A very dan­ger­ous game

Sup­pres­sion of news about racial at­tacks al­lows the vi­o­lence to fes­ter

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion - By Thomas Sow­ell

New York City po­lice au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of un­pro­voked phys­i­cal at­tacks in pub­lic places on peo­ple who are Jewish, in the form of what is called “Knock­out.” The way the game is played, one of a num­ber of young blacks de­cides to show that he can knock down some stranger on the streets, prefer­ably with one punch, as they pass by. Of­ten some other mem­ber of the group records the event, so that a video of that “achieve­ment” is put on the In­ter­net, to be cel­e­brated.

The New York au­thor­i­ties de­scribe a re­cent se­ries of such at­tacks and, be­cause Jews have been sin­gled out in th­ese at­tacks, are con­sid­er­ing pros­e­cut­ing th­ese as­saults as “hate crimes.”

Many as­pects of th­ese crimes are ex­tremely painful to think about, in­clud­ing the fact that re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties in New York seem to have been caught by sur­prise, even though this “game” has been played for years by young black gangs in other cities and other states, against peo­ple be­sides Jews — the vic­tims be­ing ei­ther whites in gen­eral or peo­ple of Asian an­ces­try.

At­tacks of this sort have been ram­pant in St. Louis, but they have also oc­curred in Mas­sachusetts, Wis­con­sin and else­where. In Illi­nois, the game has of­ten been called “Po­lar Bear Hunt­ing” by the young thugs, pre­sum­ably be­cause the tar­gets are white.

The main rea­son for many peo­ple’s sur­prise is that the main­stream me­dia have usu­ally sup­pressed news about “Knock­out” or about other and larger forms of sim­i­lar or­ches­trated racial vi­o­lence in dozens of cities in ev­ery re­gion of the coun­try. Some­times, the at­tacks are re­ported, but only as iso­lated at­tacks by un­spec­i­fied “teens” or “young peo­ple” against un­spec­i­fied vic­tims, with­out any ref­er­ence to the racial makeup of the at­tack­ers or the vic­tims — and with no men­tion of racial ep­i­thets by the young hood­lums ex­ult­ing in their own “achieve­ment.”

De­spite such pious phrases as “trou­bled youths,” the at­tack­ers are of­ten in a merry, fes­tive mood. In a sus­tained mass at­tack in Mil­wau­kee, go­ing far be­yond the di­men­sions of a pass­ing “Knock­out,” the at­tack­ers were laugh­ing and eat­ing chips, as if it were a pic­nic. One of them ob­served ca­su­ally: “White girl bleed a lot.”

That phrase — “White Girl Bleed A Lot” — is also the ti­tle of a book by Colin Fla­herty, which doc­u­ments both the racial at­tacks across the na­tion and the me­dia at­tempts to cover them up, as well as the lo­cal po­lit­i­cal and po­lice of­fi­cials who try to say that race had noth­ing to do with th­ese at­tacks.

Chap­ter 2 of the 2013 edi­tion is ti­tled, “The Knock­out Game, St. Louis Style.” So this is noth­ing new, how­ever new it may be to some in New York, thanks to the me­dia’s po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

Nor is this game just a pass­ing prank. Peo­ple have been beaten un­con­scious, both in this game and in the wider, or­ches­trated racial at­tacks. Some of th­ese vic­tims have been per­ma­nently dis­abled, and some have died from their in­juries.

Most of the me­dia see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. In such an at­mos­phere, the evil not only per­sists, but grows.

Some in the me­dia, as well as in pol­i­tics, may think that they are try­ing to avoid pro­vok­ing a race war by ig­nor­ing or play­ing down th­ese at­tacks. The way to pre­vent a race war, though, is by stop­ping th­ese at­tacks, not try­ing to san­i­tize them.

If th­ese at­tacks con­tinue, and con­tinue to grow, more and more peo­ple are go­ing to know about them, re­gard­less of the me­dia or the politi­cians.

Re­spon­si­ble peo­ple of all races need to sup­port a crack­down on th­ese at­tacks, which can pro­voke a white back­lash that can es­ca­late into a race war. But po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency leads in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

What is po­lit­i­cally ex­pe­di­ent is to do what At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric H. Holder Jr. is do­ing — launch­ing cam­paigns against schools that dis­ci­pline a “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” num­ber of black male stu­dents. New York City’s newly elected lib­eral mayor is ex­pected to put a stop to po­lice “stop and frisk” poli­cies that have re­duced the mur­der rate to one-fourth of what it was un­der lib­eral may­ors of the past.

Ap­par­ently, po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness trumps hu­man lives.

Pro­vid­ing cover for hood­lums is a dis­ser­vice to every­body, in­clud­ing mem­bers of ev­ery race, and even the hood­lums them­selves. Bet­ter that they should be sup­pressed and pun­ished now rather than con­tinue on a path that is likely to lead to prison, or even to the ex­e­cu­tion


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