Al Sharpton Speaks Out Against the Knockout Game

“It is despicable and we would not be silent if it were the other way around. We cannot be silent or in any way reluctant to confront it when it is coming from our own community.”

– Al Sharpton speaking about the Knockout Game

I’m not the guy to get up and praise Al Sharpton. The vast majority of the man’s words have caused destruction, pain and strife. Most of his life he has been a bane on society and has wrought discord and evil wherever he’s gone. However, he recently spoke out against the Knockout Game, and for that we should be grateful. He also spoke plainly about how it was people from “his” community choosing Jewish victims in racially motivated attacks – which may be the first time Al Sharpton has ever admitted that every community, even the inner city black community, has racial problems it needs to deal with.

 “This kind of behavior is deplorable and must be condemned by all us,” he said at his weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem. “We would not be silent if it was the other way around. We cannot be silent or in any way reluctant to confront it when it is coming from our own community.”

“Kids are randomly knocking out people [from] another race — some specifically going at Jewish people,” he said. “This kind of insane thuggery — there is nothing cute about that. There is no game play about knocking somebody out, and it is not a game. It is an assault and is bias, and it is wrong.”

Al Sharpton shouldn’t get used to this, but for today, on this one issue, I am going to say – good job. This is what a leader should do. He should speak to the people who he can influence and try to encourage them to do good instead of evil. If Sharpton can stop even one of these senseless attacks, then it behooves us to support his efforts. The knockout game is terrifying and violent, and the sooner the trend ends, the better.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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