Mall Mayhem and Race Reality

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While social ills continue to plague American society, the manifestations thereof among black American youths never cease to sadden. The latest examples are daunting. In several cities around the nation, the release of Nike’s Air Jordans, a pair of sneakers that retail for $180, precipitated a series of fights, vandalism, riots and arrests. Even more daunting? A “game” called “Knockout King,” where gangs of black youths surround a random victim, punch him to the ground, film the attacks and post them on social network sites.

First the sneakers. In suburban Seattle, police were forced to pepper spray youths who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall. A crowd of more than 1000 were subjected to fights, resulting in several people getting cuts and bruises. Two doors were broken down. In Jersey City, a man was stabbed when a brawl broke out among those waiting in line. In Taylor, Michigan, more than 100 people broke into a shopping center at 5:30 a.m. Decorations were damaged and benches were overturned. Three people were arrested in Toledo, Ohio when a crowd once again surged uncontrolled into a mall.

Four more people were arrested in Lithonia, Georgia, where another door was broken down. In Charlotte, NC, dozens of police were called in to break up fights at Carolina Place Mall just after 5 a.m., and at Northlake Mall an hour and a half later. There shoppers forced mall doors open by removing sliders from their hinges. “At 6:30, they were like, that’s it, we’re going to bust the doors down, they busted the doors down, everybody was falling and running, shoes everywhere,” one witness said. At the Boyton Beach Mall in Florida, two people were arrested for inciting a riot and resisting arrest. A mob of 400-500 people became so unruly, police were again forced to use pepper spray when the crowd ignored repeated commands to stop pushing and fighting.

Yet as unsettling as these incidents were, they pale in comparison to Knockout King. This is a game in which a group of youths, some as young as twelve, choose a lead attacker, and then go in search of a random victim, one they consider unlikely to put up a fight. The lead attacker starts punching away. If the victim is “lucky” and goes down quickly, the group may scatter. If not, they often join in, punching and kicking the victim until he is unconscious or badly hurt. Adding insult to injury, some of these teens record their exploits on cellphones and post them to social networking websites. Reports from around the country, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, Chicago and St. Louis point to a growing phenomenon, with St. Louis seemingly at the forefront. St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom told the Associated Press the city has seen about 10 attacks over the past 15 months.

Yet even as Isom tried to downplay the number of kids involved, claiming “it’s an isolated group of maybe five to nine kids,” local teens contradicted him. “I’d say maybe ten to fifteen percent of kids play Knockout King,” said eighteen-year-old Aaron Davis. “Everybody plays,” said eighteen-year-old Brandon Demond, a former participant who provided only his first and middle names for publication. “It’s a game for groups of teens to see who can hit a person the hardest,” he added.

How hard? In 2009, Adam Taylor was attacked in a parking garage. He suffered bruising on the brain, whiplash and internal bleeding, but survived. Matt Quain, 51, was left with a broken jaw and a fractured skull after he became a victim of the game in October. Last April, a homeless man, 55, was attacked in a Chicago train station and knocked unconscious. A video of that attack was posted in November to a hip-hop website. It received a quarter of a million views in two days.

All three men were lucky compared to Hoang Nguyen, 72, who stepped in front of his wife to defend her from a pack of youths. He paid with his life. Elex Murphy, 18, who was charged with first-degree murder in the case, allegedly told police the attack was part of the Knockout King game.

As expected, these thugs have their apologists. Two quotes from the River Front Times in Missouri indicate a sense of denial coupled with a tiresome excuse for the behavior. Quote 1: “All but two of the ten victims RFT interviewed were white (one was black and one was Latino), and all of the players were black. But Knockout King does not appear to be bounded by race.” Reality suggests that if all of the players were white, and all but two of the victims were black, race would be an integral part of the equation for the media.

Quote number 2: “Rather than sweep the race issue under the rug, Saint Louis University criminologist Norman White says Knockout King should be viewed with a broader lens that captures the social disparities of the city. The issue, he says, is less about acts of physical violence than it is about the dearth of opportunities for disadvantaged–and mostly black–youth. He calls that population ‘our blind side.'” Again, one suspects more than a few Americans are getting tired of the idea that a “dearth of opportunities,” more familiarly known as a lack government spending, is still being used as a rationale to explain overt thuggery.

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  • myohmy

    Just wait until "knockout King" meets the enlightened 2nd. amendment citizen who is ready to defend himself/herself and turns a few knockout kings into knockout corpses.

    • Don Kosloff

      Then the enlightened Second Amendment citizen will be persecuted as a murderer and destroyed.

