Do you remember the lawless flash mobs in Philadelphia? On Aug. 9, 2011 a flash mob gathered on South Street in Philadelphia. You can see the crimes being committed in the videos below. For example, a group of deviants are kicking and punching someone on the ground next to a car. Assault is a crime and flash mobs committing them are a community issue that is deplorable in our society, and cannot be taken lightly. It’s also against the law to attack people. Moreover, you can see in this first video how fast a counter culture is formed with modern technology. Case in point, this group of teenagers are going against main stream culture, and committing crimes of assault. In addition, this video also shows the bystander effect happening. For example, it is when a crime takes place and, because a large group of people are there standing around and watching; they don’t call for help or call the police. They think that someone else will call for assistance. As a result, no one helps the victim. Additionally, the Mayor of Philadelphia was initially subjected to ethnocentrism, and the crowd not calling for help was exposed to the bystander effect. These sociological effects are unknowingly exposed in the below video.
Mayor Michael Nutter was originally in denial about the Philadelphia flash mobs as something not deviant or criminal, because the group that formed was of his own ethnicity. Furthermore, my above video is a perfect example of this. It is called ethnocentrism and it is cause by one’s shared culture. Our Mayor, Mr. Michael Nutter says, “Not a whole lot happen.” Meanwhile, the video shows the criminal activity and clear evidence of two assaults that took place on South Street. The first assault was a man that was interviewed and you can see his bruises. In addition, the news reported that a woman was attacked for no reason. Our Mayor indirectly says in the video, that he blames his misunderstanding of the crimes that were committed by the flash mob on the wrong official facts being reported, but not the news media. This is just another example of ethnocentrism- when one cannot see something from a world view, because it is happening from within one’s own group.
Furthermore, I also think that ethnocentrism and the bystander effect are unjust and wrong. It’s also a shame that people sometime suffer from these sociological effects. For example, ethnocentrism is that one may be close-mined to reality, and the bystander effect is when a large group of people witness a crime and nobody steps in to help the victim. In my opinion, these sociological effects are also criminal.
To conclude, I agree with the police commissar, Chief Charles Ramsey in the second video above. He says, “It’s no joke, and if you do think it is, you have another thing coming. It is serious crime(s) being committed.” Criminal or deviant behavior, such as, attacking another human being is unacceptable in our society. As a result, these juvenile delinquents deserve to be held accountable for their crimes and actions, and are lucky no victims were killed.