In 2011, however, an article published in Riverfront Times (St. Louis) detailing the phenomenon 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.
"Don Pizzo, a retired Sgt., told KMOX that he recalls three or four reports of the “knock out kinds” going back to 2008," according to one report.
When I attended a black high school in the late 1960s, it was common for black thugs to sucker punch white students from behind. Though not referred to as a knock-out game, the process was virtually identical: A group of blacks would walk up behind a white student. One of the black students would hit the victim as hard as possible in the head. The other blacks would laugh and cheer at the victim's pain.
Our school was patrolled by a number of full-time police officers assigned exclusively to the campus. I recall one disturbance on the black side of the cafeteria (students self-segregated when allowed to do so). One of the white police officers waded into the mob of blacks to break up the brawl. A black student picked up a chair and slammed the officer in the back of the head. The policeman, who was a fixture on the campus, disappeared for several weeks. When he returned to the job, he was sporting a bandage on the back of his head.
In his autobiography Abraham Lincoln recalls he and a friend being attacked by a mob of seven black males. Lincoln was nineteen years old at the time. Lincoln said he and his friend managed to fend off their attackers until they were able to escape. Considering that Lincoln stood 6' 4" at a time when men's height averaged about 5"6', Lincoln's ability to survive an attack by seven blacks is plausible. (If you care to read the Lincoln attack first hand, you may do so by clicking on the link I've provided here. You will find the tale at the end of the second paragraph. Note that, for some reason, it's written in the third person as if dictated to a writer who conveyed the autobiography in a 'he said' mode.)
Media attention to knock-out attacks seems to have been spawned of late by conservatives frustrated with leftists constantly "playing the race card" in an effort to establish the myth of white guilt and black victimization in the minds of Americans. The white guilt myth is largely responsible for many of the white votes received by Barack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
In an effort to shore up white guilt and black victimization, Hollywood has released a number of cinematic productions that focus on American history with plats that heavily involve white racism and black victimization. The movies, such as Lincoln, Red Tails, The Help, The Butler, and 12 Years A Slave misrepresent history by omitting cultural phenomenon that counters the leftists' narrative and embellishing history when it serves their purpose.
It is refreshing to observe main-line conservative media outlets routinely tell the truth about black crime, something they feared doing in the past.
‘Knockout Game’ Goes Back to At Least 2008
By Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times
The infamous “knockout game” goes back to at least 2008.
Boone County assistant prosecutor Richard Hicks told the Riverfront Times that he prosecuted three young men for second-degree robbery in 2009.
“At least one of the boys admitted that they were playing a game called ‘The Knockout King,’” Hicks said, referring to another description of the “game.”
The Riverfront Times extensively documented the spate of attacks, and won an award for Feature/Single Story from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Jason, a teen who spoke with the Times on condition of anonymity, discussed the game.
“It was just a little game,” says Jason. “We used to walk to where a lot of people be at and hit ‘em. If one of the homeboys didn’t knock him out, then the other would come. Whoever knock him out would be king.”
“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,” explains Brandon, who’s standing with a group of friends on Grand Boulevard as a police officer listens nearby. “It’s a bunch of stupid-ass little dudes in a group, like we are now. See this dude walkin’ up behind me?” — Brandon gestures to a longhaired man walking toward him on the sidewalk — “we could just knock him out right now.”
Don Pizzo, a retired Sgt., told KMOX that he recalls three or four reports of the “knock out kinds” going back to 2008.
“Normally it was a group of black males, one of which would strike him as hard as he could in the face, attempting to knock him out with one punch,”
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said on December 1, 2011 that she had recently talked to a teenager who was arrested on a gun charge.
The teen said that he was a “Knock Out Kings” participant and that he had “knocked out” over 300 people.
When the teen was asked why he did this, he said “to get respect.”
“I’m not using this young man’s name because I don’t want to provide him with the notoriety he seeks. Also, I believe his claim of 300 victims is without a doubt inflated. However, I do believe that young people engaged in this activity are doing it as a way to gain respect and importance,” Joyce said.
“I’m not a social worker, I’m a prosecutor. And, as such, I will continue to aggressively pursue those who commit violent crimes in this City. At the same time, I’m urging everyone in our community to think about how they can reach out to our young men and women, before they slide so very far down the scale.”
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom told the Associated Press in December 2011 that there had been 10 “knockout game” attacks over the past 15 months.
“These individuals have absolutely no respect for human life,” St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said.
Additionally, it was reported by the Jersey Journal in January 2011 that a group was suspected of a “knockout game” attack.
“The purpose of the game is to hit people and knock them out,” the police report on the incident said, quoting one of those arrested.
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