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  1. midlifeinmaine
    November 26, 2013

    It would’ve been highly appropriate for Obama, a supposed role model for black youth, to publicly condemn knockdowns, but I guess this type of leadership is too much “change” to hope for….

    • Clearchannel
      November 26, 2013

      Good grief, local law enforcement can handle some rowdy kids – the President has more important stuff to deal with.

      Observation that the more racist people are, the more these black kids scare them. The more racists people are, the more critical of Obama. True?

      • Matt
        November 26, 2013

        More important stuff like injecting himself in the trayvon martin case.

      • Jody Mangum Facer
        November 26, 2013

        What is more important??? He was elected to be a leader. Call me crazy but I think people are scared of these kids not because they are racist, but because they sneak up behind you and bonk you on the noodle…. common sense maybe instead of the racist card would be good

      • 3utychus
        November 27, 2013

        The problem is that when it’s a few white perpetrators from a prestigious school and a black victim, it’s national news. Even if the story was B.S. and the “victim” later turned out to be a murderer.

        When it’s hundreds of black and multiple white victims, people like you want to poke your finger and cry racism.

        The least Obama could say on the matter is that one of these thugs could have been his son.

      • yeahderp
        December 3, 2013

        3utychus, hundreds of black kids? Link to more than five incidents of knockout game. Keep making shit up.

      • Cylar
        January 5, 2014

        Maybe you should turn off Huffington Post once in awhile and read some actual news, you fucking moron.


        Good night, I’m tired of idiots like you and your deliberate obtuseness.

  2. Edward
    November 26, 2013

    After doing my research,5 indivduals who were victims were killed in the results of this knockout out. The Iran punishment is not enough. These individuals should be incarcerated into man prison for over 25 plus years for murder.
    If these children can make decision to do something like this they serve the time. Let’s look at our history.
    Crown heights, brooklyn , ny incident Al Sharpen and mayor dickens and Howard beach incident a young black youth was run down by a car just because he was in their neighborhood.

  3. Scott
    November 26, 2013

    On your point #2,, You really can blame the whole Liability issue on a lot of that IMO and the other parts,, Let’s take your mowing the lawn idea. Have you looked around in the last 20 years? A neighborhood kid is put out of work by A: parents who hated mowing and so dont make the kids mow. And B and mostly B, the huge industry of mobile land scalpers ( yes I said scalp many of them have the mowers set not for your yard). The normal kid knocks on a door and the owner says, nope I pay a landscape firm. One kid trying to make some money verse 4 guys on a trailer who butcher your yard. Fast food job? You can’t run a grill or fryer till your 18. The list is pretty long. But none of this really applies to this whole situation. Do these youth strike you as the ones who would be looking for an honest job???

    • Cylar
      January 5, 2014

      Funny, I made the same arguments as yours, on Matt’s other column about how evil and awful it is that modern society has invented something called “adolescence.” I pointed out that it’s patently absurd and unrealistic to enslave teenagers in the pursuit of turning them into responsible adults. I said that education, not menial labor, is what teenagers should be concentrating on. My grades suffered in high school and junior college because I spent too much time working (or playing) and not enough time studying.

      I got an avalanche of replies accusing me of missing the point.

  4. Gunslinger
    November 27, 2013

    I’m thinking that since you object to SELF-DEFENCE, that if you just stay in your house, hide under the bed, you’ll probably be safe. Be verwy, verwy quiet. Well maybe nobody will hurt you. :)

  5. WatchYourBack
    November 27, 2013

    I am a Police Officer in an inner city environment with a high incidence of gang violence I wanted to throw my 2-cents in on what I feel is the problem leading to this and many other issues. First and foremost I believe that problem is that the family environment places NO emphasis on the importance of education and a complete lack of values. Generationally – in many cases – no one in the family has ever gone to school. The unemployment rate on my beat is well over 50% – it not an understatement to say that “no one works”. And the sad truth is that the large majority of people that I come into contact with are completely unemployable, even in the most basic of jobs – they simply don’t possess the emotional maturity or ability to handle real life situations. I am struggling to explain what I mean but without seeing it for yourself on a daily basis it cannot be effectively explained – such as calling the Police for “7 year old son out of control”, or family arguments over the last bottle of liquor, or any number of other ridiculous reasons to call the police.

    To the topic at hand – although I would love to see each of the cowards playing this “game” to be shot, I want to make sure that people are aware of the legal ramifications before they do so. Keep in mind that my state is a VERY liberal state so some of these examples may not apply in stated ilke Texas, where they have some rational thoughts when creating policy.

    if you shoot someone – anyone – you will be sued. period. whether they live or die. regardless of the circumstances. you will be sued by the “victim” or their family. you very well may win the suit, but you will still be spending plenty of money on legal fees.

    If they die – you will go to grand jury to determine whether you will be charged with a crime. again, this may work out OK for you, but its still a huge source of stress and very expensive.

