Happy Friday, y’all!
I’m going to vent for a bit…okay?
A woman in Vancouver Washington claimed that a black woman threw acid in her face.
The woman…Bethany Storro…was indeed burned by acid on her face.
She was hospitalized…there was a press conference…a police sketch artist assisted her in recreating a likeness of her alleged attacker…and folks from all over the world expressed outrage at the attack and concern for Ms. Storro.
But Bethany Storro was not attacked by a black woman…a black woman did not toss acid in her face…she made the whole thing up.
Robin Roberts of Good Morning America covered this shit this morning and when she spoke with a representative from the police she asked a question that far too many folks aren’t asking – where black women questioned in relation to these false accusations? The representative skirted the question…saying that the police had questioned people and did do canvasses.
Robin didn’t press her on that.
This has happened before…in Union South Carolina and Boston Massachusetts where people tossed out the accusation that a black person did this or that and then it came out that the person making the accusation is actually the guilty party.
And I suppose I understand the tug some people have to feel sorry for Ms. Storro…’cause she’s probably not well and has seriously hurt herself.
But I’m feeling sorry for the black women of Vancouver Washington who were questioned about a crime that never happened…who had people look at them twice with fear and condemnation…who were so swiftly assumed to have done the heinous that many will make the excuse that it’s their own fault that the false accusation was believable in the first place.
My concern is for them…for us.
I can’t help but wonder where the outrage is for them…for us…as I listen to news reporters, their voices softened in concern and compassion, ponder the condition of Ms. Storro even as they circumnavigate the fact that she could have and might have falsely accused a black woman all the way down the line to a trial.
Don’t sleep - this nation has a history of this shit…black people have swung dead from trees for this kind of shit…right now some people are unjustly in jail on that shit…
…because it is so believable…because the press prefers to circumnavigate the race part of these incidents when they happen…because, as Attorney General Eric Holder said, we are a nation of cowards when it comes to race…
…because we are so not post-racial that we can’t even see a post-racial America on the horizon.
Susan Smith…Ashley Todd…Bonnie Sweeten…and a theme so woven into the fabric of our culture that right now some knavish troll is gleefully typing a comment to this post claiming that black people wouldn’t be falsely accused if black people didn’t attack people all the time.
Accused…suspected…questioned…and so easily assumed to be violent without provocation…wild and uncontrollable…
And in hush voice someone says...well they are like that, right?