An old friend of my family, of my mother’s specifically, was victimized by the “Knockout Game” in Portland, Oregon. She was walking down the sidewalk in the downtown area around 9 AM when a young Black man about age 19-21 ran up behind her and punched her in the back of the head, very hard. She fell down, crashing into a flowerbed on the side of the sidewalk. Then he took off running. She was still conscious, and she was not seriously injured. She’s 80 years old though. He could have killed her.
You can Google the Knockout Game if you like. Young men, apparently most if not all young Blacks, run up behind a person, often but not always a White person, hit them in the head and then run away. It may take more extreme forms. The common denominator is a brutal assault on an unsuspecting person followed by the assailants running away. People have been badly beaten this way and have ended up in the hospital.
My mother told me about this, and she was dumbfounded when I told her about the Knockout Game. Although she is White, liberal and would be considered nonracist, she is a typical White person, as Obama and I would both say. She knows Blacks well and has no illusions about them. I don’t have any illusions about them either; I also know them quite well.
She nodded her head knowingly when I said the perpetrators of this game were often young Black males and the victims were often Whites. Her attitude was, “Well, of course.” One of her old relatives was mugged by a Black in St. Louis in the 1930’s. It took the woman a long time to get over it, and this was back in lynching days. Another relative, some distant aunt, was raped at age ~80 by a young Black man who climbed in her window in Los Angeles and raped her. What kind of man rapes an 80 year old woman.
My Mom’s not particularly racist, nor am I, even after this latest incident. As a race realist, I just say, “It figures, what do you expect?” On the other hand, it’s so much easier after a few incidents like this to just go racist all the way. That’s the easy way out. We White liberals bend over backwards and go into all sorts of convolutions to not be racist, no matter what the provocations. See the crap we put up with from Blacks? And we still don’t go racist. That’s not easy.