Originally published February 1 2014
'Knockout' game is a hate crime, but only if you're white?
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) It is already being labeled as one of the biggest cases of racial hypocrisy in recent times.
Many Americans have heard of a sick game played largely by teenagers called the "Knockout Game." The goal of the "game" is for someone to pick out a victim at random and try to knock them out with one punch.
The game - which , of course, is not really a game at all but a huge crime - has been responsible for hospitalizing scores of people. It has also been blamed for at least one death.
The Associated Press recently reported on another incidence of the Knockout Game:
A federal grand jury in Houston indicted 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett on Thursday.
Investigators say Barrett slugged the 79-year-old victim, breaking his jaw in two places, in a Nov. 24 attack in Katy. They say he laughed and shouted "knockout" as the man fell to the ground.
Investigators say Barrett videoed the attack on his cellphone and shared the recording.
Barrett, by the way, is white, and while that should not matter, it might in this case, because the vast majority of Knockout Game cases that have been reported for the past year or so have involved black youths striking white victims.
Only whites 'guilty' of hate crime?
Only, none of those perpetrators have been charged with any crime, much less indicted on federal hate crime charges by a Justice Department led by an attorney general who has made race - wittingly or not - the primary driver behind other prosecutorial decisions.
In a column entitled, "The Holder Effect," which alludes to Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general and head of the Justice Department, Russ Vaughn notes:
The Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department are deliberately disinclined to prosecute hate crimes where blacks are the perpetrators and whites are the victims. It is becoming increasingly disturbing that it is not just the Obama administration and the brown-nosed media that have attempted to sweep this new criminal activity under the rug, but [also] local police departments. It's happening all over the country, and not just in the major urban centers. I call this racialization of the law and criminality the Holder Effect, for it was the relatively new attorney general who famously announced that his Justice Department would side with his people.
Adds Colin Flaherty, author of the book White Girl Bleed A Lot, who has been following and documenting this trend over at WorldNetDaily:
Vaughn's column alludes to the Knockout Game, a violent trend wherein young thugs deliver unsuspecting victims a single blow to the head in an attempt to "knock out" the target. Dozens of examples in recent months have shown the Knockout Game is particularly popular among black youths targeting white or Jewish victims.
History of racial preferences
Both writers noted that, in large part, the mainstream media has downplayed or ignored the fact that the crimes are largely being committed by black youths targeting white victims.
As for the "Holder Effect," there is other anecdotal evidence to suggest that Holder and his boss, President Obama, have differed to African-Americans:
-- Shortly after Obama and Holder took power in 2009, the Justice Department dropped charges against members of the New Black Panther Party, over their alleged intimidation of white voters in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008, despite damning video evidence [http://www.foxnews.com];
-- Later that year, Obama claimed that a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer "acted stupidly" when he arrested Henry Louis Gates, a prominent black Harvard professor and the president's friend, at Gates' home. Obama suggested that race played a part in the incident, as did Gates, but it was clear from the officer's police report that he was acting appropriately, stating that he was responding to reports of a series of break-ins in the area.
-- Obama has become infamous for injecting himself into the Trayvon Martin case, siding early on with the victim and stating, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."
When Obama won his first term, it was hailed in some quarters of society as a victory for American-style diversity. But now, nearly six years after he first took office, some could argue that race relations in the country are worse now than they were before he became president.
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