Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took to the pulpit on Sunday and delivered an address condemning the teens committing “flash mob” attacks in Center City.
“You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged your own race,” he said. “You damaged your own race.
“If you want . . . anybody else to respect you and not be afraid when they see you walking down the street, then leave the innocent people who are walking down the street minding their own damn business. Leave them alone.”
Nutter’s 30-minute sermon in front of a white-robed choir invoked rousing applause from the packed house at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, in West Philadelphia, where he’s been a member for 25 years.
The only problem was that the median age of the congregation appeared about four times that of the 11- to 19-year-olds who have randomly accosted Center City pedestrians this summer in large groups of mostly black youths.
“He might be preaching to the choir,” said church member Carol Lee, 59, of Upper Darby, “but I