• Can You Say ‘Troubling Pattern’?: Another ‘Racist Attack’ Story Exposed as Hoax

    Surge Summary: The report of an elementary-age girl’s assault – insulted and her hair forcibly cut – by a gang of white boys at a Christian school, has been outed as a hoax. Grace has been exhibited by all sides in the aftermath.

    Well, it’s America in the twenty-first century and another racialist hoax has been uncovered.

    Did the Jussie Smollett flap teach us nothing?

    Zachary Evans over at National Review reports:

    A sixth-grade girl who claimed her hair was cut by three fellow students in a racist attack on her school playground has admitted to making the story up, according to a statement from the Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va. provided to the Washington Post.

    Sentient observers can’t help but wonder if the tireless drumbeat of “racism” accusations and “racism” storylines issuing from the media and political circles didn’t have something to do with sparking this incident.

    In a redemptive note, the girl’s family issued a statement apologizing to the three falsely targeted boys. (As of Evans’ writing of this piece, they had not been publicly identified.)

    “We understand there will be consequences and we’re prepared to take responsibility for them,” the statement read. “We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time.”

    It’s a completely necessary response from the young woman’s loved ones – and, considering today’s combustible atmosphere, a strikingly mature and responsible one. Glaringly lacking is any excuse-making or counter-accusations. Simply a frank mea culpa and appeal for grace from the family of the offending party. Once again, not something you run into everyday in 2019’s fraught America.

    “We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false,” school principal Stephen Danish wrote in a letter to parents, before adding that the school feels “tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict. We recognize that we now enter what will be a long season of healing.”

    The formerly alleged victim, Amari Allen, described the attack in a September 28 interview with local CBS affiliate WUSA-TV. Allen, who is black, specifically fingered three white boys whom she claimed pinned her down, calling her “ugly,” and referring to her hair as “nappy.” She said they then cut off some of her dreadlocks.

    News outlets from the Daily Beast to the New York Times picked up on the story after local-news stations broadcast interviews with Allen and her grandmother, both tearfully recounting the alleged attack. NBC Nightly News dedicated a segment of its September 27 airing to Allen. And even today, a local Fox station reported that the school was deliberating the punishments to be given to the three boys.

    Coincidentally, Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, teaches at Immanuel Christian School. No doubt, that detail, and the presumably conservative, Bible-believing “Christian school” angle, added a touch of spice to this narrative for a certain sizable segment of the media. Could news outlets’ manifest eagerness to highlight this episode be accounted for, in part, by the Pence/Evangelical school facet of the story? Likely, I’d venture.

    Occurrences like this, plainly, are terrible for society and, especially if left unexposed and standing unrebutted, do nothing to help race relations in the U.S.  Still, the truth was vindicated here, decency and understanding were exhibited on both sides, and we can be thankful, indeed, for that.

    H/T: Zachary Evans/National Review

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