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Ashley DePew

The news has been in a frenzy over what is coined as the knockout games, assaults carried by young people, most of them in their teens, where they attempt to knock out their victims with one punch before disappearing. It’s nothing new, nor is it “trending” in a usual sense. Yet, people are on edge watching the news, never bothering to think, ask questions or research to confirm anything let alone make sense of it. “The TV told them so. So, it must be true.”

But enough about all of that, it’s been proven that the knockout games are another dose of media hype right along with the East Coast-West Coast beef and the superpredator myth. So, I want to discuss another reused trope related to the shock with its roots deep in history.

Coming out of St. Louis, a woman by the name of Ashley DePew reported that she was attacked by a trio of black males. She said that she and her boyfriend Justin Simms were picking up a friend from a bar called the Trophy Room, when she was punched square in the face by three black males. She required reconstructive surgery to repair her injuries.

The story made headlines (big surprise) last month days before the Thanksgiving holiday. She said she believed she was a victim of the knockout game. Since the panic of the game was trending in the news, it proven that the game was not only real but catching on.

So, what is this reused trope I mentioned earlier? The habit of white people covering up their crimes by blaming nonexistent phantom negroes.

There were no black males involved in DePew’s assault. However, her injuries were inflicted by someone else, her boyfriend. Turns out she was covering up for him when the two argued and things got violent. They both claimed Simms “inadvertently hit DePew in the eye after she placed her hand on his and he ‘flung it back violently”.

So, Ashley Depew was a not a victim of black brutality. She was a victim of domestic violence.

As unfortunate as it is, I can not overlook the fact that this is another edition of passing the blame onto the black community, further criminalizing black people.

As black people, we are the first race that conjures up in the minds of people when crime is an issue. In fact, whites have turned it into a image protection policy when the time is needed to shield the police and public from their own dirt. Today, it’s big business to blame black people and it’s necessary to maintain the over-hyped, myth-laden innocence labeled as almost as a biological trait that comes with white skin.

The current uproar of black youth out of control is not too surprising. It is one constant in this “post-racial melting pot” known as America where a number of its citizens insist they are colorblind. Yet, it is still effective in promoting more fear of black bodies in society.  It is so potent that even exaggerated or outright false, it is still believable.

Still think blacks have it made in America?