Muslims outraged by Knockout, but there’s a catch
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Religious and community activists gathered Sunday in the Houston, Texas, office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to call for an end to Knockout Game violence.
“It’s an assault,” activist Deric Muhammad said. “It’s a crime against an innocent person.”
But there’s a catch.
Their public outrage and calls for unity came only after federal hate-crime charges were filed against a white man last week for allegedly “hunting down” and assaulting an elderly black man in Katy, Texas.
“We have to be aware there are people with hatred toward specific minorities who will use ‘Knockout’ as their means to express their ill feelings,” said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of CAIR, pointing to a similar attack on a Muslim woman in London.
E.A. Deckard, pastor of Greenhouse International Church, hailed the decision to press “hate-crime” charges against Barrett and said Houston must “knock out the Knockout Game.”