In the midst of this growing and dangerous trend that is happening throughout the country, where young people are engaging in what is known as the “knockout game,” Fox’s Bill O’Reilly discussed the racial element of this issue with Bernie Goldberg on The O’Reilly Factor on Tuesday night.
These knockout videos depict a wretched trend of random, unsuspecting people, many of them women, the elderly, and according to O’Reilly — seemingly white; getting viciously punched in the head area with brute force causing the victims to fall limply to the ground in an unconscious or semi-conscious state.
And according to CBS 2 out of New Jersey, one man named Ralph Santiago, 46, died after being knocked out by a group of teens. He was found with his neck broken and his head lodged between iron fence posts.
What happens is that an unsuspecting individual will be literally blindsided from behind with a stinging jab of force, while someone records the act and later uploads it onto places like YouTube or Facebook.
O’Reilly discussed this issue with Fox contributor Bernie Goldberg where he (O’Reilly) said that young, black men are mainly responsible for this barbaric behavior.
Goldberg weighed in by claiming that these knockout videos are going largely unnoticed by the rest of the country, because the white, liberal media is reluctant to address the issue because of race, because of its fear of alienating the black community by calling out bad, black behavior.
He also accused the white, liberal media of trying to shield bad, black behavior from what is generally considered to be racist, conservative, talking points/criticisms by simply refusing to report on it.
Goldberg then said that if these knockout videos were whites attacking blacks the media would be all over it, and it would be headline news.
When O’Reilly asked Goldberg about the racial component in these attacks, Goldberg responded.
“The best we could figure on the one end, on the attacker end, everything we’ve seen are young, black men.”
“But generally speaking, it’s black, young men attacking white people.”
“As a matter of fact Bill, in some places they have another name for it. It’s ‘Polar Bear Hunting.’ Polar bear, because polar bears are white!”
O’Reilly chimed in by saying:
“It is a troubling situation, and it all goes back to an alienation of young, black men in this country for a number of reasons, but primarily because they’re angry, they didn’t have a family, and their father abandoned them, and all of that.”
“They’re acting out on the street, and they’re sold a bill of goods by the civil rights people that white society is the fault.”
“Because you’re unhappy, it’s the whites doing it to you, and so they’re whacking whites!”
Now O’Reilly and Goldberg insist that the liberal media is not reporting this “knockout game” story, but it is being reported. CNN, CBS and the Huffington Post have all reported on this issue.
And Goldberg is right, if these videos depicted whites knocking out blacks, it would ignite a racial firestorm, but that is not the fault of the so-called, liberal media.
That blame goes to the white supremacy, discriminatory history of this country.
And while O’Reilly loves to point out how the absentee, black fathers have failed the black community and left it in moral ruins, it’s interesting that he always seems to negate the effects of institutionalized racism that spawned far more than its fair share of poverty, ignorance, and an institutionalized lack of economic opportunity in the black community, which is evident by the ever widening wealth gap between an increasing number of affluent whites and a decreasing number of beyond the poverty line blacks and the institutionalized disparity of white unemployment compared to the always and significantly higher black unemployment, and the black community does not need to be “sold a bill of goods” by the civil rights industry to recognize the historical rut that it has been purposely railroaded into since day one.
And contrary to many conservative beliefs about the ineptitude of the civil rights industry in regard to these black crime issues, people like Al Sharpton and Minister Louis Farrakhan have been on the front lines protesting such behavior.
Sharpton’s National Action Network has implemented the “Occupy the Corners” movement, where church leaders, politicians, community activists, and local civilians have stood together on many of the most dangerous corners in New York to protest and report crime.
So whether its young, black thugs or old, white, stalkers, wrong is still wrong, and this ignorant “knockout game” foolishness is most definitely wrong.
It’s of the same mindset as the interracial band of thugs in Oklahoma who went out and gunned down the Australian baseball player who was only out jogging, because they thought it would be fun, like the
perpetrators in these knockout videos think that it is fun, even if the price of fun is death for someone else’s family member.
Conservatives are right when they ask about the lack of overall, black leadership on this issue. If the infamous “Stop and Frisk” policy of New York is wrong, which it arguably is – then this mindless “knockout game” is just as wrong, and the outrage should be equal.
But this is not just a referendum on poor, misguided blacks without fathers. It’s a referendum on society as a whole and many of the conditions that it has created for these troubled, young people and the economic priorities that it sets based on the most important — things like prisons — to the least important — things like education and more economic opportunities for the institutionally disenfranchised, because speeches are good but a chance at economic mobility and overall opportunity is much better.