Al Sharpton Says ‘Knockout’ Games Are Racist
Al Sharpton is finally addressing the disturbing “knockout” game that is making headlines across the country. The game, which has been predominately played by teenagers, involves trying to knock out an unsuspecting victim with a single punch. Reports of several knockout attacks have been making their way across the country, including numerous incidents of Jewish people being attacked in Brooklyn by teenagers.
Several of the reported incidents in media outlets have been black teenagers attacking white victims and Sharpton has gone on record as branding the recent incidents in Brooklyn as racist. “It is insane thuggery, and it is unequivocally wrong. These kids are targeting innocent people, and in many cases specifically targeting Jewish folks,” he wrote in his column for Huffington Post. We would not be silent if it were the other way around, and we will not be silent now. This behavior is racist, period. And we will not tolerate it.”
The civil rights leader also called for immediate action to end the growing wave of knockout games. “This is not a ‘game; it is inhumane behavior that has no place in our country or the world,” he wrote. Diversity is one of the greatest strengths of this nation, and we must respect one another in a way that preserves and further develops this diversity. Therefore, when an injustice happens to anyone, it is the duty of all to speak up. Silence is akin to tacit acceptance.”
Bill O’Reilly also addressed the knockout games on his Fox News show last week, less than tactfully referring to them as black people “whacking whites.”