Knockout Game fueled by 'Holder effect'?
(by Drew Zahn, WND)
When Barack Obama – the son of a black father and white mother – was elected president in 2008, many hailed it as a monumental step forward for racial reconciliation in the U.S.
But five years into his presidency, is the Obama White House actually making racial tensions worse?
That’s the charge of Russ Vaughn, who posits in an American Thinker commentary that Attorney General Eric Holder’s treatment of the “Knockout Game” phenomenon is revealing the White House’s racial agenda is more concerned with retribution than reconciliation.
“The Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department are deliberately disinclined to prosecute hate crimes where blacks are the perpetrators and whites are the victims,” Vaughn writes. “It is becoming increasingly disturbing that it is not just the Obama administration and the brown-nosed media that have attempted to sweep this new criminal activity under the rug, but [also] local police departments. It’s happening all over the country, and not just in the major urban centers. I call this racialization of the law and criminality the Holder Effect, for it was the relatively new attorney general who famously announced that his Justice Department would side with ‘his people.’”
Vaughn’s column alludes to the Knockout Game, a violent trend wherein young thugs deliver unsuspecting victims a single blow to the head in an attempt to “knock out” the target. Dozens of examples in recent months have shown the Knockout Game is particularly popular among black youths targeting white or Jewish victims.
“Unable to ignore it any longer, [the media] play it down – especially the racial aspects of it,” Vaughn continues, “because that may put our black president, his black attorney general and all those black and liberal white lawyers in Holder’s civil rights division in a bad light because they aren’t investigating what appears to be serial hate crime.
“Which of course is true;” Vaughn writes, “our president is silent on what is a matter of growing public concern primarily among white Americans, who constitute, to date, all but one of the victims of this criminal game.”
As WND reported, Holder’s DOJ actually has acted upon the Knockout Game, bringing up hate-crime charges in only one case: that of Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy, Texas, a white man who targeted a black victim in December.
The irony of case the wasn’t lost on Vaughn.
“Out of the hundreds of these crimes that have occurred, the first Knockout Game perp to be charged by the Justice Department with a hate crime, and done so with great swiftness, is white,” Vaughn states. “Holder Effect, indeed.”
Allen West, the black former congressman from Florida, also noticed the irony and similarly suggested the charges (and previous lack thereof) reflect Holder holds a racially charged political agenda.
“I am glad the U.S. Department of Justice has finally stepped forward, but it begs the question, what took so long?” West asks on his blog. “Does Eric Holder’s inaction regarding previous crimes involving blacks attacking whites actually reflect his own hate crime?”
West continues, “The real question behind the decision to prosecute Mr. Barrett is not his actions, but rather the perception of an even more heinous double standard emanating from the Obama administration’s Department of Justice under Eric Holder – sure seems like it’s being used as a platform for the progressive socialist version of social justice.”