    Finally, if you shoot an unarmed person – you may not win in court – regardless of what they were doing to you. My state barely considered self defense as a viable defense.

    quick example – a colleague of mine – a very seasoned and decorated officer got into a foot chase with a local gang kid (16 years old at the time). the suspect had nearly a dozen arrests at that point with multiple felonies including armed robberies a gun possessions (being a liberal state – no one actually goes to jail). The officer chased him over some fences and through some yards and at some point the suspect turned and pointed a gun at him. The officer fired and struck the suspect in the arm. The suspect dropped the gun and turned and ran some more. The officer caught him shortly after. The officer then had to very quickly back track to where the gun was dropped in order to recover it. as he approached he saw several of the other gang kids converging on the area where the gun was because they were trying to retrieve it – if no gun is recovered, the suspect never had a gun as far as the courts are concerned. when the officer tells me the story he says “if I was 30 seconds later getting back to the gun, one of his friends would have taken that gun and I would be in federal prison because i would be the white officer shot an unarmed 16 year old black kid.” sidenote – the kid did a few more robberies over the next few months and FINALLY got a 5 year prison sentence.

    anyway, the point is – as much as I morally support shooting these cowards – theres ALOT more to consider

    • Cylar
      January 5, 2014

      I appreciate your thoughts on this matter, but the way I see it, if you shoot someone intent on killing you, at least you will be alive to be sued.

      Some idiot tries this “knockout” shit on me or a member of my family, and I’m putting a lead slug between his eyes. I can deal with the legal ramifications AFTER the threat has been eliminated.

  6. Jim Coughlin
    November 27, 2013

    I agree. Stick anyone who participates in this in prison for at least 10yrs and have them perform hard labor for their entire sentence. There’s no excuse for these kinds of actions.

  7. fran
    November 28, 2013

    Sheriff Arpaio: pink underwear, then they don’t steal the underwear and sell it; t.v. is news and Disney channel; lunch is bologna or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…they want to get out and not come back!

  8. Darryl Reid
    November 28, 2013

    The knockout game is a fucking myth you Morons. Do some fucking research and then think critically for once. You spout some good ol fashioned racist rhetoric Matt.

    “One last thing: Race is an obvious element in all of this. In almost every report, the assailants are described as young black men, and many of the victims have been white. It’s hard not to see the sensationalized coverage of “knockout”—and before that, “wilding”—as a reflection of our national fear of young black men. Indeed, in the more sinister corners of the Internet, you can find people who argue that these incidents are the opening shots in a “race war” by “feral black youth.”


    • cargosquid
      November 30, 2013

      “that the attacks in question might be nothing more than the sort of random assaults that have always occurred.”

      So that “report”….says that its all fake or a myth except that the assaults have been happening a long time…..just that their the normal assaults….and that there isn’t a racial component….that the fact that black males have been attacking whites is just….. a coincidence….or that you’re racist if you notice.

      That whole article was spin.

      Face it…even that report shows that a certain class of people are attacking innocents and have done so for years…….

      Stop apologizing for criminals.

      • yeahderp
        December 3, 2013

        What do you call it when white people do it to blacks, say, by hanging them in front of the whole town, smiles showing and everything? This is what we have done for centuries. A little bit of historical context and you won’t be so scared. Let’s all stop the nonsense. Have you been to a Klan meeting? We’ll irradicate them THEN move on to others problems.

    • cargosquid
      November 30, 2013

      hat the attacks in question might be nothing more than the sort of random assaults that have always occurred.”

      So that “report”….says that its all fake or a myth except that the assaults have been happening a long time…..just that their the normal assaults….and that there isn’t a racial component….that the fact that black males have been attacking whites is just….. a coincidence….or that you’re racist if you notice.

      That whole article was spin.

      Face it…even that report shows that a certain class of people are attacking innocents and have done so for years…….

      Stop apologizing for criminals.

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  10. Scott
    December 1, 2013

    I agree with you teens need to have some kind of work in their life. I didn’t get my allowance unless I did my chores before I was a teenager. Later on I had to do some actual work like mowing lawns, washing cars, cleaning parking lots, and yard work to make money. I don’t think that child labor laws should be repealed though. It’s a big step from instilling in your children the idea that they need to work for money and making it so that corporations are legally allowed to take advantage of them. If child labor laws are repealed then who do you think will be hired as unskilled labor children or adults? Who will be easier to take advantage of? What would stop someone from adopting hordes of children so that they could start a business with cheap labor?

    On to jail. You are saying that if a budding hooligan is put into prison for 16 months then he networks with hardened criminals, then suggest putting them into prison for 10 years or more. From what I have read the people committing the crime involved with “The Knockout Game” are in their teens and at the oldest end early 20s. The frontal lobe doesn’t completely develop until around the mid 20s. It is responsible for being able to recognize future consequences (such as 10 years in prison), good and bad decisions (such as hitting people so no reason), and the suppression of socially unacceptable actions (like trying to knock someone out because your friends said it was something that they saw on youtube.) Prison would not be a deterrent for kids in this age group unless it was instilled in them that prison is horrible. Putting them in prison would probably not just produce a hardened criminal but probably someone who also hates society that knows how not to get caught during future crimes. That is just an opinion though.

