Some people call it the “knockout game,” local news affiliates in New York prefer to call it simply a teenage “prank,” but whatever the term, Ralph Santiago is dead – one of three men who recently died or suffered permanent brain damage from what police say are unprovoked assaults.
Others, however, are saying it’s not some random crime or occasional “prank,” but part of a nationwide pattern of unprovoked racial violence.
The rules of the “knockout game” are typically the same no matter where it happens: Start with a group of black people. Find a white person. Punch him in the face. Don’t stop until the person is knocked out or your arms get tired … or the person is dead.
Local media outlets refuse to identify how widespread these attacks are and often, how the perpetrators are mobs of black people. But the phenomenon is documented in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”