The Myth of the Knock-Out Game | Weapons of Mass Distraction

Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for highlighting a fake phenomenon called the “Knockout Game”, while ignoring real stories such as lobbying group ALEC’s fight against green energy , The NSA’s collection of five billion cell phone records and the UK government’s attempt to criminalize journalism by going after the editor of The Guardian newspaper.

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  1. Of course. This is race baiting and fear mongering but the Zimmerman trial as an example of white racism was completely reasonal. How about the United States had an actual honest conversation about race also in times when there aren’t any white people in the near vicinity to blame it all on. Maybe reverand Al and Jesse Jackson should show their outrage on the fact that young black men are committing violent crimes and murdering people in disproportionate numbers every day. Which might also help explain the high gun crime statistics. Oh, I forgot, only racist white people have guns. Maybe Abby Martin should ask how the hell is 13% of the population committing roughly 50% of all homicides in the United States.
    But that would be race baiting and fear mongering against brown people. So let’s wait for another 5-10 years when a white guy (or hispanic) does something to some poor black person and start rallying and protesting then. Not before. That would be racist.

    • Of course I ment reverend Al, not “reverand”.

    • “Reasonal”? Good god!

    • Let me guess. You’re white, right?

    • Jonas Planck | Dec 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm |

      No, that wouldn’t be race baiting or fear mongering, that would be an outright LIE. Murderers comprise less than 1% of the entire population. However, since you’ve chosen to conflate racial identity with criminal culpability, I look forward to seeing you accept responsibility for every crime ever committed by a white person, as that would at least be intellectually consistent, if not based in reality. So, where is your confession?

      • At what point did I say I blame all black people for all crimes committed by black people? Obviously the whole 13% aren’t criminals. It’s more like 1% then? Which makes the murder rates even more impressive.

        I asked why can’t americans have an honest conversation about race? There was another story on this on CNN I think. The news anchors were terrified when their guest (I believe he was a cop) mentioned this was mainly being done by black people. “Well, of course you can’t say it’s only black people…” You can hardly mention black crime without being called a racist. It’s a disproportionate number. Yet, when a hispanic guy shoots a black kid, that’s all whitey’s fault. And all over the media. That’s not a distraction? I guess white liberals (I don’t know what you should call anybody, I’m not political in that sense) don’t give a shit about black kids being murdered unless it’s done by white people. Which doesn’t happen that often, let’s be honest. If they did care they would have to protest out there every single day.

        • Jonas Planck | Dec 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm |

          If you want to have an honest conversation, you’re going to have stop lying. And you’ll probably want to learn some math someday, too. And… no confession? No acceptance of responsibility for every crime ever committed by a white person? So you don’t actually believe any of the crap you’re spouting, do you? Very telling. Perhaps if you held yourself to the same standard you hold others to, you wouldn’t be such a sad embarrassment to your species.

          • Congratulations! You missed my point completely. Let me make this simple: In 2010 whites committed 5286 murders. Blacks committed 5890 murders. 13% of the population in the United States are blacks. That makes it a disproportionate number (Criminal Victimization 2010, you can go to for more). Blacks are also in the lead in interracial crime (around 75%).These numbers stay similar every year. Which makes it a continuing problem. Do you understand that concept? I never said it’s ALL black people. But keep throwing incoherent insults. Or better yet, come back with a proper argument.

          • Congratulations! You missed my point completely. Let me make this simple: In 2010 whites committed 5286 murders. Blacks committed 5890 murders. 13% of the population in United Stated are blacks. That makes it a disproportionate number(Criminal Victimization 2010, you can go to for more). Blacks are also in the lead in interracial crime (around 75%). These numbers stay similar every year. Which makes it a continuing problem. Do you understand that concept? I never said it’s ALL black people. But keep throwing incoherent insults. Or better yet, come back with a proper argument.