      • Crossbow87

        Well, beyond the 2nd Amendment are the CCW laws. Having taken the class and having carried my weapon on many different occasions, I don't think you're making a legal argument here. With our law, and for my own legal protection, my judgement has to be that my safety or life, or those of my family, are threatened. With an eye toward knowing I have to answer for the use of my weapon, I'm confident that if I draw it, circumstances have dictated so. If black kids from Flint want to play this "game' while I'm in a mall…well, there will probably be many folks there with weapons to quell any riot that might want to take place.

      • intrcptr2

        Recall also the two men who responded most aggresively when Congresswoman Giffords was shot; her own unarmed security and a CCW civilian, who was moments from killing the perp.

        The "children" who "play" Knockout King (Sounds just like a video game, no), are spineless cowards, once they even see a gat, they will scatter like bunnies.

      • johnnywoods

        Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

      • tagalog

        Yes, people must try to remember that a majority of our society is in favor of some form of gun control, that at least half of all our people know only what TV and the movies tell them about guns, and that that's the population from which the juries that try the shooter will be chosen. Everything turns on the facts, and the shooter better be able to show that he tried to do something other than just blow the knockout kings away.

    • guest

      Yea, we know. Nothing gives a conservative a hard on more than fantasizing about shooting black kids. Try and keep it in your pants, internet tough guy.

      • elihew

        Gee, a POS liberal…

      • rich b

        I believe the erection is due to the fact that said Conservative is able to defend himself as a man (or woman) which is, to a progressive, something incomprehensible.

        Try and keep it in your panties internet progressive guy.

  • DMW

    Tick Tick Tick. A Clockwork Black.? And do we see the same kind of landscape depicted in the 1970s Kubrick film set in futuristic urban Britain? Aloof parents. The 'dole'. 'Ultra-Violence' as entertainment. Retreat back to the high tech 'Kid Cave' and musical indulgence. Attacks on the defenseless elderly and homeless. And, finally, the teen age thugs becoming members of the police.

  • StephenD

    Wait! Didn't Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Farrakhan, et al have something to say about all this? For the past 50+ years they've grown rich while selling themselves as the representatives of these blighted communities. In each and every one of these communities the elected and appointed officials are those from the community, sanctioned by the likes of Jackson and his leftist ilk and to what good end? If anything, these areas are worse off than before they got "help" from these charlatans. How long can they continue to say the people are kept down by the "Rich White Man?" A rich white man hasn't had anything to do with them for the past 50 years! Now let’s look closer and see who is REALLY to blame.

    • Don Kosloff

      In a way they spoke volumes about it with their crusade againt "black on black" crime, which essentially also implied that "black on white" crime was not a problem. Back in the early sixties, when I was in high school, I was interested in the problem of murder and the relationship of the crime to "gun control". As I looked into the statistics, I was shocked to see that the death rate for blacks due to homicide was about 8 times as high as for whites. That disparity was due to the fact that the homicide rate for black perpetrators was about 8 times as high as the rate for white perpetrators. I had never seen that reality mentioned in newspapers or magazines. Nothing has changed since then.

      • intrcptr2

        That far back? That is troubling.

        And people wonder about white flight and "racist" police policies.

  • Guest

    Here is part of the problem even this author fails to address due to fear. "youths"

    They are blacks many legal age to vote. This author and his description shows the power of our liberal society to instill fear of using accurately descriptive language. I have noticed this more and more in our society. In England it is so bad that they will no longer allow comments on most of their leading news websites.

    Unfortunately, the whites are surrendering their culture because they are afraid to be called racist. The media in this country sees a whites as inherently racist and says to them they must repent and come forward for their absolution via forfeiture of their property and right to self defense.

  • Guest

    Stopping the big government support programs will not lessen the problems. It may even cause massive riots as seen this past year in Georgia and Texas when limited numbers of vouchers were being handed out. That is a so-called conservative talking point. The real problem is that there are fundamental differences that only nature can overcome. Counter's research was from limited sources that slant the data for there outcome. History does not point out a highly successful black society. Sad, and I wish that were incorrect.

    • jmz

      good…let their be riots. its time to hit the nail on the head and address the problem. ebven in that means another civil war. im not saying it like "yipeee" but a simple fact. we cannot keep paying people not to rob and murder us. it never has worked and does more to encourage it than not. peace with enemies is a failure. tolerance is suicide. its time to put on our big boy pant and for Americans to say enough. the govt encourages the thugs. the constitution and BOR and declaration should encourage us. I dont care who it is. but if people want to play 'thug' then they get the thug ending. time to arm ourselves and end it. if you see this game being played. arm yourself and fight them. kill if you have to. the only way to stop an attack is to win or loose

  • jacob

    I fully agree with whoever posts as MYOHMY…

    One of these days, such reaction is bound to happen and then what ??
    Is whoever refuses to be the object of the punching by defending himself and
    sending to hell some if not all of his attackers be sentenced to death or life in
    prison by the lousy justice system we have been suffering for years, which
    cares more for the perpetrator than for the victim ????

