Take that however you want. :)
If you weren't afraid of the truth you would recognize that strife and division were already present in the community. There is strife and division between the police and the decent citizens because of the type of slanted media coverage you participated in and advocate. We can't think of anything more strident than the cry from law abiding citizens to be protected from the types of people featured here. Someone of your political bent should be happy blogs like this exist and citizens take time to dig up and report this information. You got paid to do it and still shirked your full responsibilities. Otherwise there may come a time when true vigilantism takes root and things get very ugly.
Once again - thanks for reading and a huge thank you to all the unknown citizens who have contributed links, photos and other content. We encourage folks in other communities to take a stand and duplicate our efforts.
The Charleston Thug Life Team