The Knockout game is being investigated by the NYPD as potential hate crimes against Jews by black mobs.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Knockout game went viral when videos showed violent organized attacks by some black youths.
In the past, social media has been used to organize flash mobs where people will turn up in a public place and do some sort of organized event, usually a dance or a song. This idea evolved into a violent variant called bash mobs, where where a coordinated crowd runs through the streets to commit a string of thefts, crimes, assaults, and property damage, only to disappear quickly.
The Knockout game seems to be the ultimate culmination of this trend toward violence, with a group of people picking out a person at random and attempting to knock the unsuspecting person unconscious with one punch. Unfortunately, many reports are claiming "black mobs" are largely responsible, with some claiming this is a "part of a pattern of hundreds of examples of black mob violence documented in more than 80 cities, as revealed in "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it."
Worse, allegedly the Knockout game has evolved into an anti-Semitic "knock out the Jew" game, according to Brooklyn rabbi Yaacov Behrman. Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind agrees, saying:
"They're playing a game: 'knockout.' 'Knock out the Jew,' maybe. And they're going around the neighborhood punching Jews."There have also been reports of Nazi-like swastikas graffiti'd in the areas where the crimes took place. The Crown Heights area also has a long history as being a largely Orthodox Jewish and African American community. But because of the large number of people of the Jewish faith involved, citizens are calling for an investigation by the Hate Crimes Task Force.
One 27-year-old New Yorker named Ike says the Knockout game has been around for a long time and isn't necessarily anti-Semitic:
"I remember it from when I was 11, and I've seen white kids do it, black kids, Spanish kids. A friend of mine was the victim of it years ago. He was walking in Washington Heights and a group of kids just came up to him and one punched him in the face and ran off. They broke bones in his face. I'm sure there are some sick people who are like 'let's knock out the first Jewish person we see [walking] alone. But they're also like "let's knock out the first person we see alone, whoever they are. It's not only a rise in anti-semitism...it's a rise in senseless violence period."Do you think the Knockout game should be considered a hate crime?