    Arming everyone would be fun, just like the old west where people solved disputes by shooting at each other in the streets. Hahaha. Seriously though arming yourself in preparation for someone walking up behind you and knocking you out would not be effective. It would probably also result in more teens, who are already criminals from doing this act, having guns. The best way to defend yourself from being a victim of this is to not look like a victim. It is animal nature to prey on the weak when hunting, weather the weak is physically weak or feeble, distracted, unaware, out of place, or dumb. Be aware of your surroundings, walk with a purpose, don’t be distracted, stand up straight, etc. Grayson and Stein did a study on it look it up.

    • yeahderp
      December 3, 2013

      Heeeeeey, stop making sense and using historical context. Truth seems to hurt some folks in these parts.

      • Cylar
        January 5, 2014

        Like you for instance?

        Shut the hell up already.

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    December 1, 2013

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  12. John Smith
    December 2, 2013

    The knockout game is completely racist. It is black on white crime. The black community needs to be put on notice that there will be retaliation. A revival of the Guardian Angels for example. It’s another example of Atlas Shrugged. Obama needs to address this. Let him prove that he is not a racist. Pack fighters beware. Laugh all you want. This will mean fewer jobs for you, more poverty and economic backlash. The fist of karma.

    • yeahderp
      December 3, 2013

      Obama is a corporatist and not someone that cares about you, your irrational fears, or the black community.

      • Clinton
        March 6, 2014

        Now that is an accurate statement.

        I disagree that there is somehow a connection between KKK fascism against blacks a half-century ago (see yeahderp’s comment earlier about lynching) and current racist assault on whites by a (likely small) number of budding criminals. The idiots participating in this “game” are not motivated by historical considerations.

        It is completely accurate, though, to note that neither Obama (nor any of his corporatist predecessors) is really all that concerned about this type of crime on individuals. It is only when large corporate interests are at stake that they do anything. Once in a while it becomes politically opportune to appear to care, thus the Trayvon Martin publicity. This does not indicate any real concern though: it’s just good PR.

        If you want to see how things really work, just watch us do nothing as Putin moves into Crimea. To do something would negatively impact Russians laundering their money through European and American financial institutions. To do nothing costs nothing: we can send John Kerry over to say he is concerned, and revoke a few visas. So, we will do nothing. I am not saying that there is a clear course of action available in Crimea, merely that corporate interests dictate our actions, not concern for individuals. So, on this point, yeahderp is, I think, completely accurate.

  13. Deidre
    December 6, 2013

    Why don’t we build a gallows in TImes Square and hang these animals by the neck. This would result in at least two great benifits to society. One, we would thin the herd this elimanating these dangerous and diseased animals from the gene pool. Two, it might work as a deterrent . However, it is entirely possible that these animals are too stupid to understand even the most base, vulgar dialect of violence, even though that is their stock and trade. Nevertheless, it is precisely what they deserve. They are beyond rehabilitation and it seems that they confuse compassion for weakness. Ergo, I suggest we execute them like rapid dogs and piss on their graves.

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    December 6, 2013

    Rabid dogs.

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  16. Miss Nancy
    December 9, 2013

    If a white man beats up a black man for playing the “knock out game” on him, the white man is racist and goes to jail for 50 years.

  17. Hunter
    December 9, 2013

    When white people refuse to defend themselves it just doesn’t make any sense. Survival dictates a certain level of pride and sustainability. If people are that ashamed of who they are suicide is always an option but there is nothing gained in promoting this type of thought. There are no distinctions. There is no special list of whites that have been given an official stamp of approval. It is cutting your nose off to spite your own face. All anyone can do is leave prejudice out of the equation when establishing personal relationships with other people. To condemn yourself and your own people goes against self survival – when you lose that, when you lose your dignity to where you will write-off your own life based on a fabricated guilt, you are committing genocide.

  18. Paul
    December 18, 2013

    This is about the third post I’ve read by you about black on white violence yet you seem to ignore the growing neo nazi movement in the US, Canada, and Europe. To condemn left wingers for ignoring black on white crime while intentionally ignoring white on black crime shows you are no better than those you condemn. I agree these people should be prosecuted but so should whites. And the neo nazi movement is getting even less press. I’d appreciate you cover both sides as this is a trend that I don’t like from your writing. I’m not white and find you extremely borderline racist. Like if I saw inside your mind a saw what you thought I could no longer support you. Probably a good thing I don’t have that power lol anyways keep the faith and stand up for the poor and downtrodden as our Lord commands peace

    • John Smith
      December 27, 2013

      Well … the backlash has begun. See the recent Texas incident. White attackers. Now it’s a hate crime. Eric Holder is the biggest racist around. The Fist of Karma.

    • Cylar
      January 5, 2014

      If there were a “budding Neo Nazi movement,” I assure you our vigilant watchdog media would be all over it. It would play quite nicely into their disgusting narratives about how evil and racist our country is.

  19. Shawn
    December 18, 2013

    Yeah except most of the time they come at the victim from behind – not giving them a chance to ‘defend’ themselves with their gun. Now that criminal teenage boy has a nice new gun he’s just picked off the man he’s knocked out….
    Huge fan of the first 2 ideas though.

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