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COMMENTARY: GREGORY CLAY A game of teenage violence and insanity


September 01. 2013 8:14AM


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The reader’s comment read: “And people on MSNBC and liberal media wonder why many white people have a fear of the black community. An Australian murdered in Oklahoma. A baby in a stroller shot and killed in Georgia. A male nurse in Memphis, Tenn., murdered by three blacks. An 89 yr old WWII vet beaten to death by two black thugs. A Dept of Homeland Security worker with a website advocating a war on white people. When and if the black community decides to take some responsibility for these animals they are letting loose on the streets then maybe ‘we can all get along.”’


That fiery rant was one of hundreds on the Huffington Post in response to a recent rash of unspeakable crimes committed by teenagers, mostly black and mostly male. America, we have a problem — and it’s expanding.


It’s not just our dirty, little secret anymore. This matter has become global.


When Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was killed on Aug. 16 by three teens — two black and one white — Tim Fischer, former deputy prime minister of the country, said international tourists should consider boycotting the United States.


“Just for the record,” Fischer said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last week, “Australia has had zero gun massacres since 1996 and in the United States, 80 people are killed by guns every single day. So it is another example of murder mayhem on Main Street. Yes, people thinking of going to the USA on business or tourist trips should think carefully about it given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per a million people.”


Apparently, killing for the sheer hell of it has become the latest sport in the field. It makes you shudder. There is even a name for this game — “knockout.” The “knockout game” occurs when a mob — usually young people — surround a vulnerable and unsuspecting victim or prey. One person in the circle seeking major “street cred” punches the victim in the face, attempting to knock him out. If he can’t, the other mobsters proceed to beat relentlessly and kick the prey just for fun. When the “knockout game” is black-on-white, the act is called “polar bear hunting.”


Police said the three teens in Oklahoma indicated they were “bored” and just had to kill someone to relieve that state of mind. Remember, just for fun. They apparently wanted to “knock out” their victim with gunfire, then make a quick getaway.


From another reader: “And Obama really thinks we are going to give up our guns so people like this can have them and we don’t??? Yeah, right! RIP sir …”


Many Australians, understandably, are livid regarding these horrific developments. And Fischer ratcheted up the rhetoric with his boycott message. The man does have a point. If the United States can’t clean up its act, foreign tourists should boycott the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.


This latest dose of horror is also about money; the stakes just got higher. Major tourist attractions, such as New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, would suffer the most. This country would lose billions in tourism revenue. But that’s the price you pay for letting evil fester.


Another irate post read: “I hate saying this about my own race or really half of my race, but I’m going to say it. Until black men stop emulating Jay-Z and all that hardcore gangster rap music, you will always be ghetto trash and second-class citizens. You give all hard-working educated brothers and sisters a bad name. If you want to make a better life for yourself, pick up a book, get an education and be a father when you have a child.”


When Americans consider traveling to nations labeled as danger zones, what does the U.S. State Department do? Strongly advise them to avoid the offending country like the plague. Now, what goes around comes around.


Turnabout is fair play is another applicable cliche. If Australia feels an imminent threat on the streets of the United States, then what right does America have to disavow that nation’s belief? Especially since the United States has publicized purported — and perceived — threats from other countries for decades.


Now, let’s get real here. It’s time to call it what it is. This “knockout game” stuff is essentially domestic terrorism, and U.S. law enforcement agencies should label it as such. These cases, as well as those of gang-bangers, should be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.


But with that comes a few prickly issues. Does Homeland Security issue warnings regarding young black males traveling in pairs or groups? Are there terror alerts posted with yellow, orange and red specifications?


Now, the next $64,000 question is this: What do the Roving Reverends of Recompense think of these disturbing developments? That would be Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They led the re-enactment of the transformative 1963 March on Washington on Aug. 24 and they often mysteriously surface for white-on-black catastrophes. What about now?


Sharpton spouted off on MSNBC last week that he only orchestrates his interventions under two conditions: When he’s called in by an affected party, and when justice is conspicuously absent. His logic being that when the Australian baseball player was murdered, the three thugs were diligently arrested and charged, so therefore no need for him to get involved — unlike the much-delayed arrest in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case.


Look, we all know that’s a convenient cop-out. We all aren’t naive or crazy. Everybody won’t be fooled by that quick-draw, lame excuse.


Here’s another reader posting: “hmmm, I wonder if obama will get on tv and tell us how this could have been his grandfather. It, afterall could have been; his maternal grandfather is a white ww2 vet.”


The first bottom line is this: Sharpton and Jackson never will be fully respected by mainstream America until they equalize and balance their intentions. That is to say, they must exhibit the same amount of noise supporting Christopher Lane and World War II veteran Delbert Belton as they did with slain black teenager Trayvon Martin.


The second bottom line: In 2010, there were 31,513 firearm-related deaths in the United States; in Australia of that year, the number was 236. The math is astonishing.


The third bottom line: Whether you are killed by Boston Marathon terrorist bombers from Chechnya, or a crazed black-teen mob participating in a “knockout game” or a hardcore gangbanger, the end result is the same.


Dead is dead. Therefore, the semantics of international terrorism vs. domestic murder don’t matter.


Case closed.


Gregory Clay is assistant sports editor for McClatchy-Tribune News Service, 700 12th Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005. His email is gclay@mctinfo.com.




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