          • Congratulations! You missed my point completely. Let me make this simple: In 2010 whites committed 5286 murders. Blacks committed 5890 murders. 13% of the population in the United States are African American. That makes it a disproportionate number(Criminal Victimization 2010, you can go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics for more, link doesn’t seem to go through moderation, or maybe there’s a delay). Blacks are also in the lead in interracial crime (around 75%). These numbers stay similar every year. Which makes it a continuing problem. Do you understand that concept? I never said it’s ALL black people. But keep throwing incoherent insults. Or better yet, come back with a proper argument.

          • Jonas Planck | Dec 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm |

            “I never said it’s ALL black people,” He lied, despite the fact that anyone can scroll up and see that you DID say that. You said black people comprise 13% of the population, and that very same 13% of the population commits 50% of the murders. That’s ALL the black people in the country. ALL of them. That is EXACTLY what you said. And you clearly said it. You can’t change that by denying it three times, or a hundred. And incidentally, why aren’t these stats reflected in any other country in the world? You’d think, if blacks are inherently violent and murderous as you are clearly implying despite lacking the courage to actually come out and say it or own up to it, then those numbers would be the same all over the planet… yet it is not the case. How do you explain why only AMERICAN black people are “all” criminals? Does America somehow alter the DNA of people living within its borders? Or is your premise inherently flawed by prejudice?

          • That 13% is a demographic. Just like whites, or indian, or natives, asians, hispanic, whatever. Within that 13% there is a disproportionate number (I seem to have to repeat myself to you…) of people committing crime compared to some other demographics. It’s not the same thing as saying: “All black people are committing all this crime…” And you know it. If you don’t, I really can’t help you. You need to take that up to the people who gave you your brain. But I have to thank you. You proved my point completely. If one dares to even mention black crime, he is then immediately called a racist. Unjerk your knee, my friend.

          • Jonas Planck | Dec 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm |

            Why am I complaining about your idiocy, you ask? Idiocy causes problems. Idiocy kills people. Idiocy destroys empires and lays low the works of men. You are an idiot. Ergo, you are the enemy of humanity, whether or not you realize it. I’m guessing you don’t realize it, because you’re an idiot. You judge without knowledge, you make moronic assumptions, you ignore evidence, and you wish to enforce your idiocy and subject everyone to it, since you are too stupid to realize that you’re stupid. That makes you extremely dangerous, even more so than your average black street thug, because street thugs don’t have clout, and idiot politicians don’t listen to them. A black thug might kill a person or two, but YOU might kill the entire country with your infantile, moronic authoritarianism. Your hostility is part and parcel of what makes you a threat to this nation and this world… unfortunately, you’re so stupid that you think learning is a sign of weakness, and you’re so shit-scared of appearing weak that you refuse to learn. Let me tell you a secret: EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS YOU ARE WEAK AND COWARDLY. You don’t have to puff up and beat your chest, it’s not fooling anyone. It’s only making you a target. Good luck figuring out what I just told you, it’s a little advanced for your comprehension levels. But I DO look forward to seeing you co-opt all the phrases I just used in a nonsensical attempt to yell at some “libtard” somewhere, because you’re so stupid you think the words still have power when divorced from their meaning.

          • Technically I didn’t ask… Did it take you a week to come up with this nonsense? Regarding ignoring evidence, people who live in glass houses and so forth.

          • You know what I find really funny? It’s always some white kid who gets all bent out of shape about this. When you talk to black guys about these things, you can at least get some sort of rational conversation going. Most of the time, anyway. They might not agree with or like everything I’m saying, but at least they got the integrity and balls not to pretend like there isn’t a problem. And they actually got other arguments to make than “my terrible racism”.

      • why is it so hard for you white liberals to admit that too many black men are harming themselves and their race by committing crimes(especially crimes that are hardly justified)? Perhaps if you could admit we have a systemic problem, we can find a solution.
        This isn’t to say that I don’t believe the judicial system isn’t racist, and blacks are more likely t be convicted and what-not. Cause that’s a reality, too

        • Jonas Planck | Dec 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm |

          When you tell someone their entire life that they won’t be considered anything BUT a criminal, no matter how hard they try to play by the rules, what effect do you expect it to have on them? They know damn well that they’ll never convince people like you that they aren’t criminals, so where is the motivation to obey the law? And more tellingly, Why doesn’t crime committed by white criminals “harm” the white race? Why doesn’t the white community have to address the problem of young white men committing crimes? Is it because white people aren’t automatically assumed to be criminals? Well, that would explain why they don’t commit as much crime, since they aren’t going to be arrested anyway even if they don’t. Oh yeah, you have a systemic problem, alright. And you’re FEEDING it. So don’t talk to me about solutions until you decide to stop being part of the problem.

