Knocking out a problem

Sudden assault phenomenon requires color-blind justice

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In major U.S. cities, street mobs gather with the intent to single out a random individual for a brutal beating in the name of entertainment.

In this game, where the object is to punch, kick and stomp the victim unconscious, perpetrators record the attacks with cellphone cameras and share the videos later with friends on social media sites.

It’s called the “knockout game,” and many media outlets refused to report on it when the trend started to emerge years ago. The coverage is still lacking.

You know the elephant in the room can no longer be ignored when the Rev. Al Sharpton finally comes clean about the problem. Earlier this month, he and other civil rights leaders launched a national “stop the violence” social media campaign in New York, where Jews in the Brooklyn borough have been the most frequent victims of attack.

“It is vicious. It is ugly,” Sharpton said. “It must be stopped.”

Indeed, one looking for evidence of just how brutal – and cowardly – these attacks are need look no further than the latest incident in Rochester, N.Y., where a teenager on probation for a robbery conviction was arrested for assaulting a woman with a roundhouse punch to the back of her head as she exited a store. The 16-year-old alleged assailant and his cameraman face criminal indictments.

The video clip shows the two laughing before the assault and then quickly running away after the woman goes down. “She gonna call the cops,” the cameraman is heard saying as they flee.

We agree with hip-hop legend Russell Simmons, who also has released anti-knockout game videos.

“Why don’t you hit somebody that might hit you back?” he said in one. “I mean, the knockout game is for cowards.”

By 2010, knockout game-style attacks were happening with such frequency that they could no longer be called isolated incidents. Now that they’re being reported more often, a lot of media coverage since then has omitted a recurring narrative from the accounts: Attackers overwhelmingly have been blacks targeting other races.

Shame on the media outlets that failed to give this horrifying trend proper coverage out of fear of political correctness.

Ignoring or downplaying the problem based on racial discomfort won’t make it go away. That being said, however, people who are staking out ideological sides on this issue based solely on skin color are missing the larger point.

Take any racial component out of the coverage, and look at it that way: There has been a noticeable rise of sudden attacks on innocent passers-by, and the assailants keep showing up on social media bragging about it. Is that a problem that law enforcement needs to aggressively pursue? Yes. Do the accused attackers deserve fair hearings under the law? Yes. Do the victims deserve closure? Yes.

When race is pertinent in particular cases, coverage of the knockout-game phenomenon doesn’t have to be color-blind. But what does have to remain color-blind is the administering of justice.

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myfather15
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myfather15 01/18/14 - 03:34 am
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The knock out game is a serious problem.

Do you honestly believe the youths doing this, were taught honor, integrity and dignity, while growing up? Once again, this starts at HOME!! Parents must teach their children to be decent human beings from an early age. They can't wait until they're teenagers, then say "I don't know my little Johnny acts like this." By that times, it's almost too late to start teaching morals and discipline.

Many of these type teenagers have parents with a history of substance abuse, which within itself teaches children immoral behavior. Many of these children were SCREAMING internally for attention when they were growing up. Many just needed their parents to spend quaility time with them. Unfortunately, they just didn't get it. Parents are too caught up in the world to give their children the time they need and deserve.

It's showing in these teenager's behavior and it's getting WORSE!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/18/14 - 06:35 am
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Death Wish, Charles Bronson

You play knockout game, I'll play Death Wish like I'm Charles Bronson. Puncher and cameraman both found looking cross-eyed trying to see where the bullet went in their skulls.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/18/14 - 09:08 am
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That will happen RM

And then we will have some complaining about they stood their ground law......don't care either....this is one of the reasons so many STAND their ground.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/18/14 - 09:14 am
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these are, indeed, O's sons

adopted by government, raised by liberals
and taught by government schools that they are not only victims
but the only victims
young black males are less than 3% of our population
yet commit more than 50% of our violent crimes
but what does one expect?
government schools do not teach them to read
government schools do not teach them to write
government schools do not teach them basic math
are the democrats afraid that if black kids learn to read and write and do arithmetic that they will realize the democratic party has been running one of the biggest scams in history at their expense?
these are, indeed, O's sons
and votes are cast in their names

carcraft
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carcraft 01/18/14 - 09:47 am
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One group of three went after

