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Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:39 AM

 

"Polar bear hunting" -- creation of a racist meme

Have you noticed that more and more right wing sites are reporting that the "knockout game" is "sometimes called polar bear hunting." The New York Post, World Net Daily, and all these less well known sites are reporting that. The interesting thing is that nearly every reference to "polar bear hunting" is only a few days only, and virtually all the references are on anti-black sites. A search of google blogs, for instance turns up various blogs (from 11/22 or later) that are clearly racist.

While the Urban Dictionary contains a reference to it from 2010, the person who wrote that reference only wrote one reference for the Urban Dictionary and I found a possible source for that reference by using what appeared on that website. This is from 2010:

http://smilepolitely.com/opinion/polar_bear_deconstruction/

"CPD Sgt. Jim Rein puts a undeniably catchy name to this phenomenon: "Years ago, I can't say a specific year, that was part of a local gang (rite) to see if you could knock out someone with one punch. They call it polar bear hunting." The N-G (Champaign, IL., News Gazette) would later run a retraction regarding the use of the phrase, as Rein intended the phrase to describe events in past years and not necessarily describing these attacks in those words, but you can't put a genie back in the bottle, as they say."

So, it seems to me that before the "knockout game," there was a ritual called "polar bear hunting" by a single local gang in Champaign, IL. Now, the right wing media, to sow panic among white righties, is picking it up as if there are roving mobs of black youth everywhere going "polar bear hunting." By the right wing media using this phrase, they are populating the internet with it, and pretty soon I bet other media will pick it up as well. But, the reality is that the knockout game is not called polar bear hunting, and that's just an attempt by the right wing to frame this exaggerated issue as black racism.




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Onlooker Nov 2013 OP
last1standing Nov 2013 #1
TroglodyteScholar Nov 2013 #2
intaglio Nov 2013 #3
Iggo Nov 2013 #4
gollygee Nov 2013 #5
Nine Nov 2013 #6

Response to Onlooker (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 03:22 AM

1. But the friend of a friend of my cousin knows a guy who was punched on the street!

IT MUST BE TRUE!!!!11!!!11!!!!!

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Response to Onlooker (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 03:25 AM

2. So pay it no mind...

...dismiss what is dismissable.

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Wed Nov 27, 2013, 07:33 AM

3. Pharyngula links to a good take-down of this urban legend

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Response to Onlooker (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 08:58 AM

4. No, I haven't noticed that.

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Response to Onlooker (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 09:04 AM

5. There is and has always been random violence

and it is not by any means at all limited to African Americans, nor are the victims by any means at all limited to white people. But I don't believe this supposed "game" is by any means a common trend sweeping the country as is being suggested by the media.

There seems to be a desperate need to create racial discord in this country - to make white people be afraid of people of color. Why is that? What is creating that? Is it new? I don't think so. I think this is just the most recent manifestation.

This all ties into the whole Zimmerman controversy for me. This is supposed to explain why he would be afraid of a random African American teenage boy. At least that's my theory.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 09:21 AM

6. good point

I remember lots of Zimmerman defenders arguing that it was perfectly plausible for Martin to have backtracked just to accost this stranger for no apparent reason. These posters were shrewd enough not to bring race directly into it, but there was a definite push to say that teenage boys always have a chip on their shoulder and like to sucker punch people just for the hell of it.

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