    • intrcptr2

      2 words;

      Bernie Goetz

  • mrbean

    Here is why Blacks behave the way they do.

  • mrbean

    Department of Justice (Before the racist Eric Holder) stats indicate blacks commit on average, 7.5 times more violent inter-racial crimes than whites even though the black population is only one-seventh the size of the white population. When these figures are adjusted on a per capita basis, they reveal an extraordinary disparity: blacks are committing more than 50 times the number of violent racial crimes of whites. Justice Department and FBI statistics indicate that between 1964 and 1994 more than 25 million violent inter-racial crimes were committed, with almost 96% involving black offenders and white victims, and more than 45,000 white people were killed in inter-racial murders.

  • Mike

    I have an idea. Why don't we all get our concealed weapons license. That way, when knockout king comes around we can play our own game called Killzone King. That ought to fix this little problem we're having.

    • jmz

      good idea but i have a better one. forget the CCL and just carry. cities and politicians are working their butts of to stop law abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves. CCL do no good if you cant get one and police and commiticians make it near impossible for good people to get them. they have to because they need the chaos to maintain control. therefore, carry, dont ask just do it.

  • BS77

    Our culture is going to the dogs….people are afraid to defend themselves…..the liberal courts will not permit self defense. Our national standards for behavior, dress, work ethics, educational excellence, skilled craftsmanship have declined into the garbage pit. People graduate from high school as illiterate idiots and wonder why they cannot succeed. Only the rare few individuals have the will power and intelligence to accomplish great things.

  • mrbean

    Yassah, dis beez dah time fuh dah ridacule, cause Ah beezz cool with mah basesahball hats on sidesways and mah two sizes tahh big boosta- trousahs down below mah butty cheeks. (smack lips rapidly mettt-mett-mettt), Ah cake wawks really cool, with mah boom box on mah showldah playin' dah rap songs bout hoes and killin dah pooolice, Yassah, smack lips rapidly mettt-mett-mettt),

    • Ghostwriter

      Has anyone told you that that's vile? Please step into the 21st Century please. You're doing nobody a favor,least of all,you by doing your disgusting stereotypical nonsense.

      • guest

        Don't waste your breath, that's Horowitz going incognito, letting his id speak since he can't reveal his true feelings publicly. It's one thing to draw support from white supremacists (see the majority of comments on this story), but it's another to embrace them.

        • Ghostwriter

          Unfortunately guest,you're just as bad as mrbean. David Horowitz is Jewish and if I remember correctly,white supremacists hate Jews as well as blacks. Both of you,knock it off!!!!

          • guest

            There is a subset of white supremacists that hate jews, generally neo-nazis, but there are also factions that do not, and there are in fact jewish white supremacists. White supremacy simply mean the belief that humans are divided into distinct races and that people of the white race are genetically/culturally superior to other races. There is nothing in this that by definition excludes jews. The vast majority are clearly not white supremacists, esp. given how they have been persecuted in Europe over the centuries as an inferior race. But individual jews can be and are white supremacists and Horowitz is a classic example. The label fits anyone who implicitly or explicitly holds this ideology. Because white supremacy in its explicit form is un-PC, it has to be expressed more "subtly", as in a piece on this site a few days ago about how western culture is better than all others. That is classic stealth white supremacy of the kind Horowitz and his kind promote. It's just as evil as the neo-nazi variety and has caused countless more deaths, primarily through the project of colonialism (10 million in the Congo alone under Leopold, look it up.).

      • mrbean

        Ah beez edjumacated cause Ah bin tah collage, yassah, Ah to aftricon studies about how Yacub made all dem blue eyed devals 6 tousand year ago. Ah knows cause dah referend Farrakinn dun tolt meh. Yassah (smack lips rapidly mettt-mett-mettt), Ah cake wawks really cool, with mah boom box on mah showldah playin' dah rap songs

        • Ghostwriter

          I wish you would stop doing that,mrbean. You make yourself look like a total idiot.

  • mrbean

    All the leading large Black Churches have a "non-negotiable commitment to Africa rather than to the United States. Here is Africa as it really is:

    • elihew

      It's mainly because the history of what is rightly called "The Dark Continent" is the worship of idols. they've been given over to the evil they commit…

  • mrbean

    Read : which is "A Brief for Whitey" by Patrick J. Buchanan

    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

    We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

    Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

  • UCSPanther

    Those rioters, flash mobs and "knockout thugs" do nothing but bring shame to their race by behaving in their uncivilized manner.

    Bill Cosby was right in his criticism of modern black culture.

    • BS77

      Yes, I remember how Bill Cosby was criticized for daring to promote tough love discipline, order and educational standards… challenge minority youths to learn skills, to read better and speak English properly. Bill Cosby was right on target…but the PC liberals want to maintain the same degrading lack of standards, shrugging indifference to poor behavior and truancy…..blaming everything on "racism" or whatever suits them. Thanks to Bill Cosby for making a stand.

