Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Knockout Game Victim Speaks

Here’s a very sad coda to yesterday’s post about the urban knockout game.

One victim of such an attack, Phoebe Connolly spoke out on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night.

Yesterday, I hypothesized that this appalling, and obviously criminal behavior was being encouraged, even countenanced by a culture that, instead of condemning it, tries to understand it it.

It’s even worse than I thought. Connolly tells us how she really feels:

I ultimately, I’ve moved past it and I really have no hard feelings about what has happened. And I just see it as another reason why we need to better support our youth with activities and youth programs, which is actually what I do for work, and it’s great to see teenagers do incredible things when they’re supported and empowered.

If the young people who cold cocked Connolly—and who could have killed her, by the way—were trying to knock some sense into her head, they failed.

Patrick Howley offers an opinion on The Daily Caller:

And yet she still holds the kind of liberal guilt that convinces her, against all evidence to the contrary, that she is infinitely more privileged than the vicious teenagers who inexplicably assaulted her in an act of pure evil. She still cannot say something along the lines of, “Put these kids in jail and throw away the key.”

No. Of course not. She has to talk about youth programs, because games of pickup four-square moderated by college resume-padding suburbanites are, like, transformational and will totally prevent kids from engaging in the kinds of random brutality that is tearing apart our inner cities every day in a crisis of unprecedented proportions.

And, while we’re at it, why does Phoebe assume that these kids need more support from “youth” programs? What about them, Phoebe, tells you that these kids are just diamonds-in-the-rough suffering from the consequences of income inequality?


Anonymous said...

I love it when the use of the word "evil" fits. Here, in Howley's analysis, it truly fits. This is not a "game." It is recreational terror that reflects the crumbling of urban society. It is entirely uncivilized behavior. We cannot have a civil society when people are randomly and brutally attacked for amusement. A couple people commented on this blog yesterday that this kind of chaotic crime can only be combated with wider allowance of concealed weapons. I am inclined to agree. It demonstrates how far we've fallen as a culture.

Phoebe's statement reflects the essence of the Leftist mind with one word: MORE. We need more of this, more of that, more, more, more so that their ideas will actually work and their programs will have some efficacy in elevating human dignity. They don't, yet the pity and guilt knows no bounds, so they demand more for society's alleged "victims."

People who play "knock out" are not victims, they are criminals. Period.


Sam L. said...

Channeling her inner Robert Fisk.

n.n said...

This is pure bigotry. Activists with "good intentions" need to stop slandering their presumptive "wards." There is no inherent correlation between being poor, less educated, etc. and violence, which is an outcome of sabotaged character development. They should stop spreading the lie that people in this class are incapable or less capable of self-moderating, responsible behavior.

Anonymous said...

But that's where they get all their power, n.n!

When we attach lots of money to such problems, using band-aids and stop-gaps that will never work, there is an incentive for the activist class to perpetuate the problems. If the problem was solved, there'd be no need to spend the money! What would they do with themselves??? Do you really think that Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton want their magical racist extortion racket to go away? What would they do?

It's HARD WORK for people to take responsibility for themselves and invest in their character. It's not hard science… we're talking about human beings here. The easy route is to just spend money to pretend we're doing something about the problem. We're assuaging material want, and creating spiritual bankruptcy. That's what makes "knock-out" so much fun.

Urban social programs make the activist and donor feel good, but does it work for the people they claim to speak for? No, it does not. Not unless people learn how to live for themselves and those they're responsible for.

But it makes for great theater, doesn't it? More, more, MORE!!! Walking around in circles chanting for an end to poverty, demanding checks. Ain't no way that's going to work.