Like many journalists I have written off the concept of the Knockout Game being a national trend. Instead I believe it is another in a long line of recent moral panics spread by the very instrument I am using right now; the Internet and the power of blogs and other social media to spread information at lightning pace. Conservatives like to use the concept of the Knockout Game to both spread fear and justify their bigotry against blacks and Latinos. This is also nothing new. In the age of digital communication and the 24 hour news cycle both on cable and satellite and here in the briers of the world wide web coupled with an easily cowed white conservative middle class and a conservative white elderly class such moral panics can become explosive.

Ciu Cava daelth Nixhot, our ombudsman here at The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork, has pointed out to me numerous times that the ever screaming white right has called for those caught as perpetrators of the Knockout Game should go to prison for life or worse. I do not believe as some ultraLiberals both black and white have said that this violence against whites is some sort of cultural balancing of the transgression done to and against blacks during the Jim Crow era and even beyond. Two wrongs never make a right. Conservatives would be quick to lock up a teen, simply because he was black, and throw away the key for participating in a random act of violence. I imagine the aging conservative religious white population has to do something to have hope of slowing the pace of the browning of America.

joe donovan

Fred Schwartz pointed me to this article written by Michale Brick for Esquire magazine yesterday that points to the origins of the current moral panic. It details the story of a young white kid named Joe Donovan who punched an MIT exchange student from Norway Yngve Raustein in the face knocking him to the ground with three of his friends who robbed him. One of those friends at the time 15 year old Shon McHugh stabbed Raustein in the chest killing him. Joe Donovan, then 17 suffered the fate that conservatives want for the black and Latino perps of this moral panic; Donovan got life in prison. McHugh on the other hand served 11 years in jail.

All of this has left me wondering a very simple thing; where are all the calls from white conservatives to keep Joe Donovan in prison to serve the sentence they feel someone who punches a person in the face deserves?

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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  1. sarahbloch Says:

    Over the years I’ve seen women in Filene’s Basement fighting over wedding dresses, people rioting in State College Pa over the firing of Joe Pa and much much worse if you go back far enough. These are all examples of a loss of self control not cultural precedents.

    • Robin Naismith Green Says:

      Neocon you clearly haven’t been reading my articles about the methamphetamine epidemic among rural whites and the numbers of white children taken from meth labs in the flyover states?

    • Robin Naismith Green Says:

      Neocon here are a few very recent examples of the problem white society refuses to face in places where blacks are literally no threat because they are outnumbered 90 or more to 1.

      Tamaqua, PA four arrested in meth house six month old found in squalor. 98.69% of the population is white

      Lamont, IA six arrested for manufacturing meth. 98.3% of the population is white.

      Barbourville, KY a state worker at the local Food Stamp office was arrested along with seven others for manufacturing and distributing meth as well as growing marijuana.

    • Robin Naismith Green Says:

      Oh sorry the KY town is 94.4% white.

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