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The Knockout Game

NYT/NPR Say No Big Deal

By Larry Elder · Nov. 28, 2013

The “knockout game” – and the media underreporting of it – combines the breakdown of the family with the media's condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks. The “game” is a dare in which a young man – all the perps appear to be male people of color, mostly blacks – tries to literally knock out an innocent bystander with one blow. Both National Public Radio and The New York Times say these reports of the “knockout game” being widespread are overblown and do not represent a trend. Really?

According to Colin Flaherty, author of “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” the knockout game has gone national. He describes “knockouts” in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, St. Louis, Birmingham, Chicago, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Denver, Minneapolis, Georgetown, New York City, Greensboro, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Miami, Cleveland, Nashville, Peoria, Seattle, Saratoga Springs, Atlanta and a host of others towns and cities.

From a distance, the media can spot some lone idiot holding up an offensive sign at a tea party rally. But when it comes to black perp/white victim crime, there is a very different attitude. Consider the media reaction to the assault of three white girls on Halloween night, 2006, in Long Beach, Calif., just outside Los Angeles. Without provocation, a mostly black mob of 30 to 40 teens and adults brutally kicked, punched and pummeled three young white women, slamming them to the ground, ripping earrings from their lobes and beating them with a skateboard. One of the victims had 12 fractures in her face that required multiple surgeries, and had damage to her teeth and her eyesight. The women also suffered internal injuries and concussions. But for the efforts of a black good Samaritan, who waded into the crowd to help the girls, they might well have died.

The Los Angeles Times, the major metropolitan hometown paper, for one whole week did not write a single word about the Long Beach incident, which took place only twenty-some miles from the paper's headquarters. Eyewitnesses to the brutal attack reported many in the mob yelling, “We hate white people, f*** whites!” during the rampage.

Yet when authorities first charged 10 of the youths with felony assault a week later, they declined to file hate crime charges. When hate crime charges were filed against eight of the youths a full three weeks after the attack, the local NAACP branch said, “We do not have sufficient information to determine whether this is a true hate crime, and we just have to monitor this.” One of the Long Beach defendant's uncles published a pamphlet explaining that “white bitches” – another of the epithets allegedly hurled at the white victims – is an acceptable phrase in some urban environments.

NPR finally got around to mentioning Long Beach – a month later. And the NPR piece was really about whether blacks, given America's history of racism, can even commit a “hate crime.” NPR moderator Farai Chideya put the following question to her guests: “…Some people say black folks cannot be racist because the root of the issue is power. So what do you make of this crime where you've got 12- to 17-year-olds and, you know, black people attacking whites? Is this a traditional hate crime? Should it be prosecuted as such? People in the community are kind of divided about that.” Perhaps Chideya might ask the young white female victims whether they felt that their black attackers lacked “power.”

Flaherty describes a mob attack at the Milwaukee State Fair, in which hundreds of blacks roamed inside and outside the fairgrounds, singling out and attacking whites. Local media broadcast the 911 calls from panicked fairgoers. He also writes about similar attacks at the Iowa State Fair over a three-day period, where a police report says some blacks involved were chanting, “Beat Whitey Night.”

So why is this happening? Look to the family.

As then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama told a mostly black congregation: “Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.” In 1960, only 5 percent of children were born into single-parent households. Today it's 40 percent, with nearly 75 percent of black children born to single mothers.

“Dear Father, Dear Son,” my latest book, is about the importance of fathers – even gruff, tough ones like my Marine dad who was raised in Jim Crow South – in instilling the values of right and wrong, and of empathy for others. Kids from homes with good values don't go around knocking people out.



Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Thank you for always sticking to the truth. Your columns are timely, informative, and balanced. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep writing.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

billy396 in ohio said:

The mainstream media are not only complicit by not reporting what are, without question "hate crimes". They are implicitly encouraging young blacks to do whatever they feel like doing, because they know that it won't be reported on the news simply by virtue of the perpetrators being black. Yes, of course blacks can be racist, and I'd bet everything that I own that a larger percentage of blacks are overt racists than whites.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Jay Byrd in South Bend IN replied:

A prominent black columnist managed to write an op-ed about this without noting either the race of the typical attackers or the local name the blacks give it - "polar bear hunting."

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

In 55 years I have yet to meet the black man, woman, or child who is NOT a racist.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Mac in Arizona said:

Barrack Hussein Obama - with his agenda to roil hatred and class envy amongst the black race here in America has succeeded in pushing back RACISM 60 years.

The very thing that actually got this charlatan elected - and he trashes it.

