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    Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Many in the media are making it appear as if this is some sort of game spreading like wild fire from coast to coast. It's simply not true.

    It's important that folks not get caught up in the hype of the Knockout Game without putting it in historical, social and political context.

    ..If we look at this honestly, every generation and every inner city has had some sort of Knockout Game or unsavory group action that was attributed to black youth that the media brought to the forefront...

    ...What's being reported now is the repackaging and rewording age-old propaganda designed to stoke fears, increase ratings and justify demonizing and criminalizing entire groups of people....

    ...It was just a few years ago that our nation's newspapers were splattered with headlines about how a group of suburban teens from Long Island attacked two Ecuadorean brothers who were walking arm and arm thinking they were gay and "illegally," brutally beat them with bats, killing one. Once caught it was discovered that this group of teens who had dubbed themselves "The Caucasian Crew" had been on a week-long spree of jumping brown folks who they thought were undocumented. They described "Beaner Jumping" as a commonplace game. .

    ...Some of you reading this are old enough to recall that if you lived in New York City in the '70s there was a game called "Kill Nigger Day" and if you went to certain parts of town like Bensonhurst, Brookland, Pelham Bay in the Bronx, Howard Beach in Queens, you were gonna get mobbed on by angry whites who basically did this for fun....

    (THE ARTICLE PROVIDES SEVERAL MORE EXAMPLES HERE)

    I could go on listing things, but the larger point I'm getting at is that sadly mob violence is as American as apple pie. From the "Knockout Game" and "Beaner Jumping...

    It should not be excused as boys being boys or teens just doing a little mischief-making. This is why the Knockout Game reporting has been so troubling; because it acts like this is something new and isolated to one group of people versus it being systemic with deep-seated roots in our country's psyche. In fact the media sensationalizing and outright lying about a trend that doesn't exist could be characterized as a game of Knockout by proxy, because the end result will be folks reacting aggressively and maybe even fatally to imagined dangers conjured up by media hype....

    The nationwide hype of the Knockout Game is designed to get us hysterically upset, fearful and angry resulting in us embracing policies and laws that will soon be proposed that justify racial profiling designed to protect us (translation: protect good white folks from out of control black and brown mobs).


    Don't be so easily manipulated people. This type of behavior (and this kind of "game") has been present for a long time and practiced by a variety of ethnic groups. It is not some frightening new trend and there are not roving bands of black youth coming to get you.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davey-...media&ir=Media
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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    This to me is one of the issues fueling racism in this country. We are subjected constantly through the media in this country the image of the "evil black male". Shows like Cops, bait car, and even the news are always pushing this irrational fear of black people that does nothing but divide us.

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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    I don't watch 24/7 news . . . so I haven't *seen* anything like video - all I've *seen* are a few forum references and news articles.

    I'm a bit bothered that anyone would try to pretend it's not happening, when it clearly is. People are running up to strangers and whacking them in the head to knock them out, yes?

    It's one thing to feel something is being over-hyped in the media, etc, but another thing to say "it's not a bit deal" when it is a big deal. If it's been going on - off and on - for a long time, then there's a bigger issue, actually. That's called 'no one talked about this before? WTF?'
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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Quote Originally Posted by Naptyme View Post
    This to me is one of the issues fueling racism in this country. We are subjected constantly through the media in this country the image of the "evil black male". Shows like Cops, bait car, and even the news are always pushing this irrational fear of black people that does nothing but divide us.
    I agree. I think is a problem that many people do not understand.

    This irrational fear is also what provokes many people to perceive a threat where there is none and I wonder if this fear doesn't provoke aggressiveness on their parts which is later defended as standing their ground.

    I tried to start a thread on the topic that didn't get much attention but the information is still interesting if you are interested

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/off-to...ed-threat.html
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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I don't watch 24/7 news . . . so I haven't *seen* anything like video - all I've *seen* are a few forum references and news articles.

    I'm a bit bothered that anyone would try to pretend it's not happening, when it clearly is. People are running up to strangers and whacking them in the head to knock them out, yes?

    It's one thing to feel something is being over-hyped in the media, etc, but another thing to say "it's not a bit deal" when it is a big deal. If it's been going on - off and on - for a long time, then there's a bigger issue, actually. That's called 'no one talked about this before? WTF?'
    I think it has been talked about before. It continues to resurface and this is one of those times when it is popular to talk about again. The real question to me is....why does it happen in the first place.
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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Liberals always shriek "Old News" about subjects that make them uncomfortable and for which there are no suitable lies they can make up by way of explanation.

    This particular practice of blacks against whites is so brutal and defining of the modern American black culture that no one cares why it happens, they just want it stopped now. In this case, blacks are creating their own stereotype and for decades in the future, many whites will now be crossing the street instead of walking beside them.

    It is no one's fault but their own.

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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    Liberals always shriek "Old News" about subjects that make them uncomfortable and for which there are no suitable lies they can make up by way of explanation.

    This particular practice of blacks against whites is so brutal and defining of the modern American black culture that no one cares why it happens, they just want it stopped now. In this case, blacks are creating their own stereotype and for decades in the future, many whites will now be crossing the street instead of walking beside them.

    It is no one's fault but their own.
    Random acts of violence are not new to this country and is certainly not isolated to one race.

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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Quote Originally Posted by opendebate View Post
    I agree. I think is a problem that many people do not understand.

    This irrational fear is also what provokes many people to perceive a threat where there is none and I wonder if this fear doesn't provoke aggressiveness on their parts which is later defended as standing their ground.

    I tried to start a thread on the topic that didn't get much attention but the information is still interesting if you are interested

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/off-to...ed-threat.html
    I agree with most of that post except the Martin case being an example. I think a better example would have been the Florida AM player that police gunned down. The homeowners called the police on him believing he was a robber when he was simply looking for help.

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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    I heard about it, and all I can say is that it's all fun and games until someone tries to hit the wrong guy. It's a really good way to get shot or stabbed.
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    Re: Don't Believe All the Media Hype About the 'Knockout Game'

    Typical media hype BS.

    I remember years ago reading an in-depth Time article about Crack Cocaine, it's intense high and nasty addiction.

    As soon as I finished the article, I knew that crack usage would go through the roof due to the article.

    It did.
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