One group of three went after a cook leaving work. The cooked sliced and diced one, wounded the second and the third ran! One kid was going to tazer a fellow with a CC permit and ended up getting shot . Then there oz the gal in the mall who beat the stew outs the guy. Doesn't always go quite as planned!

teaparty
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teaparty 01/18/14 - 10:05 am
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This just another example of
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This just another example of the mess created by the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/18/14 - 10:35 am
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Bod....way to downplay gang
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Bod....way to downplay gang violence. Kudos to you.

MTBer
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MTBer 01/18/14 - 11:17 am
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Name changed to ignore the truth

Years ago it was called the Polar Bear game by the young, inner-city blacks. A group of blacks, both male and female, would choose a white person (the Polar Bear), it didn't matter if they were young or old, male or female, and they would target them for a quick beat-down. When the media finally started carrying some limited coverage, it was not politically correct to call it a black on white (BoW) crime, so the name of the game was changed to NOT refer to any matter of whites being targeted by, you guessed it, blacks.

Get your heads out of the sand, and do a little digging. Find media outlets other than the MSM, or ultra-liberal papers like the NYT, and you will see what is NOT being reported. It is frightening. What is even more frightening is the fact that this is still being kept extremely quiet, even though people have died and many have been seriously hurt, but the incidents are not reported in the headlines like they should be.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/18/14 - 11:45 am
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@ymnbde

I agree except for this: "raised by liberals". Their mama's aren't liberal, just ignorant.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 01/18/14 - 01:02 pm
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Fear mongering...

This "game" cannot be blamed solely on the black youth.

I've seen plenty of videos of youth of ALL races subscribing to this useless, idiotic trend.

Augusta thinkers think in small bubbles sometimes...

harley_52
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harley_52 01/18/14 - 01:29 pm
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harley_52
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harley_52 01/18/14 - 01:39 pm
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"Augusta thinkers think in small bubbles sometimes.."

Probably a true statement.

But here's another one....condescension doesn't help you make your case.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/18/14 - 01:41 pm
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"I've seen plenty of videos of youth of ALL races...

...subscribing to this useless, idiotic trend."

Define "plenty."

I've looked and I haven't found that same thing. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places. Any suggestions?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/18/14 - 03:36 pm
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"Sudden assault phenomenon

"Sudden assault phenomenon requires color-blind justice"

True. But if you are white, and smart, and walking down the street I would not recommend color-blind awareness. Facts are facts when it comes to the stats on the primary color of those that are perpetrating these cowardly attacks. Justice must be color-blind but you would be stupid to be ignore color when guarding against this threat.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/18/14 - 04:01 pm
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Harley

Because studies show that African Americans are socially more conservative.

The education level of the ones having multiple children out of wedlock (those kids who often go on to be feral) should be self explanatory.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/18/14 - 06:26 pm
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"This "game" cannot be blamed
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"This "game" cannot be blamed solely on the black youth."
You are correct these 'black thugs' have had almost no parental guidance. Hatred towards whites has been preached to them by black leaders all their lives. You are correct is not all their fault. A lot of the fault is shared by the liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/18/14 - 04:38 pm
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"Because studies show that African Americans....

...are socially more conservative."

I'm not familiar with those studies..

While I have seen data suggesting blacks are less in favor of in-your-face homosexuality, I haven't seen data that they are more Conservative on other social issues.

Typically, the most significant indicator of political philosophy separating Conservatives from liberals is their outlook on the degree to which government should take charge of their lives and take care of their needs. Conservatives are for less government, liberals for more government. I think among blacks, the liberal philosophy is far more prevalent. If you're aware of data suggesting otherwise, I'd love to see it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/18/14 - 07:54 pm
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Equal Opportunity Bullets

I don't blame these dangerous attacks on black people. Whites have also done this thing. It's the criminal mindset. I have equal opportunity bullets.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/18/14 - 08:22 pm
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"I don't blame these dangerous attacks on black people."

