(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.
Reporters still mock the Knockout Game. Still try to ignore the pandemic of black on white violence.
But victims just keep showing up – the latest this week from Philadelphia.
A white boy was walking home from school when two black people attacked him. A third captured it on video: As they shrieked and laughed, the black people punched, and kicked him over and over, eventually knocking him down.
The boy did not report the crime to police. They learned about it from the CBS news affiliate.
The ABC news affiliate in Philadelphia was all over it too. Most of it, anyway: “Teens” did it, the news crew dutifully reported. “Police now say two suspects have been arrested and investigators are looking for a third. They also say this definitely appears to be a part of the so-called Knockout Game.”
Police say the boy suffered only “minor” injuries.
And that is part of the problem, says Taleeb Starkes, author of “The Uncivil War.”
“If you look at the news accounts of these kinds of crimes, the police and press tell us this was not a major crime,” said Starkes. “There was not much money involved. The victim lived. But one of the reasons these crimes happen so much is that we take them so lightly. This kind of violent crime is life-changing and traumatic to the victim. But we rarely treat the predators that way. If they lose a little money and no one gets hurt, it’s no harm, no foul. That has to change.”
In the meantime in Philadelphia another video surfaced of another Knockout Game. Also featuring a black assailant and a white victim. Also unreported to police.
These are just a few of the dozens of cases of the Knockout Game and black on white violence in Philadelphia over the last two months.
“For someone to walk down the street and do this, this is not something new,” said a police spokesman to ABC. “From their demeanor and their overall actions, this is something that you can just about bet they have been involved in before.”
Last year, Philadelphia Magazine published a story called “Being White in Philadelphia.” It described how racial tension and fear of black on white crime is an every day fact of life in the City of Brotherly Love. Mayor Michael Nutter said the story was despicable.
Also in January in Seattle, another city that experiences regular and frequent cases of black mob violence, KIRO TV news reports one neighborhood experienced a “string of seemingly random attacks by teenagers.”
The news station does not state what the police reports do: The suspects are black.
“A woman was just a block from here home when she was punched in the back of her head by teenagers,” said the reporter. “Right in front of this Ethiopian church.”
“This might be the third recent attack that was about violence more than anything else,” said the station.
Two days before a group of teens “ransacked and terrorized” a Rite Aid drug store nearby. Then they attacked another person a few blocks away.
“Maybe somebody was daring them,” said Kathy Bell, a neighbor. “They’re just teenagers.”
In New Orleans, a well known local musician is in a coma after he was attacked by a group of black people on January 20. He was not robbed and “Doug Potter’s family and friends believe he may have been a target of the ‘Knockout’ Game,” said WWL TV.
Police have video of the attack and of the suspects strolling and strutting away from the scene. WWL TV in New Orleans did identify the suspects by race. But the reporter did wonder why the musician was the object of the “senseless attack.”
In the Indianapolis suburb of Lawrence, police are appealing for help in the January 4 slaying of a white college student. The victim was getting gas when a car full of black people pulled up, got out, and were seen trying to break into his car, before they shot him in the head.
Local TV news stations report the assailants were black. But the Indianapolis Star News refused to repeat that description from police reports, saying “Police do not have detailed descriptions of the suspects.”
His parents told local news reporters they cannot figure out why anyone would want to hurt their son.
In Los Gatos, Calif., the ever plucky Patch reports black on white violence from January:
“The Knockout Game has hit Los Gatos. This evening on Blossom Hill Road, in front of Dance Attack, a woman was punched by an African American man who escaped up Harwood toward Belgatos Park.” In response, reader Luigi Casaretto said: “This nonsense has to stop. My friend’s daughter was a victim in Milpitas last week.”
In Flint, Mich., police are seeking three black people in the Knockout Game assault on a white bus driver that happened in the final week of January near Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Police originally said the incident occurred because one of the suspects was upset about having to pay a bus fare, but further investigation showed it was a planned attack, said Flint police Capt. Collin Birnie to MLive.com. “This was planned, orchestrated and filmed,” he said. “The assault on the MTA bus driver, you’ve heard it referred to nationwide as the knockout game. That’s exactly what we had.”
The bus driver “has a number of broken bones on his face,” said the local ABC affiliate, that required “major” facial surgery.
On January 17, “gay” Asian journalist Randy Gener was punched in the face on the streets of Manhattan. He remains in a coma. Police are not calling it a hate crime.
After the attack, police released a sketch of the suspect whom they described as Hispanic. Earlier this week, Leighton Jennings was arrested for assault in connection with the crime. He is black.
These episodes of the Knockout Game and black mob violence are part of a pattern documented in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”
All the victims or their families wondered why anyone would commit such violence. Never once considering – at least publicly – that racial animosity might have something to do with the pattern of racial violence.
Barry Baldwin stands accused of six Knockout Game attacks in New York in November and December. Five of the victims were Jewish women. One was 78 years old.
Baldwin, a 35-year old black man, offered a series of excuses for the violence, said the New York Daily News: “I hit her on the head in self-defense because of the way she looked.”
This should gladden the heart of Casey Seiler, an Albany reporter who dismissed racial violence documented in “White Girl Bleed a Lot” by saying a “riot has no color.”
But then objected that “White Girl Bleed a Lot” does not take into account the “tangled sociological reasons for those statistics, such as the economic and cultural after effects of hundreds of years of white racism.”
All that for violence that has no color.
Now Seiler is at it again. This time in a story about proposed legislation in New York state to increase penalties for the Knockout Game. From his lofty perch as state capitol bureau chief for the Albany Times Union, Seiler reminded readers that the Knockout Game probably does not exist. Or if if does, it has nothing to do with race: “Whether the game is a baleful youth phenomenon or media hype depends on who you talk to.”
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”
See a trailer for “White Girl Bleed a Lot”: