The DOJ’s Curious Foray into the ‘Knockout Game’ Fray

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


2D9769936-today-rossen-knockout-131125-01.blocks_desktop_mediumTwenty-seven-year-old Conrad Barrett of Katy, Texas has been charged with a hate crime by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly targeting a 79-year-old black man as his “knockout game” victim. The victim suffered two jaw fractures in the November 24 assault. “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to the complaint filed by the DOJ, Barrett recorded a cell phone video of the attack in which he remarked, “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised.” The complaint also states that Barrett allegedly showed the video to other people and that other videos contained on the cell phone confiscated by police included Barrett using the n-word and insisting that black Americans “haven’t fully experienced the blessing of evolution.”

As a result, Barrett has been charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. If convicted, he will be facing a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. “It is unimaginable in this day and age that one could be drawn to violently attack another based on the color of their skin,” said Special Agent in Charge Stephen Morris of the FBI’s Houston office. “We remind all citizens that we are protected under the law from such racially motivated attacks, and encourage everyone to report such crimes to the FBI.”

There is no question that the assault attributed to Barrett was heinous and likely motivated by racial animus, but the Washington Times addresses the other issue that is undoubtedly on the minds of many Americans. “The ‘game’ has spawned a fierce debate since many of the reported victims have been white and their assailants have been black, but hate crimes charges have been all but non-existent,” the Post states.

Although there have been several incidents in which it would seem apparent that racial hate was a motivating factor — especially when one considers that other nicknames used to the describe the knockout game are “polar bearing” or “Get the Jew” – an extensive Internet search by this writer failed to turn up a single other incident where the U.S. Department of Justice pursued hate crime charges against anyone allegedly involved in the knockout game.

Not that it would have been impossible to do so. As New York City Police have noted, there have been eight knockout game attacks in Brooklyn, some of which are being investigated as hate crimes by city authorities. All of the suspects are black teens. Twenty-eight-year-old Amrit Marajh was actually charged with harassment as a hate crime by New York authorities for punching a 24-year-old Orthodox Jew.

And those are just recent incidents. According to the DOJ complaint filed against Barrett, there have been knockout game incidents going back as far as 1992. A study conducted by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics asserted that more than 250,000 Americans over the age of 12 are victims of hate crimes every year, of which one third are reported. That means there are 83,000 reported hate crimes per year. If one ten-thousandth of one percent of those hate crimes involved some version of the knockout game, the Eric Holder-led DOJ would have had at least 41 other opportunities to pursue federal hate crime charges during the five years the Obama administration has been in charge.

“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,” contends black American columnist Larry Elder. Elder points out that both National Public Radio and the New York Times have labeled such incidents as overblown. He further notes that, following an incident where 30-40 black youths and adults attacked three white girls in Long Beach, CA — with eyewitnesses reporting the mob yelling, “We hate white people, f*** whites!” as it occurred — NPR didn’t report the incident for a month. When they did, it was used to question “whether blacks, given America’s history of racism, can even commit a ‘hate crime,” Elder explained.

Americans would be disturbed to learn how those in charge of the DOJ would answer the above question.

For instance, upon taking office, former head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, declared that the department’s mission would be to focus on legal activism on behalf of minority groups, including illegal immigrants, “people of color” and Muslims, among others.  As Byron York wrote of Perez’s appointment at the time:

He is promising a huge increase in prosecution of alleged hate crimes. He vows to use “disparate impact theory” to pursue discrimination cases where there is no intent to discriminate but a difference in results, such as in test scores or mortgage lending, that Perez wants to change. He is even considering a crackdown on Web sites on the theory that the Internet is a “public accommodation” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams has extensively documented the level of poisonous ideology that has infected the department under the direction of Eric Holder, who has turned the agency into a lawless tool of racial politics.

Take, for example, the gang of 30 rampaging individuals who terrorized the Iowa State Fair in 2010. Eyewitnesses reported that they were yelling it was “beat whitey night,” while they roamed the grounds looking for people to attack. A similar incident occurred at the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, where eyewitnesses also identified a mob that injured several people as “young African American teens.” The DOJ didn’t even investigate either incident, much less pursue hate crime indictments. Contrast this with the DOJ’s role in helping to organize the racial lynch-mob calling for George Zimmerman’s head in 2012 over false charges of law enforcement racism. According to Holder, the DOJ is still considering ways to charge the acquitted Zimmerman.

If the Barrett case were the beginning of a trend of the DOJ equitably prosecuting these brutal and senseless crimes as hate crimes, then that would be all well and good. However, the notion that the DOJ’s newfound interest in prosecuting this particular type of violence is colorblind remains doubtful. A Department led by a man who dismissed America as a “nation of cowards” because we wouldn’t have a “national conversation on race,” even as his efforts to pursue selective, race-based justice has been chronicled by a former insider, no longer gets the benefit of the doubt.

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  • Steven Tyler

    Throw the book at these cowards.

  • Raincolle

    Yes Black people are capable and have actually committed many hate crimes, yet they don’t get charge as hate crimes. The Media are the real cowards for not letting the axe swing both ways on race related violence. Of course their is a right way and wrong way to balance the scales. Clearly, our country isn’t brave enough to take a shot at striking a meaningful and recognizable balance on handling minorities and whites with the same level of seriousness on hate crimes. Black people or any other race group does not need special treatment when they commit the same crimes as white people. All races need to be held accountable and should have nothing to do with their color. It should be about criminal intent and having evidence to support any claims made about said intent, when filing charge in accordance with the nature of the crime committed.

    I’m black and I have come so close to knocking out another black person for being racist towards white people. So many times I’ve heard young black men claim they hate white people because they believe white people are racist towards black people. I hate reverse racism and race related ignorance. I would love to play the knockout game to knockout every black, white, hispanic or other race of person that reveal themselves to be racists. Racism has no limits to who can be racists, ignorance comes in a flavors, and they all can kiss butt of America the Beautiful Melting Pot of racial and cultural diversity.

    • Flashbang

      This is the beginning of the race war. Obama supports black on white crime -it is state sponsored terrorism.

    • kilfincelt

      Well said! Justice is supposed to be blind and all Americans are supposed to receive equal treatment before the law. When the DOJ fails to enforce laws equally then it has violated its mandate. Holder should be impeached and, if found guilty, disbarred. He should lose his government pension along with any other government perks he may have received. Criminal charges, if any are applicable, should be brought against him as well. All the attorneys in the DOJ should be vetted and fired if they did not uphold all the laws of the land equally. We need to demonstrate that in this country everyone is subject to the rule of law no matter who or what they are or believe.

      • laura r

        “should” is just a word. reality is different. our country has changed. too late for should.

      • PAthena

        Note that Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the case against the New Black Panthers who were intimidating voters at a poll booth in Philadelphia – even caught on video doing so. The case had been brought by the Bush administration. J. Christian Adams writes about this in his book INJUSTICE.
        Attorney General Holder is a dishonest, black racist.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Very aptly stated, my friend.

      Double standards exist because people of all backgrounds and races allow them to. We must not tolerate such actions, nor should we tolerate those in power over us employing such methods to entrench their political power.

      • EmDem

        I agree entirely, but when we have a government that quite actively takes the other side, how do we get that change implemented? Add in Sharpton, J. Jackson, et al., and there is no access to the people who need to hear that truth.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Reluctantly, I have to agree. Even on the internet, “getting the message out” is a problem when the internet giants freely punish anyone who disagrees with the official line of thought.

          But remember the massive Tea Party rallies of 2010. We need them this summer, by a factor of 10 …

    • laura r

      when blks are given special treatment, it sends the message that they are less than. that they are not civilized, so forgive them. i hear that loud & clear. i hear it from blk race baiters, professors. i especially resent the white race hustles w/their privilege business. this promotes self hatred in blks, deep guilt & passivity in whts. what does this mean on a deeper level? divide & conquer, am i correct?

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  • Bamaguje

    Let me get this straight, if Black mobs attack Whites, it’s no big deal…
    But if a White guy attacks a Black, it’s hate crime.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      That’s about the size of it …

      • kikorikid

        Holder has stated that if there were Civil Rights violations,
        and the victim is White, he will not prosecute.
        It is a willful abrogation of the principle of
        “Equal Protection under the Law”.

        • Notalibfool

          Someone needs to ask “Dr” Allen G. Johnson (the white privilege “expert”) to explain this.

          • laura r

            theres also tim wise, & several others.

        • NJK

          Let’s home Karma catches up with Holder one day, and he becomes the victim of a crime. One that kills him, I hope. From the pardoning of FALN terrorists, to Fast and Furious, I can think of no one, more deserving.

          • laura r

            your putting too much personal emotion into this. that means he has it all over you.

    • laura r

      RIGHT

  • Mach1Duck

    I grew up in the military, I can remember my farther and his comrad in arms complaining when Harry Truman opened the doors for blacks to be integrated into military units. When I entered military service, I found no racism, some of my best friends were not of my race. The Civil Rights movment set the military on edge. Then came EEO, and the government started promoting unqualified non-white people into jobs they were not suited for, even the blacks in uniform were complaining about the inequality of civilian support jobs on military post. Even here there did not seem to be discrimination between the races. Watts, Cleveland, Rodney King…did not seem to make a difference; in Vietnam, the balcks tended to isolate themselves from the non-black ranks, still there was no conflict. And now, we have a president and DOJ who are actively promoting racism. Our Harvard professor, Zimmerman, and now the knockouters. It is not the people, it is the government. I would encourage everyone to stand against this senseless practice and demand non-racism of our government.

    • Sussex Girl

      No one seems to have any problem with the student demands for all-black or all-Hispanic or all-LGBT dorms at colleges and universities across the nation. So what would the response be if a group of white students demanded an all-white dorm?

      • laura r

        i thought the LGBT wanted co ed bathrooms? i thought they wanted full entry to every dorm?

  • guest

    “If the Barrett case were the beginning of a trend of the DOJ equitably prosecuting brutal and senseless crimes as hate crimes, then that would be all well and good.”

    Agreed

    Eric Holder’s DOJ has 3 years left to show if they are going to prosecute all Hate Crimes. As the author points out they will get 41 chances a year to show they can equitably prosecute the Hate Crimes involving the Knockout Game.

    A mere 1 or 2 prosecutions a year will show a definite trend of omission not equal justice.

    • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

      This will not happen. In fifteen years it has not happened. There is no desire or volition within the DOJ — and state agencies — to do so.

      These laws are inequality, codified and enforced.

  • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

    This is the culmination of fifteen years of efforts led initially by Elena Kagan and Eric Holder under Clinton to destroy the concept of equality before the law and to shift public attention from crimes committed by minorities to largely minor or misrepresented incidents.

    Hate crimes laws were and are the engine of this destruction. Also to blame, prominently, are the original members of the hate crimes coalition that was empowered to “define” these laws for prosecutors and police, and who have been training these groups ever since to enforce the law inequitably: Abe Foxman’s ADL, the HRC (gay group), the NAACP (which played a smaller role, because they could), the SPLC, the Simon Weisenthal Center, and an alphabet soup of smaller ethnic lobbies — MALDEF and La Raza have taken on bigger roles of late. These are the organizations who should be blamed for creating and imposing the toxic regime in which whites and women are counted as lesser in the eyes of the law.

    But we feed this system by accepting the entirely manufactured statistics labelled “hate crime” by the DOJ. Before the word went out not to speak to me, state administrators responsible for collecting the material for the DOJ were quite upfront about their view that these numbers are utterly manipulated. To accept the stats is endorsing the fraud.

    • laura r

      i dont believe in “hate” crimes. crime is crime, threats are threats. to go deeper is a distraction. now, isnt that easy? elect me, i keep it simple. committ the crime do the time.

    • Drakken

      The more these special groups marginalize and degenerate whites, the greater the backlash that will eventually come to pass. All it is going to take is for some white guy, who won’t be a victim, take out a dozen blacks and then watch as the whole rotten house comes crumbling down, and when that happens, there won’t be anything local law enforcement will be able to do to stop it, much less an Obummer official.

      • laura r

        are you sure? i dont think it will play out that way. the guy who “takes out” a dozen blks will be executed. then the police will keep on eye on whts, stop & frisk etc. blacks will be able to attack whites like they do now but worse. police wont help @ all. riots will be all over the place, no police help. whts will have to stay inside. remember the story of the warsaw ghetto. they took out several dozen nazis, then the nazis outnumbered them. dont be surprised if the govt calls in the national guard, to keep whites down. mark my words, you read it here!

        • Drakken

          The police themselves would become targets then, and you know bloody well most of the police com from the white demographic. So mark my words, the police will side with the whites, you heard I here first.

          • laura r

            i hope you are right. what about the cities where the police force is like 50% black, or more?

    • NJK

      I wish someone would start calling lobbying what it is, bribery.

    • autdrew

      That is exactly why I have been outspoken against “hate crimes”, also to be considered “thought crimes” since you are being punished more for what someone may or may not be thinking. We are supposedly equal before the law & the idea that some people are entitled to special treatment by virtue of an accident of birth is blatantly unconstitutional. The James Byrd case in point, Mr Byrd did NOT deserve to die, regardless of his color. His killers deserved to have the book thrown at them, regardless of their color. They got the death penalty. What more could they have been given with “hate crime” laws? There’s nothing higher than death but it never stops them from dragging him out (no pun intended) when the subject comes up.
      Now that we have the racist holder AG’ s office, we get to see the true meaning of these laws. It was assumed that they would apply equally. Now we see one group is ALWAYS the victim, even if the don’t meet the criteria or worse, if they meet the criteria for the perpetrators. The other group will ALWAYS be the perpetrators, even if they don’t meet the criteria or meet the criteria of a victim.

  • cedars rebellion

    Gee, it’s just providing cover for the Left and MSM to deflect the racial hatred fermenting in black communities. It’s the “shred of truth” the Left needs to proclaim these are “youth” crimes and not Black-on-White fun games. Queue up Star Wars “move on, nothing to see here” scene.

  • WhiteHunter

    It just occurred to me that Obama’s entire time in office has been, metaphorically speaking, a hate crime against America; and each blow that he’s inflicted on us — obamacare, IRS, F&F, NSA, and all the rest — are his version, on a massive scale, of the “knockout game,” “played” against us, our Constitution, our culture, and our economy.

    • DavidBastable

      Perfect analogy. Love it.

    • jackcb

      Well said!

    • laura r

      i wonder how many wht obama voters read his book before 2008? what were people thinking?

    • NJK

      He’s a terrorist. According to Egypt he’s a MB member. I believe them.

    • Terence Sommer

      Well said.

  • poetcomic1

    Boy was this stupid white jerk a Godsend to the Mammy State. They couldn’t of dreamed him up.

    • Habbgun

      They did dream him up. There are always idiots out there and a good politician will find ways to posture by being against them. There is no doubt they have some kind of database where they look for characteristics and find a “personalized” target. Think Nakoula after Benghazi. Most hate crimes are idiotic because all you really need to do is enforce real laws (assault and battery) etc. Hate crimes are ultimately used against the innocent.The politician or academic can’t argue that you are a thug but they can say you share the same attitudes as a thug.Once you’ve been characterized as a thug they can ignore you.

  • nomoretraitors

    Holder is racist against whites? Tell me something I don’t already know

  • nomoretraitors

    “30 rampaging individuals who terrorized the Iowa State Fair in 2010. Eyewitnesses reported that they were yelling it was “beat whitey night,” while they roamed the grounds looking for people to attack. A similar incident occurred at the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee”
    Part of this I blame on the white communities there. Why didn’t they ban together and fight back?

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Because they didn’t want their lives on CNN. An organized effort to fight back or retaliate would have been sauce for the leftist goose.

      It seems odd, but white Americans are apt to weigh their legal position ahead of their safety. When “Beat Whitey Night” was held at the Wisconsin State Fair people were in a state of shock that it was happening because for the most part they are pro-diversity, multiculturalism-worshipping leftists. So why on earth would blacks attack them? They’re the good guys!

      Yea, but they weren’t black. And that’s the key to black racism; it is TOTAL.

      The only families who escaped without injuries were able to conceal themselves. I can admit that even if I had a gun, I would be more inclined to hide my family than go into the conflict. Might be different if I was at the fair alone or with a group of other armed men.

      The guerilla tactics will lead this to some sort of conclusion. The numbers might make it seem obvious. But the law really is looking the other way. So most white Americans are well aware that the courts are a crap shoot. It will take a substantially hideous set of events to finally break this situation open. Though I wonder how bad it has to be when I consider the hideous events in Knoxville.

      Also remember that any pro-white organization of any kind, even a garden club, will be labeled as racist and set upon y press, slimy lawyers and lots of in your ace diversity. And just try to form a “secret” club of any size if you are white.

      • Drakken

        What the lesson of Knoxville has done is made the whites there arm up and the blacks there now are afraid of a confrontation with anyone white because whitey will shoot first and ask questions later. Race relations there are at its lowest point in history and it will get a lot worse. The whites down there have a saying, shoot, make sure dead, and walk on and forget it.

    • Drakken

      Because whitey is scared to death of lawfare and what it will do to their lives and wipe out their wealth. It is only a matter of time before some white guy says the heck with it and refuses to be a victim and that is when the blacks go completely Mau Mau, there will be no stopping it from there.

  • Mark McDonald

    yes, more proof that the white house is all about racism. when dozens of blacks and muslims played the knock-out game, they let the local police handle it. when one white person plays the knock-out game, the DOJ comes running to make sure that it is a hate crime.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    This is political cover. Obama knows that the knockout ‘game’ is clearly racial and that its getting too frequent to deny. So by bringing prosecution against a white first, Obama accomplishes two important goals; he can say to black people that he’s prosecuting white people for the same crime and, he can continue to keep the liberal low-info voter duped as to the racial results of progressive policies..

  • sicko

    he`s going to have sooooooo much fun when he gets to his cage. Those folks in prison love to play games as well.

    • alericKong

      Another disgusting set of crimes ignored by big government advocates.

  • Ken

    To Describe or Treat any American other than just American is a crime and is dividing this Nation.

  • laura r

    there are different rules for blacks & whites. similar to germany pre ww2. germany was more honest about it. the rules were stated & enforced. when will the US govt come out & put it on paper? whites have no protection, end of case. whites are the new jews. except whites are the majority, this makes for an interesting twist.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Yep..

  • T-Rex

    “Hate crimes” are another government overreach permitted by catch-phrase driven “do-gooders” who further their cause with politically correct terms designed to categorize as barbarians those who do not agree with nanny state progressive ideal of social engineering.

    The idea of a “hate crime” is ludicrous in that it makes the motive the crime. Hate is a motive and, like lust for money is the motive for robbery, we do not prosecute robbers for lust but we have now decided to prosecute assailants for motive.

    If anything, the motive of hate should be used to further re-enforce the prosecution of an assault and not become the crime itself.

  • Gamal

    Maybe Barrett was getting revenge because of all the black knockouts of whites.

  • pissedoffandtiredofit

    Clearly “white people” have been “privileged” too long and we’re now getting what we deserve…right? Ridiculous. Don’t expect the media to report it both ways, and don’t expect our current govt. “leadership” to treat it fairly either. No votes for the next dems if obumba doesn’t help the race card.

    • justquitnow

      Don’t forget your “White Girl Bleed A lot” coffee mug and Tshirt so you never have to be without your racial animus. For only a few dollars more you can get your “black people hate you and want to kill you” sign to put above your bathroom mirror.

      • Drakken

        Silly libtard, nobody takes you useful idiots serious anymore, the problem is, you and others of your leftist ilk are a danger to us all and our Great Republic.

        • justquitnow

          Wtf are you even talking about anymore…it’s like cultic madlibs….left this and commie that. Just f*ck off you self righteous parrot. I could write a program that could post automatically with more variation and AI than you demonstrate. You actually want a mug that says “White Girl Bleed A lot”….then you’re a sick muppet.

          • Drakken

            You bloody progressives sure project a lot, if we conservatives pizz you off? We must be doing something right

          • justquitnow

            my cat uses the same strategy to get fed. Just make the same repetitive meow again and again and again until you either feed him or want to drop-kick him into the backyard.

          • Drakken

            Oh so your a cat person, why am I not surprised. That does explain everything.

          • American1969

            Project much?

          • justquitnow

            That doesn’t even make sense. You sure you don’t want to call me a hypocrite instead? Do ya even know?

          • Drakken

            The synopsis’s in your brain housing group are misfiring, that is what make you special.

      • laura r

        the book is straight facts. no opinions, just reports. i dont like the cups/hats either, but im not his publicist.

        • justquitnow

          Just as long as you are afraid of the blacks. I was looking at stats of sharks attacks out of order with odd emphasis and with graphic bloody detail and I’m afraid to go into my swimming pool.

          • laura r

            besides the pool, maybe you should stay out if several malls?

  • Sussex Girl

    For a good documentation of the situation, read Colin Flaherty’s book White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore it.

  • rhondajo3

    Will the teenager, who appears to be black, who raped and murdered his high school teacher be charged with a hate crime? He left behind a note that said, “I hate you all”.

    • justquitnow

      Really? Are you confused about what constitutes a “hate crime” and why such laws exist in the first place?

      • Drakken

        Obviously you are confused, but then again, all libtards are the smartest dumb people there are.

      • American1969

        So Liberals are the only ones that get to determine what a Hate Crime is? Are you kidding? What a hypocrite.

        • justquitnow

          I don’t know what “liberals” do and do not get to determine, but a “hate crime” is defined by law:

          http://www.justice.gov/crs/pubs/htecrm.htm

          not by mine or your interpretation of the word combo. I don’t think you know what “hypocrite” means.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

      No, and the reason why is because the top charge is murder – a top-class felony in every state, DC, and the federal level. Hate crime laws are designed to enhance the punishment for a crime by a felony count, but you cannot enhance a charge of murder, as there is no higher class of felony to which to enhance it (that is, there is no such thing as a Class A+ felony).

      • laura r

        what ever happened w/that case?

  • frank

    The game is over reported. I was attacked twice by stupid townies in 1979 and 1984 for nothing, White on white crime. I guess it was ok because it wasn’t videotaped.

    • Chris Behme

      Well since you haven’t experienced it, it must not exist.
      You sound like a double Obama voter to me.
      Since white on white crime exists, black on white doesn’t.
      Yep. Two Obama/Biden stickers on your rusty Prius.

    • justquitnow

      Well yeah, the videotaping of it, the premeditation of doing an assault for fun, and targeting people randomly on the streets (within a race or not) are thing that make it “the game” but even that is really loose…

      • Drakken

        You really are retarded, if you cannot find simple facts, I would suggest you go to major city newspapers and read between the lines, when they don’t describe race in a crime, it means the perp is black, so shortbus, start reading.

  • akbass

    We’re living Orwell’s “1984.” R.I.P., USA.

    • laura r

      i think its about time people faced the music, its over. this is the way it is, it will get worse, study history. it may feel good to vent on a forum (while we still have this), but later you will be more of an underdog that you are now. we wont have youtube or twitter etc, we will have pravda. whites will be 3rd class citizens if @ all.

  • joespook

    Ever -expanding government now investigating and prosecuting one-on-one assault cases. What has become of the Constitution?

  • John E Coleman

    This Kind of $HIT never ceases to Amaze me !

    Over the last 6 years I have been Forced to believe the old Saying ;
    WE need to Call A SPADE, A GOT DAMN SPADE !!!

  • justquitnow

    “Although there have been several incidents in which it would seem apparent that racial hate was a motivating factor — especially when one considers that other nicknames used to the describe the knockout game are “polar bearing” or “Get the Jew” – an extensive Internet search by this writer failed to turn up a single other incident where the U.S. Department of Justice pursued hate crime charges against anyone allegedly involved in the knockout game.”

    Great…so you do your research with google…or nexus. Did this writer bother to find out what EVIDENCE existed in the other cases that could bring hate crime charges IN ADDITION to the assault and other charges the arrested perps had? That’s kind of important.

    The supposed nickname of the game is not evidence.

    • Drakken

      You wouldn’t know a fact if it bit you. Silly libtards like you are nothing but feelings and emotions, and forget the facts because it doesn’t fit your lefty viewpoint of the world of kumbaya and unicorns.

      • justquitnow

        So is there no evidence you cult douchebag…do these writers stupid questions kind of answer themselves? What facts are you talking about. You’re posts make no sense…you just spew a bit against “lefty”. Every freaking post is the same boring cultic drool from you…FOR YEARS. You’re hopeless…just stop responding to me.

        • Drakken

          Ahhhh what’s the matter libtard? Getting a tad upset? Looks like people are getting rather fed up with leftist progressives as yourself and are waking from their self induced slumber, so stand by Sparky, things are about to get messy for folks like you.

          • justquitnow

            You’re insane. No matter what the topic of discussion you say the same thing. Get messy for me? The only reason you’re still robotically bleeping out the same crap every post is I can’t reach you.

          • Fred

            Yes that is it. Drakken would still read the news, but he would no longer feel the need to respond to a mentally challenged person like yourself.

            The echo chamber of Media Matters would not miss you.

            BTW, do you often threaten people?

          • justquitnow

            Well…if that was a threat, it was a mild one. Drakken posts a lot about far worse. He trolls and posts the same things again and again…something not possible in real life. If you were concerned about the quality of posts or discussing something yourself, you wouldn’t be chiming in at the bottom of one of Drakken’s diverted “your a libtard” threads.

          • Drakken

            I’ll be your huckleberry boy, come on out to sand land and I’ll play.

    • Gislef

      The use of the nicknames would dictate there is enough for the DOJ to investigate.

      When the DOJ chooses not to investigate something with prima facia evidence to find further evidence, of course there is no further evidence.

      What initial evidence led the DOJ to check Bennett’s cell phone?

      • justquitnow

        I don’t know Gislef…I’m not the “writer” who supposedly knows all about it and did research. It’s not like this guy is getting punished and all the others went free. I mean we do know what we are talking about right?

        • laura r

          the media national media ignores reporting blk on wht crimes. regional does a better job.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

        What initial evidence led the DOJ to check Bennett’s cell phone?

        His motormouth.

    • Gislef

      So when “Eyewitnesses reported that they were yelling it was “beat whitey night,” while they roamed the grounds looking for people to attack,” where was the DOJ investigation?

      Or wasn’t the eyewitnesses’ report enough initial evidence for the DOJ to investigate and gather further evidence? Apparently not, because there was no DOJ investigation.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

        Historically, these kinds of crimes have never been the original jurisdiction of the feds, however. They almost always start out as a state investigation. The feds may get the case later on, but vis a vis these instances, unless there is an additional federal matter involved, nothing will be enough for an original federal evidence.

        As such, I see no problem with the lack of a DOJ investigation—so long as the state did an investigation.

    • American1969

      This has been going on for well over a year, and no one but the New Media has dared touch the story. You can be sure that if it was Caucasians doing this to blacks or other people of color, it would be an “epidemic” of racial hatred. Yet, somehow, when blacks do it, the “right is over reporting this and obsessed with a myth”.
      What about the fact that Holder’s DOJ flat-out REFUSED to prosecute New Black Panther Party members for voter intimidation? How about the fact that there are blatant racists in the DOJ who have inadvertently admitted that in their minds, only whites commit Hate Crimes?
      People like you refuse to acknowledge the truth. You’d prefer to bury your heads in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening. The fact that the only white perpetrator to do this so far is being charged with a Federal Hate Crime while blacks are given a free pass is inexcusable.

      • justquitnow

        “The fact that the only white perpetrator to do this so far is being charged with a Federal Hate Crime while blacks are given a free pass is inexcusable.”

        Yes I understand…that was the thrust of the whole article. I pasted a particular relevant portion of the article and asked a question. None of you have answered it. Before you can determine whether this horrible racial discrimination is happening you need that little piece of data…

        Wanting it to be so and telling me more forcibly or angrily that it is so, isn’t really helping forward this argument such as it is.

        You have some gish gallop about the blank panthers and racists in the DOJ. I guess post links if you seriously want that stuff discussed….I mean the black panthers…come on man. You know why they didn’t prosecute them for voter intimidation?

        “No complaints were filed by voters about the incident”

        • DrEvil007

          The Government vacated the case after they were all but convicted.

    • Terry

      If you were a black person at school and some kid near you said n_____ pile, you would not be concerned?

      The nickname means nothing?

      How about the name “Smear the queer”? If you were in a locker room and some kid with an appreciable amount of popularity and a pose looked at you and said it, you would not be scared or apprehensive?

      “The supposed nickname of the game is not evidence.”

      So if a black guy records on a cell phone that they are playing the polar bear game and thhe then knocks over a white person,

      little ‘ole “Justquitnow” sees no evil hears no evil, speaks no evil.

      You are countable infinite types of fool.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

        So if a black guy records on a cell phone that they are playing the polar bear game and he then knocks over a white person…

        That – video – is essentially the level of evidence you would need to win a conviction on a crime as a hate crime…self-incrimination and itent to carry out the act on someone of a different race, creed, ethnicity, national origin, or on the elderly. By contrast, a nickname on social media wouldn’t be admissible unless the suspect owns up to it.

        As for cases where the feds didn’t pursue charges—if the state gets to the suspects first, the feds are barred by double jeopardy from then entering the situation…even if the hate-crime prosecution is unsuccessful at the state level or there is a plea to lesser charges. A proper argument that demonstrates DOJ bias on this issue would center around cases in which the feds, and not state authorities, had original jurisdiction.

        • justquitnow

          Thank you…for saving me having to reply to Terry’s emotional appeal.

      • laura r

        the blacks can record all the knockouts they want & post on worldstar hip hop & their own youtube stations. they have special privileges as they come from slaves.

        • justquitnow

          Oh, so the blacks are posting their evidence on a secret network of secure servers just for black people? Like Terry you assume that the evidence is there…well, then where is it? Keep in mind we are talking specifically about evidence of a hate crime…not a crime…of which many of these perps will be convicted.

          • laura r

            a crime is a crime right? they record this, its all on youtube facebook etc. whats not to get?

          • justquitnow

            Sigh (rubs eyes) yes Laura and all the people who got caught assaulting people were arrested and charged. The article says that The DOJ is racist because this particular perp is white…but the factor that makes the most difference is whether or not it can be proven in a court of law that the attack was racially motivated.

          • laura r

            it doesnt matter if it was racially moivated or not. an attack is an attack (assault0, murder is murder, threats are threats. the racial thing is a distraction. as long as blks are not favored over whts, then justice prevails.

          • justquitnow

            Then why are you posting? The article is about the DOJ being racist because the “hate crime” charges were brought against a white guy…where they have clear, recorded evidence in custody that he attacked that elderly man because he was black. The supposition is made by the writer and other posters that plenty of evidence existed in the other cases as well, but it’s only hearsay. So that was the conversation. No one is arguing that blacks shouldn’t be punished for assault.

          • laura r

            they get away w/it plenty. a white will get a longer sentence than a black. the mainstrem media will ignore blk on wht crime. its called black skin privilege.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    Since ‘polar bear hunting’ is deemed not to be racist driven, does that mean white guys can go ‘black bear hunting’ without fear of hate crime status?

    • laura r

      NO! because they (the black bears) are human, we are not. they are the noble savage, they have culture, they are are spiritual, closer to nature. they are our black huggy bears. they have PTSS, post tramatic slavery sydrome. all whites are responsible for this. so you just have to lay down & take it. listen to your leaders, submit. why not? most of america & europe does…. get w/the “program”. dont like it? too bad.

  • Leland64

    Barrett, the white boy, will be burned at the stake, or something, for his unforgivable assault on a defenseless 78 year old black man. Guilt and punishment are assured because Barrett is a white boy and white on black crime is a bell ringer for “My People” Holder’s DOJ. Any chance of hate crime prosecution of black on white attackers?

    • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

      Well, you’ll need a criminal as dumb as Barrett to provide the evidence all by himself. Most of the time, hate crime prosecutions are unsuccessful because the bar is set so high.

  • American1969

    First off, this person that committed this crime is a worthless POS who should be taken out somewhere and have his @ss kicked for about an hour. Punching an old man? Wow—-what a brave soul you are! Your family must be soooo proud!
    It is blatantly obvious that this idiot is being made an example of only because he is white. Under Eric Holder, this DOJ has been used as a blunt instrument to promote a race-baiting, class-baiting agenda. Holder’s refusal to prosecute the NBPP for their voter intimidation cr@p back in 2008 is a blatant example.
    The Obama Administration is promoting and pushing racial tensions. The Left wants race wars. They are trying to re-create the Sixties and finish what they started way back when. Personally, I think the American people are too smart for that. We’ve come too far as a nation since then, but these people are counting on stupid, gullible idiots to carry it out for them.

    • Elizabeth Cape Cod

      I couldn’t agree more – this guy is a despicable punk for hitting a senior citizen. He is racist scum and deserves the punishment, and so do violent blacks who are hunting white people because of their race.
      This administration is about a social agenda and social justice – not legal justice, and they are making us more racially divided then we’ve been since the 60s era.

  • Remember

    Holder is a racist anti-white. He should be kicked out of office along with Obama. The worst President in American history.

  • Remember

    Pound the Demorats in 2014. Fight to get these hate crimes off the books since they are applied unevenly. Give Obama a present in 2014 of two houses that are Republican. Take back American and stop giving charity to blacks.

  • http://www.pantanolaw.com/ PantanoLaw.com

    Sorry, but this is not “curious” at all. We have a Black racist President.

    • Omar

      The president is mixed-raced (half-black and half-white) who is not even directly related to the original African diaspora to the Western Hemisphere (Obama’s father is from Kenya, which is located in East Africa, while the ancestors of most black people in the Western Hemishere came from West Africa. You can use this argument to discredit the Kwanzaa “holiday”). The president doesn’t care about civil rights or equality at all.

      • laura r

        he took on the blk nationalist identity in college.

  • guest29

    Well, what did you expect, Arnold?! Barrett hit one of HIS (Holder’s) people.

    So why be surprised at all? When Barack Hussein Obama promoted Susan Rice to Secretary of State it was an in-your-face gesture of contempt to show that Obama can do whatever he pleases with impunity.

    Here’s my question: when are We the People going to Walk the Talk (i.e., stop the writing and starting the fighting)?

    I’ll tell you when: When Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and David Horowitz and Glenn Beck will together PERSONALLY rally their loyal listeners to march with them ALL to the steps of our despicably delinquent Congress and DEMAND justice, accountability, and TRUE transparency.

    Coordinate it, work out the logistics — do whatever you have to do to make it happen. Millions of angry Americans who are sick and tired of their rights being violated by this imperial president who has broken his oath, are the same Americans who teem with indignation towards a tepid, timid Congress.

    If, as David Horowitz has recently written in urging our Conservative Brethren to put aside for the moment the secondary and tertiary issues that create some division among us, and come together on the core Conservative virtues and principles that unite us — if we are willing to take a such a stand, to make the sacrifice of time and talent, I believe that Conservatives can pull our country back from the brink – for that is exactly where we are.

    Can you envision it? Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Mark Steyn, David Horowitz, Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and a host of other indisputed leaders of the conservative grassroots movement that we know affectionately as The Tea Party uniting together on one stage (with lots of extra security!) to form the intellectual juggernaut that radically transforms America for what is the Good, the True and the Beautiful on November 4th — an election of the results of which will be both historically unprecedented and lasting.

    Arnold Ahlert … just show me, tell me — tell US — where and when. We will be there!

  • Omar

    We need new hate crime prevention legislation in order to prevent atrocities like the “knockout game” from happening again. But we need real hate crime prevention legislation, not the so-called “hate crime prevention” legislation promoted by the left that focuses on only certain categories of people. In all cases, we need effective legislation to address this massive problem. Behold the Jesse Dirkhising and Ken Tillery Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This proposed legislation would not only combat all hate crimes, regardless of who commits them,bt will also require a watchdog to keep an eye on the left/MSM/academia for any biases regarding hate crimes. This proposed legislation is named after Jesse Dirkhising and Ken Tillery, two people whose stories were buried by the left/MSM/academia because of the extreme level of political correctness that is predominant in this country today. Jesse Dirkhising was a straight teenager who was killed by two homosexual men in 1999, while Ken Tillery was a white Texas man who was killed in 2002 by three black men in a similar fashion to how James Byrd, Jr. died (dragging death from a car. Coincidentally, the crime happened in the same town, Jasper, as the original dragging incident). Yet, the Dirkhising and Tillery events didn’t get the same national attention as the Shepard and Byrd events because of political correctness. Since the left dominates the MSM and academia, Jesse’s and Tillery’s stories got snubbed in order for the left to continue its oppressor-oppressed narrative about American society. It is time to overcome political correctness and combat hate crimes of all kinds.

    • laura r

      revoke the term “hate crime” isnt a crime a crime?

  • Daniel

    The American government has been infiltrated and taken over by Marxists.

  • Ron

    This stuff keeps happening sooner or later somebody going to start a race war and open fire on blacks in the streets. Wait till some white gunman goes postal

    • laura r

      thats what they want, so they can blame whites. its a no brainer. people need to be armed for self defence, avoid croweded places.

  • Ron

    This is so unfair. The Supreme Court should throw out all of these hate crime laws. Sooner or later somebody going to get angry and go postal. What a double standard.

  • Idl

    Can these people really be this stupid? Everybody sees through this. Plus, they’re making the majority of Americans (white people, still) very angry. Again. Are they really this stupid, or is there some reason why they’re doing this?

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    If there is one American who should be tried for hate crimes it is Eric Holder and the second is his boss, Obama.

  • game pvtk

    are his version, on a massive scale, of the “knockout game,” “played” against us, our Constitution, our culture, and our economy.

    game pvtk

  • Richard

    Recently we had about 99 teenagers thrown out of Florida State Fair for rampaging. Of course the new media would not comment on the fact they were black. The problem is in the family structure and the lack of a strong father that teaches discipline and respect for others in the black community. Our govt is an enabler of the single mother “family”. The poor mother who has to work and raise her kids without the help of a father, that is the problem.