The phony “knockout game” that has been taking the sort of media popular with white nationalists by storm has encouraged a good amount of hatred toward African Americans. Those with no sense, whose desperation to inspire race-based hatred, have begun to classify random street assaults (which occur at a rate of more than one per minute nationwide) as some sort of “game.” Normally, this label is applied to situations in which the victim is white and the perpetrator black — because, of course, we all know only black folks are violent. Supposedly, in the “game,” the assailant attempts to knock out the victim with one punch.
This sudden supposed assault on white people is not a new trend, as outlets like Glenn Beck’s The Blaze would have you think. Similar assaults date back as far as 1992.
Of course, some are senseless enough to take the right wing media hype seriously–and one such person is twenty seven year old Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy, TX. Barrett, who is fond of racial epithets and has a generally low opinion of African Americans according to police documents, spent a week “working up the courage” to “play” the “knockout game.”
Barrett approached a young couple in a bar and asked them if they had heard of the “knockout game,” and proceeded to show them a video of the attack he had spent so much time working up the courage to perform. In the video, Barrett approached an elderly African American man, asking him “how’s it going man?” He then panned the camera up to show his soon-to-be victim. There was a loud smack, and the victim fell to the ground. Barrett laughed, said “Knockout” and then fled in his vehicle.
Unfortunately for the attacker, one of the people to whom he showed the video was an off-duty police officer. the couple left immediately and found a uniformed officer, to whom they reported the crime. The officer approached Barrett and asked him if he had shown a video to the couple. He admitted he had, but showed the officer a different and less “race-based-assaulty” offering from the phone.
After the phone was confiscated to be searched, police found ten additional videos related to the attack. In one, Barrett says “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”–an apparent reference to a right wing media-inspired belief that black people are given a “free pass” by the “lamestream” media.
In yet another video, Barrett uses the “n-word” and states that African Americans “haven’t fully experienced the benefit of evolution.”
Barrett’s victim suffered two jaw fractures and underwent surgery as a result of the attack. Two metal plates were inserted in his jaw and three teeth were removed during the unfortunate man’s four day hospital stay.
Let’s stop sensationalizing violence. It’s not the “knockout game.” It’s assault and battery. It’s horrible. Random street violence is an issue, and it needs to end–but right wing media has a habit of taking a problem and, rather than offer a solution, make the problem worse by somehow turning it into a “white vs. black” thing.
As a result, some mindless twit who is incapable or unwilling to perform a logical analysis will always–ALWAYS–become inspired to act. White Barrett was likely a racist before right wing media came into play, it is doubtful that he would have done this had those outlets not preyed on his feeble-minded bigotry and fear of those different from him on a superficial level.
If you were wondering how conservatives are taking this…it seems the comment sections of most conservative web sites have descended into a link sharing party to prove that “blacks are worse,” idiotic remarks about Eric Holder being directly responsible for this man;s prosecution because Holder hates white people, and of course that he was only prosecuted because he was white.