‘If I Had A Son’: When Racial Violence Is Ignored
November 20, 2013 by Sam Rolley
On Monday, a group of five white suburban youths in Atlanta videoed a vicious and gratuitous attack against 70-year-old Willard Freeman, who is black, as part of a sick, twisted “game” becoming popular with teens throughout the Nation called “N***er Knocking.”
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, President Barack Obama: Do we have your attention?
Certain aspects of the above lede are pure fiction. (Not that there was never a time in American history when such an event in a southern State would not have been shocking and may have even been condoned by the more bigoted members of the community. But it is highly unlikely that would be the case today.)
The fiction above relates only to the racial composition of victim and perpetrator.
In New York, authorities report that there is a growing trend of young blacks attacking white, usually Jewish, victims at random in the streets. So, sadly, that random, racially motivated acts of violence are being carried out by youths on the streets of American cities is not fiction. And that the perpetrators of such acts consider the assault and potential murder of a random, unsuspecting victim to be part of a game, called the “Knockout Game,” is a reality carried out, so far, with little media fanfare.
The game is nothing new and is not isolated to New York, but was once relegated to black gang culture in the Nation’s harsher urban environments, according to law enforcement. Besides Jews, Asians and other non-blacks in general have been the targets of attack.
Authorities in St. Louis report that these attacks have been rampant in recent years. And similar attacks have occurred in Missouri, Wisconsin and a handful of other States. In Illinois, notably, the game is referred to interchangeably as the “Knockout Game” or “polar-bear hunting” by its enthusiasts.
In New Jersey, 46-year-old Ralph Erick Santiago didn’t survive his unwitting round of “Knockout.”
From the Hinterland Gazette:
Ralph Santiago, 46, was punched in the back of the head in September while being followed by the teens on a Hoboken street. Santiago collapsed onto an iron fence and later died due to a broken neck.
The incident was captured on CCTV and the local police released a video to the media, which led to the teens surrendering to police. They are currently being held without bail at the Hudson County Youth Detention Center.
Why did Santiago die?
“For the fun of it,” one teen said in a video report about the allure of “Knockout.”
In Pittsburgh, teacher James Addlespurger was knocked out by 15-year-old he did not know as he walked home from school last month.
“I was shocked at the whole narrative of it. There were six kids. There was me walking, just normally on my way, and boom came the punch and down I went, straight down with my face falling and hitting the cool concrete. I was shocked. I was speechless. I didn’t really know what to think,” Addlespurger told WTAE.
The media narrative has largely ignored the racial aspect of the “Knockout Game” in the same way that journalists and public officials have seemingly become blind to a larger trend of black-on-white violence throughout the Nation in recent years.
Organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which claims to expose the dirty deeds of “hate groups and extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public” has, based on the non-scientific results of a search through its website, not even acknowledged the “Knockout Game.”
And a look through its most recent “news” headlines provides no evidence that any threat exists America that isn’t fueled by “right-wing extremists.”
Whatever the reason for the lack of interest in racially motivated crimes not of the white-on-black variety, the consequences will be dire.
The Hoover Institution’s Thomas Sowell noted in a recent New York Post op-ed concerning the “Knockout Game”:
Some in the media, as well as in politics, may think that they are trying to avoid provoking a race war by ignoring or playing down these attacks. But the way to prevent a race war is by stopping these attacks, not trying to sanitize them.
If these attacks continue, and continue to grow, more and more people are going to know about them, regardless of the media or the politicians. Responsible people of all races need to support a crackdown on these attacks, which can provoke a white backlash that can escalate into a race war. But political expediency leads in the opposite direction.
And Americans of all races are noticing the trend and the one-sidedness of American racial sensitivity. A recent YouTube commentary produced by a man by the name of Tommy Sotomayor (which had nearly 50,000 views when this article was written) provides a chilling example of the possible future for American race relations if the Sharptons, Jacksons, Obamas and SPLCs of America refuse to acknowledge racism in all forms.
“The targets of all those punches were mainly white people,” Sotomayor said. “Here’s a message to white people: Carry your gun, get a license to carry it in person; and if you see a group of these negroes coming near you, walking towards you, fire upon them.
“Yep,” Sotomayor continued. “Fire upon them. Because they thought this was really funny, and they thought this was really cute — to mess with people.”
The commentator goes on to note: “When black folks do stuff to white folks, it’s funny and nobody wants to say to white people ‘Hey, you might need to watch out. Hey, you might need to take action.’”
America remembers vividly Obama’s infamous “If I had a son” incursion into the George Zimmerman trial several months ago. And now it’s time to ask the President and race hucksters throughout the Nation who latched on to that trial as a true example of black victimization a simple question: If Obama had a son, would he condone such activities as the “Knockout Game”? And if Obama’s son were involved in such violence, would it be a tragedy if he died at the hands of a white man defending himself against an attack?