That seems to be the thesis of an article spewed out from Slate.com.
The writer goes to great lengths to weave a sordid tale of insidious misdirections that would do Alex Jones proud.
The video below was, like the 1969 moon landing and the JFK assassination, staged.
Before you write off the phenomenon as a vast right-wing conspiracy concocted by them damniable white TeaParty-type racists, take note: In 2011 an article published in Riverfront Times (St. Louis) detailed the phenomenon and won an award from the National Association of Black Journalists. The article, written by John Tucker, was titled Knockout King: Kids call it a game. Academics call it a bogus trend. Cops call it murder.
Yep. You read that right.
The knock-out phenomenon was not only acknowledged by the black media, an article about it won its highest award.
White-wing conspiracy? Sorry, Left-Wing Media: Your Race Card Has Been Declined.
Sorry, Right-Wing Media: The "Knockout Game" Trend Is a Myth.Continue reading ►
By Emma Roller
I remember the summer of 2011, a story about a crowd of teenagers at the Wisconsin State Fair randomly attacking fairgoers went viral as a sign of a burgeoning race war. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel fanned the flames, calling the teenagers "rampaging youths" who caused "mob-like disturbances":
"Then around the closing time of 11 p.m., witnesses told the Journal Sentinel, dozens to hundreds of black youths attacked white people as they left the fair, punching and kicking people and shaking and pounding on their vehicles."
"Dozens to hundreds"? When witnesses can't differentiate between 24 and 100, should we really rely on them to speculate whether a crime was racially motivated? One of the reasons the story gained so much traction could have stemmed from the fact that Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the country, and it validated white residents' fear that their black neighbors are dangerous.
Now, the false trend story of black mob violence has cropped up again, as it seems to do annually, in conservative media outlets. (McKay Coppins wrote about this phenomenon in BuzzFeed last year.) The new scare is the "knockout game," in which black youths supposedly attack innocent people just for fun. Conservative pundits decry the MSM for suffering from political correctness and whitewashing crimes perpetrated by black people, but a more reasonable explanation for why most media outlets aren't devoting round-the-clock coverage to the knockout game is that—sorry, Sean Hannity—there is no hard data showing that it's a trend.
An important clarification: the game definitely exists, and has been around for at least a couple of years. I'm not claiming the game doesn't exist. But the idea that it's reached epidemic levels, or that it's only being played by young black people, is a fallacy. As Alan Noble convincingly writes, "Analyzing data is not as simple as watching some YouTube videos and Googling 'knockout game.'" And when it comes to the knockout game's supposed popularity, the data is almost entirely anecdotal:
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