The "Knockout Game" – featured prominently on many Fox News shows last week along with other major media outlets – is just an urban myth, contends the New York Times.
But relatives and friends of three people in St. Louis who have died as a result of the "game" beg to differ. So would police there who have set up a special unit to investigate the crimes. And so would an author who has documented hundreds of such attacks nationwide.
In St. Louis, the "game" has been blamed for at least three deaths, including this one: Seventy-two-year-old Hoang Nguyen was walking with his wife, Yen, when four "young people" attacked them. Yen described how one attacker pushed Hoang's face to the side to make a "clear target for his fist." Hoang was punched with such force that he fell and struck his head on the ground.
Then the attacker turned on Yen, 59, hitting her so hard that the punch broke her eye socket. Yen then watched helplessly as her husband was kicked repeatedly. Hoang died later that day. A young, black male, 18-year-old Elex Murphy, is charged with first-degree murder.
Colin Flaherty, author of the explosive new book "'White Girl Bleed A Lot': The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It," took the Times to task for its representation of this all too real trend in America's cities.
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government have long been silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime – and get links to videos providing the proof – in "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."
"The New York Times is trying to hijack the narrative by calling it an urban myth and classifying black mob violence in the same sphere as Big Foot and the Easter Bunny," Flaherty told WND. "It won't work. There's too much video, there are too many victims, and there' are too many people writing about it for it to simply go away."
Flaherty said it's "an urban fact at this point, no matter what the New York Times says."
He explained why some of the acts that have been labeled as "Knockout Games" might seem spontaneous and not a part of a larger trend.
"You don't walk up to somebody and say 'Excuse me, we're playing the Knockout Game now' and then punch them in the face. They don't have a meeting at the Rotary Club and decide they're going to go out and play the Knockout Game – it's a little more spontaneous. But it's part of a larger picture of black mob violence and black-on-white crime," Flaherty stated.
The left-leaning website Slate wrote a more scathing critique of the coverage of the Knockout Game and labeled it as fear mongering. Flaherty responded to that criticism as well.
"If you use a lot of statistics when you talk about race, the liberals accuse you of stereotyping. If you leave the statistics out and just report stories, then they accuse you of cherry picking. So Slate wants it both ways. Slate loves to speak to people's motivations on why all of us are producing stories like this, but I don't care about that. All I care about are making sure my facts are right," Flaherty rebutted.
"When people read 'White Girl Bleed a Lot,' they're going to read a book with over 500 examples of recent black mob violence around the country, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. That's just a plain fact," Flaherty said.
St. Louis, among other cities, provides the proof, he said.
"There's no doubt in my mind that the violence in St. Louis is intense and widespread. St. Louis is the beginning of the Knockout Game and there are hundreds of examples of it from that city alone," Flaherty said.
In his book, Flaherty explains that versions of the game "exist across the country, but the St. Louis version is the most popular."
"Over the last two years, the number of Knockout Game attacks has ranged from 20 (if you believe the police) to 100 (if you believe people actually playing and watching the game). Or even more, if you believe a local judge. And that is just in St. Louis."
According to retired St. Louis Police Sgt. Don Pizzo, the game is simple and brutal: "Normally it was a group of black males, one of which would strike [the victim] as hard as he could in the face, attempting to knock him out with one punch."
As reported by the local CBS affiliate: "The attacks fit a pattern, Pizzo recalls, black attackers on a white victim – and the victim was often an older person walking alone."
Unlike the New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch admitted that the Knockout Game is a real trend plaguing the city. But the paper tried to diminish the threat by saying that it was just a "sign of the times."
In St. Louis, a special police squad and separate prosecutor were assigned to investigate the Knockout Game and handle the related criminal cases.
Former St. Louis police chief Jerry Leyshock called the game a “trend of sub-human behavior.”
Flaherty said "White Girl Bleed a Lot" was written for reporters and public officials who, despite overwhelming evidence, deny that black mob violence has reached epidemic levels in America.
And massive video proof means denial is no longer an option as many of the local reports of cases are now on YouTube, he noted. His book contains QR codes readers can scan to witness the racial violence on video as they read about it in the book.
The new edition of "White Girl Bleed a Lot" also shows that the big cities are not the only hotbeds of violence.
Even smaller cities like Peoria, Springfield, Greensboro, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Utica, Rochester, Syracuse, Long Island, Wilmington, Dover, New Haven, Meriden, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Virginia Beach, Columbia, Birmingham, Knoxville, Memphis, Miami Beach, Norfolk, Columbus and Madison have suffered attacks.
Readers will learn about "Beat Whitey Night" at a Midwest state fair. And how a Chicago police chief blamed the violence on Sarah Palin and the Pilgrims. And how Oprah Winfrey gave $1 million to a Philadelphia charter school, only to see its students on video assaulting a white person shortly thereafter.
Flaherty's work, reported on WND for several years, recently was featured in the Orange County Register, national news sites such as CNN and Salon, and more than 100 talk radio stations around the country.
Some media personalities don't have any more doubts.
"It's savagery. It's very difficult to watch those tapes," former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg told Bill O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly Factor."
"The reason most of the people watching us tonight are probably shocked by these videos and don't know anything about them ... is because they're getting precious little attention – no attention that we could find in the New York Times and the Washington Post or the network evening newscasts. And I think there's a reason for this, and it's not a journalistic reason."
"Just let's imagine that what we're seeing here is white kids attacking black people," Goldberg continued, "that in cities like St. Louis and Washington and Milwaukee and Hoboken, N.J., and Syracuse, N.Y., and other cities, young white kids got together and said, 'Let's start this game. We'll call it the Knockout.' And they go around and some black guy is coming home from work and out of the blue, they just hit him in the face as hard as they can and he goes down. And then their idiotic white friends giggle about it like a bunch of hyenas, and then they post it on the Internet. That would obviously be a national news story because it's orchestrated racial violence. But this isn't."
Meanwhile on an earlier "Hannity" show, former NYPD detective Bo Dietl blasted media suppression of the trend and criticized the way police agencies have handled the cases.
"The liberal news media doesn't want to say what it is. It's gangs of black youths attacking whites," Dietl told host Sean Hannity.
"It's a race-based thing. It's the black youths against the white individual. Not even just a man. It's against defenseless women and defenseless people and they hit 'em in the face and they try to knock 'em out. People have been killed. My problem is, they gotta take this crime, and they gotta categorize it the way it's supposed to be categorized. It's black-on-white crime. That's racist."
Also appearing on the program was noted criminal defense attorney Remy Spencer, who agreed the Knockout Game was severely underreported.
"I think people in today's society are too politically correct and afraid to talk about violence from black people on white people," Spencer said. "But if you reverse it, look at the George Zimmerman trial. That got national attention, not just because a young man died, but because of the race issue. I think media outlets are afraid of reporting this kind of crime."
Greta Van Susteren, host of "On the Record" on the Fox News Channel, lashed into perpetrators of the Knockout Game.
"This is no game. It is a mean, dangerous and deadly crime," she said.
In a personal commentary, Van Susteren said Americans have to address the problem as soon as possible:
"No one wants to get near the topic of race, but we also can't run from this one. People are getting hurt; they're getting murdered. And even those who live in these communities where this is happening, they have a right to be safe, and they don't have to live in fear of having their children hurt or even poisoned by ugly peer pressure, right?"
Note: Media wishing to interview Colin Flaherty, author of "White Girl Bleed A Lot," please contact WND here.
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government have been largely silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime – and get links to videos providing the proof – in "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It."
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