  • Questions

    The prospect of extinction at the hands of black brutes, if nothing else, ought to mobilize whites into taking self-defense training in all phases — physical, psychological and logistical. And to my fellow conservatives who stupidly insist that blacks are "victims" of white liberals, I respond this way: They are victimizers of all whites. To the black, a white conservative as much as a white liberal is a target.

    Civilized persons recognize the "knockout game" as a crime. But most black youths see it as, well…a game. What fun! It's time to get tough with these Afro-sociopaths while we're still the majority. If we tarry, decades from now we face extermination.

    • guest

      the biggest physical threat to white people is other white people. White men in particular, Check the stats knucklehead. You guys beat your kids, beat your women, beat each other. If you're looking for someone to shoot, may as well just turn to the person closest to you.

  • Ghostwriter

    Questions,you're just as bad as mrbean. Are you both members of the KKK? Most black people are probably horrified at stuff like this. People like you aren't helping matters any. You're not doing anyone any good by attacking all black people for the actions of a few rotten apples. Unless you stop with the neo-Nazi and Klan propaganda,things won't get better and they won't with people like you stirring up racial hatred.

    • Don Kosloff

      Why do you believe that facts are racist?

    • mrbean

      Department and FBI statistics indicate that between 1964 and 1994 more than 25 million violent inter-racial crimes were committed, with almost 96% involving black offenders and white victims, and more than 45,000 white people were killed in inter-racial murders. That is the real racism by the chimpouts.

  • chuckwagoncharlie

    Members of the Black community are just as terrified over the problem as anyone else. Somewhere there is a Black man who will have enough of the crap and stop the mess community by community. While travelling through Alabama I listened to a Black DJ discussing the problems their community was facing and one of the participants placed the blame on the break up of the traditional Black family and the lack of community involvement in solving their problems. I have confidence Blacks can and will stop it.

    • Ralph

      So where are they? Hanging out with the so-called moderate muslim? One post up there said it right, that they only care about 'black-on-black' but otherwise whitey's got it coming. Look at the gang rape of the 11yr-old in Cleveland. TX. The whole damned black 'community' came out to defend the animals. The media was even in on it, somehow suggesting she wanted it (NY Times). In the article it says that the video of an attack was posted on YouTube and got 250,000 views in two days. Just a few rotten apples, while the rest of the black community wring their hands? No.

      Bottom line is that there is a mountain of statistical and anecdotal evidence showing that the black community likes these attacks on white people, the talented tenth notwithstanding. This is a race war, abetted by the left.

      By the way, anybody know what Hispanics are up to these days? Just a few rotten apples, no doubt.

  • Nakba1948

    Unbelievable. So you're not only Zionazi Islamophobes, but racists to boot? Why am I not surprised the the two go hand-in-hand…

    • UCSPanther

      Let's see you say that when you get yourself beaten bloody by a pack of "knockout kings".

    • mrbean

      Yassah, ifun dah bruthas graps you for the dah "knockout honkay" an' busts youse whitey head in. Yassah, den weez seez how liberal youse still beez! Yassah (smack lips rapidly mettt-mett-mettt).

  • radicalconservative

    Arab Moslems make slaves out of African blacks to this very day. American Pakistani Moslems are the most racist people i’ve ever met.

  • Marti

    We have in this country some great blacks!!!
    But thanks to our racist Resident in Chief, the element of evil both black and white have been given the thumbs up to destroy and create chaos.
    He has released the forces of evil to intimidate and bring our nation to it's knees.
    This is black liberation movement from the get go.

  • Diane R

    Unfortunately, these entitlement programs have afforded black youths the time and ability to hang out and play these violent games. I see large groups of young black men hanging out and doing nothing at the mall in my community in downtown Stamford. They hang out all day and do absolutely nothing. They should be either working or in school. If they were, there would be no time to commit crimes and prey on others who do live productive lives. Our government enables them to be unproductive.

    • mrbean

      It is even worse. John Conyers: U.S. Owes Slavery Reparations. The left-wing Democrat who will become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if his party wins back Congress in November wants to hold full-blown congressional hearings on whether the government should pay black Americans reparations for slavery. John Conyers cause célèbre is reparations from whitey as he puts it, which he's been advocating since 1989, when he first introduced legislation to establish what he calls "The Commission to Study Reparations Proposals for African American Act" (H.R. 40).

  • Ghostwriter

    Not every black person does those things! I'm glad there are some SANE people on this site and not people who secretly watch old episodes of "Amos n' Andy" in their basement like mrbean. To those who peddle these stereotypes of blacks,you should be ashamed of yourselves. You only exacerbate racial tensions,not help them.

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