I don't blame them on "black people" either. Nor do I blame them on "white people." I blame them on the perpetrator, regardless the race.

When discussing the statistics of which race has been the most frequent perpetrators, however, the evidence points overwhelmingly to blacks. Who are the victims? Almost all are white and if you happen to be both white AND Jewish you seem to be a prime target.

specsta
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specsta 01/18/14 - 10:04 pm
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Race and Violence?

Well ACES, let's just add to the ever present white folks' fear of black males to kick off the New Year, shall we?

The black male has been demonized by racists since Africans were brought to America in chains in 1619. The year 2014 is no different. America - through the media, government policies, the justice system, employment inequalities, unfair banking, unequal housing, and in every other system that clings to traditionalism - America continues to propagate the lie that "white is good, black is bad".

Why the fear of the black male? Why the disrespect?

There is a calculated, clandestine plan to destroy and emasculate the black male in this society. There are plans so evil, it it would boggle the minds of ordinary folks.

Want a glimpse into that mindset? Look no further than over 4000 lynchings of black men (and even women) from 1882 to 1968 in mainly southern states; or the US government-sponsored atrocity know as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment; or the Hoover FBI's attempts to destroy the civil rights movement and persuade Dr. King to commit suicide.

The timeline of past and current history in this country that details the inequalities and false perceptions of the black male in this society stinks like a rotting corpse. The black male is vilified, stigmatized, abused, rejected and treated as a second-class citizen.

There isn't a black male in American society who has not been wounded at some point in his life by racists, racist policies or racist ideology. In 2014. Not one.

What does that say about us as a society, that there is a segment of people who were "born to be hurt"?

It says that we Americans are still just ignorant, selfish children who aren't worthy of much at all.

This must change.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/18/14 - 10:13 pm
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"It says that we Americans are still just ignorant....

...selfish children who aren't worthy of much at all."

Speaking for yourself, I'm sure.

Pops
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Pops 01/18/14 - 10:40 pm
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"The black male is vilified,

"The black male is vilified, stigmatized, abused, rejected and treated as a second-class citizen."

And he has also been elected President of the United States TWICE in the last six years.

PLEASE ..... you have to stop blaming all the problems blacks have on racism. Most of the problems they face today are as a result of their own antisocial, violent and destructive behavior.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/19/14 - 10:50 am
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"And he has also been elected
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"And he has also been elected President of the United States TWICE in the last six years.
PLEASE ..... you have to stop blaming all the problems blacks have on racism."
pops, it ain't going to happen. So many blacks have been brain washed by black leaders and the democrats and cannot think logically. Even though a black man was elected president and blacks have every advantage that whites have most blacks are more racist than ever. In fact with the special programs blacks have more advantages than whites. They have been programmed to believe that the whites got theirs in the past now it is out turn.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/20/14 - 09:38 am
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Specta`

Why not full disclosure?

"The black male has been demonized by racists since Africans were brought to America in chains in 1619. "

They were brought here in chains and sold.......by OTHER BLACKS!!! Not much has changed really, except that WE GOT IT RIGHT!!! We quit buying human beings from them, because it wasn't right. In Africa, they STILL sell them and put their own people into slavery!! Only difference is America said we wouldn't have any part of it AND, said if any of you want to come here for FREEDOM, come!!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/20/14 - 06:54 am
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Specsta

I'm thinking that Allen West, Herman Cain, Michael Steele, J.C. Watts, Ben Carson and many more, would all disagree with your ridiculous comment!!!

But they aren't "REAL" black men, are they now?

myfather15
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myfather15 01/20/14 - 06:55 am
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Internationallyunknown

Yes, could you help us with a search? Give us the key words to look for?

Because I've looked up MANY!!! I can't find a single one where it's a group of white people. So I'll await your keywords so we can do a search.

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