The so-called “Knockout Game” has been gathering steam as a news narrative, with conservatives demanding that the media finally focus on crimes committed by black people, notes the blog Mediate.

On Monday morning’s edition of CNN’s “New Day,” expert guest Harry Houck, a former NYPD detective, went there, explaining to the “New Day” anchor team that while “not every black kid is doing this,” the only suggestion he could offer to avoid such attacks was “crossing the street, getting away from them” if you see “a group of black youths.”

Anchor Kate Bolduan asked Harry Houck for his take on the phenomenon. “Is this a growing trend?” she asked. “Is this an urban myth, or maybe better stated as growing trend or group of isolated incidents?”

Houck replied that the trend is real, adding that “Urban myths don’t exist. These attacks exist in everyone’s minds, especially in those victims.”

That’s when the familiar language of race-baiting began, according to Mediate. Asked if the media was contributing to the problem by hyping the attacks, Houck replied, “I think we have to let the public know what’s going on to protect ourselves. That’s our job. That’s the police department’s job to protect the public. No matter how politically incorrect it might be. It’s to know what is going on and how to protect themselves.”

This is where the hustler hides the red card, because when co-host Chris Cuomo asks Houck to explain his remark about “political correctness” (insulating himself and his show from criticism), Houck lays his suggestion off on other people. “I ask people who I run into every day, ‘What are you doing?’ They say if they see a group of black youths, they cross the street.”

Co-host Michaela Pereira pushed back, telling Houck that “black kids don’t need to be made to feel they’re a threat simply because they are hanging out with friends.”

Houck generously allowed that, “Not every black kid is doing this. It’s very few, but if you are the victim, if you are a potential victim and you are afraid walking down the street, you see a group of black youths, everybody I am talking to says they are crossing the street, getting away from them,” and added that “the good black kids will be saying ‘Why are you crossing the street when I walk by?’”

While Pereira pointed out that the “majority” of black kids aren’t doing this, and Cuomo added that “Black kids are getting clocked, too,” their guest expert never gets around to offering any alternative to crossing the street to protect yourselves. He even reiterated it later in the segment, in what could double as a spot-on media criticism. “This is creating terror on the streets, I know,” Houck said. “People are, as soon as they see black youths, like I say, everybody I have talked to, I know you don’t like that, Michaela, but you can understand why they think that way.”

Houck also referenced the classic “the good blacks” frame, which reinforced his earlier suggestion that black teenagers who don’t viciously knock people out are someho the exception.

As far as anyone can tell, of course, these crimes are exceedingly rare, and you are orders of magnitude more likely to be killed or injured crossing the street than walking past a group of black youths. This sort of fear-mongering is nothing, new, though; it’s not as if white people really needed another excuse to be scared of black kids. What is somewhat new is the attempt to normalize it. Pereira’s objections notwithstanding, little is done to challenge the logic of Houck’s commentary.

CNN, and the rest of the media, would do well to resist focusing on the racial aspect of these crimes, and instead serve the public with information they can use, such as the serious medical consequences that loss of consciousness can entail.

Watch the segment from CNN’s “New Day”.

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22 thoughts on “Knockout Game Advice: ‘Cross Street if You See Group of Black Youths’

  1. Edwin Smith on said:

    Stop believing everything white people tell you. White kids do the same dumb stuff also but are never highlighted.You have never heard of white on white crime so I guess it doesn’t exist.

  2. The black family is falling apart (75% born to single mothers), black crime is rampant. People are using common sense when they avoid groups of young black men (check out crime stats). Yet black leaders do not address the issues. They would rather blame white people.

  3. again please stop with the race name calling card!!!!!….we are all here to stay like it or not!!!!!….to be real with you…THE WHOLE WORLD IS TIRED OF THE RACISM..IT IS TIRED, PLAYED OUT AND JUST PLAIN OLD RIDICULOUS!!!.especially when it is almost 2014 how about bring yourself out of the past sh** and promote a better future for your children and their children to live in because trust me when I say in another 10 to 20 years how you feel about a particular race will amount to a pile of beans!!! this world is falling apart not just this country and all you people got to contribute is race name calling, and hate….grow up we are all going to leave this earth one day you should be concerned with what your legacy will be…I sure hope it is not racism and hate.

  4. Sad thing is that the media is making it seem as if only Black Youth are involved in this….FACTS: THIS IS WIDE SPREAD AMONG ALL YOUTH INCLUDING WHITE, HISPANIC, ASIAN AND BLACK…it is like any other trendy thing…stop with the racial profiling and get to the exact nature ” ALL YOUTH TODAY NO MATTER WHAT COLOR HAS NO REGUARD FOR HUMAN LIFE ANYMORE”…as long as the media and white America keeps the focus “RACIAL PROFILING” their own race denial will continue. This is almost 2014 wake up people it is not a white or black thing but a “HUMANITY THING”

    • keebee51 on said:

      This is for joe mexicans are nothing but bottom feeder. You don’t know nothing about Negros your just like the rest of the races that don’t understand us. You know that just as many mexicans fill prison. Try as hard as you want, but your race will never be accepted either. Now those are facts.

  5. I didn’t watch the video, I hate when white folks start talking smack about our kids when theirs are just as bad or worse than ours. There are 2 videos on this crime, 2. One video is about 2 years old. I am around young black kids all the time, and I have never heard of them playing this game. I wouldn’t trust that white dude in the video!!!

    • keebee51 on said:

      Your race turns nice neighborhoods into ghettos. Stay out! that’s what all races really really want from your kind. Where do you get your facts, because everyone on this website knows your not capable of knowing anything about Negros. Why don’t you find the true facts about your race and then maybe you’ll keep your dumb ass off this site.

  6. Zerkeise on said:

    WOW !!!!! So, what are the rules for a group of hillbillys or gothic kids. These comments are why we are loosing our youth to their own worlds.

  7. Also, we better watch out for the poor white kid who gets bullied in school…you know they can’t handle that and you know what they do…
    See how stupid that sounds…
    There is good and bad in ALL races…we are HUMANS…

  8. I’m not a white person, but I cross the street when I see a group of youth, period. Most of the time it’s for good reason; loud obnoxious behavior, disrespect, etc. It doesn’t matter if it’s boys or girls these days….One example is having to get by a high school in Chicago when the kids are dismissed…

  9. Camella Jenkins on said:

    When you see a group of black youth Cross the street, Really? There are gangs of of other race as well, do we cross the street when we see a group of them too? I don’t condone their bad behavoir, as a matter of fact one day those young idiots will hit the wrong person, or attempt to attack the wrong person/buss a cap in that azz!

  10. Kilo Perkins on said:

    My people, we can’t excuse the bad behavior of a few. Lets all try to work together to prevent this from happening. Lets show our fellow americans that a group of black kids are not to fear. I say we organized our youth to go out and do good deeds like we would always see the boyscouts doing. ……It could work.

    • False!!!…the majority of urban black youth are God fearing, law abiding, and hard working people…i would you like it if a statement is made that all “White youths are prone to shooting up entire schools full of kids and then some”…Your statement just proves that you do not even know any black youths…you make a statement about “Black Urban Youth” but what is funny is how every “urban” trend white youth bite on…Things that make you go Uhmmmmmmmm!

      • How is it then, that statistically (reliable data) a black man is more likely to end up incarcerated than in college? At what point do those God fearing, law abiding youth realize there is no street cred available in a path of righteousness?

      • keebee51 on said:

        This is for joe (mexican) You have a lot of nerve to come here and say that crap! All mexicans are uncivilized.

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