The line that intersects the rich and poor is a fuse that burns day and night; and when the poor are made every poorer, more desperate and disenfranchised — well, sh*t inevitably happens. Sh*t such as a massive assault by 100 to 125 teens on a the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center Kroger in downtown Memphis. You can see it, dead in the crosshairs in the middle of this map:
Before we get into any detail on what those colored blocks mean on our beautiful AATTP custom-photoshopped map, first a bit of detail on the “attack” itself.
The video below has been circulating Facebook for about the last day or two following Saturday’s Battle of Kroger Plaza. The video depicts teens beating on a teenage Kroger employee, brutally kicking him and knocking him unconscious. You can hear the narrator of the video decrying the action as others render assistance to the employee.
The attack was one of three that happened during a “knockout game” staged during the teenage rebellion.
Now, we can hear our ammosexual friends loading up their ARs and screaming a Cartman-like “RACE WAR!!!” to the Heavens. The victim in this video was white, and the perpetrators black — but there’s no evidence that Assault on Kroger 13 was racially motivated. Two of the other people assaulted during the Knockout Games played during it were black, and the group itself was a mixture of black and white. So, what motivated the group?
Before anything else, we should point one thing out: This wasn’t contrary to what you’re sure to see reported by Fox, the Right Media and Memphis’ mayor (for reasons soon to become obvious), this wasn’t exactly the “all-out assault” or “riot” it first appears to be. The Knockout Games played during The Siege of Krogengrad seem to be fairly isolated incidents within the whole event, being billed as a “riot” by the mayor, who plans to execute the offenders accordingly.
HOWEVER…it does stand to reason that if 125 people descended upon a Shopping Plaza intent on hurting people or destroying things, there’d have probably been more than three injuries, and far more property destroyed than there was. If 300 Spartans could hold the whole Persian army at bay…well, we’d imagine 125 teens Hell-bent on violence and destruction could do a little more than this.
BUT! we can hear Sean Hannity screaming, this PROVES they’re all a bunch of violent, sociopathic THUGS!
Possibly, Sean. But let’s break this down. Out of a group of 125 people or so, roughly 3 percent of them committed an act of sociopathic violence when given the opportunity. But it’s estimated that about 4 percent of Americans are clinically sociopathic — and we’d be willing to bet that that figure’s just a tad higher at the Republican National Convention, in the ALEC group or at FOX’s headquarters on Bullsh*t Mountain.
No, despite what others may say, Der Krogenkreig seems to have more a group of kids swarming in to scare bejesus out of the people there, simply by being a bunch of ratty kids running around and making noise. The message seems to be fairly targeted at the people who were there, and if so, what a message it was. And that message?
Look around you.
And now, we’re back to those colored blocks on the map.
The map was originally a screenshot of Memphis demographics from city-data.com. The colored blocks represent the percentage of people in each of the areas living in poverty; the darker the block, the poorer the area. While Memphis as a whole is a pretty poor city, some parts are less so than others.
The Kroger Plaza is very nearly a gatehouse on Poplar Avenue between the poorest parts of West Memphis, and the wealthier areas to the East. In fact the Kroger itself sits in a fairly impoverished sector, and not a quarter-mile from some of the poorest areas of the city.
It’s also one block from a golf course and country club in the other direction, and the course’s wealthy patrons about a quarter-mile past that.
So, was this Cartman’s RACE WAR!!!, or O’reilly’s Class War? Frankly, we think it was mostly just a bunch of kids, sending a message.
LOOK AROUND YOU.
One teen arrested so far in Kroger beating.
Police have arrested one person so far in connection with the Kroger Incident; the 15-year-old in the video wearing the lime-green shirt, seen kicking the store employee. He has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated riot and acting in concert: to wit aggravated assault. As it should be.
The remaining teens involved in The Battle of Kroger Hill are expected to face the death penalty for disturbing the rich, if nothing else.