          • Maybe because whites aren’t committing crime in disproportionate numbers? This seems to be an impossible term for you to understand. Holy shit.

          • Jonas Planck | Dec 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm |

            Maybe because your total lack of personal responsibility prevents you from understanding that you gave them no choice?

          • You accuse me of lacking personal responsibility and then you brush off all black crime with the “no choice” -defense. Who’s lying now?

          • Also, are you saying that black people are so stupid and mindless that they always keep falling in to the white man’s scheme to fuck them over, and they have no power over their own beings? Sounds pretty racist…

    • if blacks commit a disproportionate amount of murders it may be because a disproportionate amount of blacks live in areas where they see lots of crime, blacks are more likely to be imprisoned than whites for the same crime( so there are less black male role models) and because they have been subjugated for so long(being unable to assert themselves and be fulfilled) that they are forced to do just that, but through more anti-social means

      • Well, I absolutely agree that there are problems in the judicial system. Also, I think one of the major problems is that so many kids grow up in broken homes. Like you said, dad might be in prison or not around at all. I’m sure there’s a whole variety of issues that I’m not even aware of that should be examined more closely and discussed about.

        • is it possible that this is planned? that perhaps American ghettos are created to subjugate segments of the population. Have you been to East St. Louis or East Baltimore or Oakland? It seems as if you step into some nightmare fantasy as soon as you enter those places. Yes, I believe in personal responsibility but I don’t believe blacks are any more or less inherently responsible, they’ve just been thrown into a nasty world.

          • tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 11:41 am |

            my friends have an organic farm out in the middle of nowhere. perfect pristine setting, until the most white trashiest of white trash families moved in directly across the street from them. pregnant fifteen year old, drunkard dad constantly yelling and his teen kids yelling back, burning garbage constantly, a dumpster filled to twice its capacity, overflowing with diapers and rotting food, dogs tied up in the yard, cat population explosion, welfare handouts galore. i think after spending a few hours outside their place and hearing and smelling those people, i can hoinestly say that im more scared of white trash than any minority group. they literally took a beautiful peaceful chunk of paradise and turned it into a hellscape in about 2 years. oh yeh and they shoot guns constantly, while they are drunk.

          • Calypso_1 | Dec 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm |

            Now imagine entire counties with that scenario where the politicians stay in office by managing the generational welfare system for votes and the popo runs gambling, drugs & prostitution.

          • tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

            its funny because police dont even need to shake drug dealers down anymore because they rape taxpayers enough with their bloated pensions.

          • I call bullshit.

          • tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

            want to elaborate?

          • tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm |

   , hers food for thought. also, police regularly rack up tons of overtime in the year before retirement because their pensions are based on their earnings in their last year before retirement. young officers are expected to give up hours to cops on their way out so that they can receive a higher pension. im not saying police dont still shake down drug dealers for money, im sure that happens as well as pension abuse.

          • tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm |

            tried to link an article but its being moderated. police pensions are outrageous already and they game the system by racking up overtime in their last year and then their pension is based off of that number. im not saying other abuses dont happen as well, im saying they are getting more than enough without having to acquire more through illegal activity.

          • Cortacespedes | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm |

            Now imagine an entire state like that. Where politicians stay in power by a one party theocratic system and “the church” dictates for whom you get to vote. Where welfare is doled out at the sole discretion of a highly corruptible lay clergy (the bishopric) (“Have you kept to your tithing?”)

            Everyone is armed to the teeth and they practically pass out C&C’s at the border (for a ‘nominal’ fee, of course).

