Big Trippin’ is a six and a half foot tall, 25-year-old, white man, a kind of Bohemian who likes the sights and attractions of the city. He’s is not a high end hipster attending elite venues like most whites who like the cultural attractions he likes. He was walking past the Myerhoff Symphony Hall when he was approached by five innocent unarmed black teens, two of which had knives. Big Trippin’ also had a knife. He did not brandish it, but placed his hand on it and negotiated with the aggressors, agreeing to give up his cash, but keeping his identification and credit cards.
Personally, I could not bring myself to negotiate like this, and may well have been arrested and charged for murder. This fellow, however, took the most conservative and tactically sound course. Where most people would have put themselves at the mercy of these murderous hoodrats and some would have put themselves at the mercy of law enforcement and the media, he maintained his autonomy, and basically paid a toll.
His tactic was much the same as 18th century frontiersmen, who were often extorted into handing over portions of their haul [this happened to Daniel Boone a few times] to an aggressive group of Indians that preferred negotiation to taking out their prey at the risk of taking casualties. Of course, it is impossible for the modern human to understand that negotiations with aggressors are only possible if one is armed or perceived to be armed.