Right now - I'd say there's more racial animosity from blacks towards whites than ever before. And this is not by accident.

How else can he rally blacks to his cause, when their plight is even worse than just a few years ago?

Stoke racial hatred..... fan the fires of racism and keep telling them lies that big bad business is "keepin' dem down"....

Couple this with an educational system that teaches them VICTIMOLOGY 101 - teaches them that government is their only answer to EVERYTHING!!!


Even their religious leaders have been so corrupted - they live in the lap of luxury while their flocks wallow in filth.

They'd best be very careful.... they are but a small minority - young black males - many of whom "gradiate" from elementary school right into prison - are less than 5% of our population....

.... keep up with "the knockout game" .... and us "whiteys" are gonna come up with a game of our own - called "SHOOT 'EM ON SIGHT".....

.... dey not be lovin' dis here game.... no suh....

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Idaho Al in Idaho replied:

While the "SHOOT 'EM ON SIGHT" solution might seem logical as a quick fix to show "We've had enough!", the ramifications of the accusations of being Judge, Jury and Executioner would lead to untold misery from the likes of Rev Jesse, his cohort Bro Al, and the NAACP group.

Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. replied:

It may occur that THOSE individuals find themselves to be victims of the same "game" one of these days....

Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA replied:

Mac, Al: A group of youfs tried to play the knockout game on a lady in Philadelphia and her husband, who was looking in a store window, shot two of them. The youfs are in the hospital. the others ran away. I have a feeling that they are reconsidering their attachment to this game. Dick

Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Idaho Al in Idaho replied:

That's quite different than shooting on sight. Not sure our society is ready for a declaration of open season on blacks - too many upstanding citizens would then be put in the cross-hairs, and open rebellion and total race war would ensue.

Friday, November 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Mac in Arizona replied:

We'll see how the black leadership handles this "knock-out game"....

..... for one, they want to keep their cushy & rich jobs.... and they now if the young gang-bangers get too rambunctious - the retribution WILL GET OUT OF HAND IN A HURRY.

Notice that this game is virtually non-existent in states that do not infringe upon our 2nd Amendment....

An armed society is a polite society.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Idaho Al in Idaho replied:

Notice that this game is virtually non-existent in states that do not infringe upon our 2nd Amendment....

A valid point, and well noted.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Mac & Al, you mean low lifes don't want to be shot? My .357 mag and .45 ACP hit harder than any fist.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

pete in CA replied:

>"total race war would ensue"<

Nothing would make the liberal media happier. Lot and lots of "if it bleeds it leads" money and movies galore for hollywierd liberals to make a fortune off of.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Fed up with the BS in Wisconsin replied:

The best thing would be to play that game with Jesse Jackass - I mean Jackson and his partners in crime.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

scopes monkey in Baltimore replied:

This very attitude from white people is why blacks, if this is really a trend (which I would not concede it is), are exhibiting this type of behavior. Yes, black people can be racist too. But white people, and the cookie-cutter media culture that refuses to seriously examine the issue are the ones that build the fire and throw the fuel on it for this type of crap to occur.

Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA said:

Larry: Thanks for this article. Dick

Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. said:

I live on the Tennessee river and Pickwick lake. If anyone is caught boating without a life jacket they are carried to court and fined. It seems reasonable to me that anyone caught unarmed should be carried to court and fined. Life preservers and firearms do the same thing: They save lives.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

rab in jo,mo said:

Times have certainly changed. When I was in school in Detroit, most of my black friends had parents (yes, a mother and father) that were much stricter than my own parents. My friends wouldn't think to do such things, because they were raised not to be "that way". Now, it's rare to find a black child that has two parents in the same household.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Bill in Leawood, Kansas said:

What do you expect? So what are you - or the senile old party - going to do about it. You have been moaning about this for decades but it just seems to get worse.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

pete in CA replied:

That has more to do with the 'I'll buy your votes with welfare" party working the give-away game to perfection, and keeping blacks on the un-fenced plantation.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

MDF in The State of Confusion said:

If Obama had a son, he would look like a knockout gamer.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Larry E in Montana said:

A solution to this "game" might well be a large black dog that would act in defense of its master/mistress. Of course the pansy leftists would demand that such a dog that injured one of these poor misunderstood "youts" would be put down by the state for injuring one of Obama's "sons". So not such a good solution since I tend to like most dogs better than most people, for good and obvious reasons.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland said:

If one of those "knock out game" perps were wearing a Rush Limbaugh shirt, I can guarantee you that the MSM would have it above the fold and leading off the 6 O'Clock news.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM