Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Social sites are inaccurate, La. police say.

In Winnsboro, Louisiana, a black woman was set on fire by three young men wearing white hoods, who then vandalized her car with a racial slur and the letters KKK.  This story has gone viral around the world, and news sources as far away as New Zealand are reporting that she was wearing an Obama t-shirt at the time of the attack.

But, according to the police, those reports are not true, stating that their investigation is ongoing.  (I also read another report that said her mother also refuted reports about the t-shirt.)
Sharmeka Mofffitt was taken to LSU Hospital-Shreveport where, according to NBC affiliate KTAL TV, she is in the burn unit in critical condition.
My own take here is to not go off the deep end.  Certainly, such an attack is possible, and racial tensions have increased significantly during the election campaign.  But the tactic of using someone else's slogans or symbols have been used before to throw off the police and we should not make assumptions now, before all the facts are known.  After all, she may have been attacked by a former spouse or boyfriend, a jealous "other women" or simply three kids out for extreme mischief where race had nothing to do with it.  Using flammable material in such an attack, however, is usually significant of a very personal grudge.

For now, let's wait for the cops to do their jobs and not give the KKK any more publicity.  They certainly don't deserve any.

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