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The debate over the “knockout game” has taken a series of predictable turns in national media and in the halls of government. Yes, this vicious pastime in which bored or hostile teenagers attack helpless older or outnumbered people affects all Americans, not just those of a particular race – but it’s also a fact that more victims of these unprovoked assaults have been white than have been black, more of their assailants have been black than have been white, and the Obama administration has applied its typical anti-white racist outlook (remember, Holder refused to charge Black Panthers who blocked a polling site specifically because they were black) to the problem.
When an upstate New York woman had her face slashed open by three black attackers, requiring 47 stitches to repair the wound, this was apparently not a hate crime. Yet at the first opportunity, a white man who targeted a black victim was immediately slapped with federal hate-crime charges. The Christian Science Monitor observed, “The majority of the reported [knockout game] incidents … have involved black men targeting white victims — and none triggered federal involvement. The fact that the Justice Department has elected to step in now, when a black man was the victim, has led to criticism among conservative pundits that the Obama administration is applying the hate-crime statute unevenly.”
Then there was the case of Tevin Geike, an Army soldier who was stabbed to death last October by three black soldiers. The attackers reportedly called Geike, who was white, “cracker” as they stabbed him. Police now claim the attack was not a hate crime. In the United States, you can find yourself financially ruined for admitting, under oath, that you might once have used the dreaded and unprintable “n-word” 20 years ago. Yet it’s always OK to call a white person a “cracker” (which seems to be the favored epithet for those who hate white people), even as you beat, kick, or stab them to death just for being white.
As a society, we are faced with a dilemma. Does the prevalence of the Internet and the connectivity our smartphones and other Internet devices provide give us a distorted view of these attacks? In other words, have such assaults always been common? It could be that our technology, the interconnection of social media, the death of newspapers and the rise of up-to-the-second transmission of news and gossip (admit it – more Americans than ever are getting their breaking news most often from microblogging site Twitter), is simply increasing the reporting of, and the dissemination of reports of, these “knockout game” attacks.
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are largely silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Race Riots to America”
Certainly Democrats, progressives and liberals in general have tried to claim that the “knockout game,” despite multiple news reports of random, unprovoked racial assaults, is an Internet urban legend – the kind of thing that snopes.com would tell you isn’t true, the popularity of which has ostensibly been exaggerated by overzealous bloggers and Web pundits. (The libs, in fact, have done everything short of jamming their fingers in their ears and humming loudly, refusing to acknowledge that the news is the news. “This is not happening” is a popular refrain among “progressives,” who must deny reality in order to continue embracing policies that are self-destructive and unconstitutional.)
Yet the hypocrisy of governmental and political response to the “knockout game” fad isn’t what we should be worrying about. Nor is the very disturbing and very real possibility that our nation – a place in which whites will soon be a minority (or will they?) – is seeing the first widespread skirmishes in an undeclared race war, in which left-wing persons of color seek violent and long-deferred payback against those whose skin matches liberals’ fairytale histories of historically white, patriarchal oppression. In the U.K., whose citizens have allowed runaway “multicultural” policies to poison their government and their society, a third of all whites say they have been victims of racial discrimination. That cultural ex-parrot is a canary in a coal mine. The U.K. is warning us of the danger we face if we allow these attitudes to take deeper root. But, again, this still is not what should concern us first.
A single thug or a group of thugs can be dealt with readily enough by an armed citizen. There are still states within the United States where law-abiding citizens may go armed, and we have seen “knockout game” victims fight back successfully when assaulted. If these attacks remain uncoordinated and random, they are offensive and a nuisance, but not a society-ending danger. All of that changes when social media and technology are used to organize the attacks.
Last month in Brooklyn, N.Y., a group of “aggressive teenagers,” most of them 15 to 16 years old, used social media to coordinate a “trashing” spree in a shopping mall. Some of them engaged in “knockout game” assaults; others stole merchandise. Terrified merchants used their metal security doors to protect themselves from the flash mob. The attack was so sudden, so well organized and so forceful that it overwhelmed the on-site security. Members of the mob beat security guards. As of this writing, no arrests have been made. None of the news reports reference the race of the mob’s members, so it is impossible to judge whether there was a racial component to the violence … but need we guess? It simply doesn’t matter against the greater possibility of organized mob violence coordinated through social media.
The Internet, smartphones and other connected devices have been used to organize flash mobs since the trend was first identified. If that phenomenon turns violent, if the flash mob becomes a tool of terrorism and spree vandalism, of wilding and, potentially, even murder, we face a danger far greater than any individual or on-site law enforcement personnel can be expected to contain. These mass attacks, these coordinated riots, these flash-mob terrorist assaults, can only become more dangerous. If we cannot find a way to counter the trend, all the individual assaults in the world will pale in comparison to the cultural threat of organized mass violence.
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