            With meth-labs, ponzi schemes (and other “investment” opportunities usually promoted and propagated by the lay ‘clergy’), and a blind eye to plural marriage…

            Tell me, who the hell needs Nevada?

          • Calypso_1 | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm |

            Goddamn, these idiots are destined to take over the country.

          • Cortacespedes | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm |

            YES! Better start hoarding your liquor now.

            At least a years worth.

            And did I mention they breed like bunnies??? No shortage of pregnant teenagers here, no sir.

          • Calypso_1 | Dec 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm |

            oh I know, I’ve been watching LDS churches go up across the street from baptist megacomplexes in the deep south for some years now. Despite the generations of overt animosity they seem to have fun with ‘militia’ gatherings. Hoarding .223 ammo is apparently common enough ground to stand on.

          • There’s lots of stories about the bishop’s daughter and backdoor liquor sales though. (pun intended).

          • Cortacespedes | Dec 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

            I have to be fairly prudent in my application of the “bishops’s daughter” witticisms.

            I have the unsettling suspicion my own mother might number in their ranks.

          • I hear ya.

  2. Other Mr. T | Dec 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm |

    Right Abby, if this is a distraction from more important news stories, so was the completely media-manufactured race baiting Travon Martin story. “I pity the fool” who can’t see the politically-correct double-standard here.

  3. festernaecus | Dec 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

    back before it was a talking point, I seem to remember seeing more than a few vids on that looked pretty convincing

  4. Posthuman | Dec 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm |

    Its definitely happening although they may be exaggerating things. Be careful out there…

  5. spiderbucket | Dec 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm |

    Bullshit. When even JJ and Rev Al join in – you know the shit is a problem.

  6. Four comments on this story… It demonstrates how serious folks take this article when there are actual victims of the crime.

  7. Adam's Shadow | Dec 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm |

    The “Knockout Game” has been going on for several years now in the inner-city, at least since late 2006; it didn’t just start a month ago. JFYI, it started with ghetto kids randomly knocking out other ghetto kids (at least in the Bay Area and Central Valley of California). I know this because I taught those kids, and they got a huge kick out of showing me their shitty hand-held video recordings of said behavior. Stupid then, stupid now, but the right-wing outrage machine is much behind the times.

    • Adam's Shadow | Dec 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm |

      Addendum: those “ghetto kids” I mentioned? Composed of all races.

  8. Apathesis | Dec 7, 2013 at 8:47 am |

    Like the one where they kick an elderly man down to the ground in a subway station?


  9. Rosa Parks | Dec 8, 2013 at 10:18 am |

    Well, I see the haters and the racists are here in force today spewing the venom they have been commanded to repeat by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Those of us not blinded by our own racial hatred will understand that these disadvantaged young people are merely acting out a symbolic reparation expressing solidarity with all oppressed peoples of the planet

    For years now, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh have incited violence against minority communities. Now, hear how The Pig squeals when confronted with its own notions of White Privilege.

    The racists and the hate mongers posting here need to return to masturbating on their guns, their Bibles and their AM radios and leave the rest of us alone!

  10. The Well Dressed Man | Dec 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm |

    Assault = “symbolic reparations?”
    I nominate this for epic troll of the year award.

  11. I do hope this is a troll, it’s pretty funny, but I’ve actually met people like this. And this is way more racist than anything I’ve even mentioned here. This is treating black people like kids with no mind of their own. “Us parents…”, meaning white, “…We have to follow the rules, but you little savages act out as much as you want because you’ve had to deal with social injustice.” It’s condescending. And people who think like this don’t even see how racist it really is. “Look what a good person I am, I actually feel bad for black people…” And so on.

    • tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 11:33 am |

      someone in my newsfeed on fb said something similar and hes a very serious occupy wall street, give peace a chance type liberal so i wouldnt be surprised if the person who wrote this was being serious as well. my best take on the whole knockout game craze is that its idiot teenagers acting like idiot teenagers. doesnt really need to be more complicated than that.

  12. tibby trillz | Dec 10, 2013 at 11:27 am |

    just kids having fun

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