Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Acid attack was a lie

If you haven't heard yet about this story, well here goes. A Vancouver, Washington woman named Bethany Storro, said an African-American woman threw a cup of acid on her face at a Starbucks which of course left her face scarred. She said the African-American woman said, "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" But as it turns out it was a hoax, she lied about everything, she threw acid on her own face. Why would you do this to yourself? Does she hate a race so much to permanently scar her own face? I don't think she should be allowed in public, she needs some serious help.

Storro was rushed to the hospital with second-degree burns. The community rallied around her, raising thousands of dollars in donations and demanding that police find the assailant in this bizarre case. Yet police had no leads, and could find no evidence of Storro’s attacker. After several weeks of fruitless investigation Storro admitted that it was all a hoax; she had thrown acid on herself.

By then the damage has been done—not only to Storro's credibility, and to the trust of her friends, family and supporters—but also to race relations. Commenters on white power Web sites jumped onto Storro's tragic story, viewing it through a racist prism: "This is a hate crime. Hang the baboon from a tree," one poster demanded. Another replied, "An eye for an eye I say. It is clear that this was done out of jealousy (most of these black on white crimes are about jealousy) because this lovely white girl was better looking and more intelligent than this inferior and worthless female afro-bozo."


Ironically, Storro had been slated to appear on Oprah to discuss her attack ("to inspire people and tell them about Jesus" she said), but cancelled abruptly once questions were raised about her story.


When looking for someone to accuse of crimes, hoaxers often exploit society's racist notions of who would be likely to commit the crime against the "victim." The news regularly reports on people who fake diseases, rapes, robberies, abductions, suicides, and crimes of all variety. When the hoax fans the flames of hatred, it is all the more reprehensible.


rafiah latiker said...

The extent of this womans racism showed in her creation of a story that a black lady at starbucks threw a cup of acid in her face. She was so blinded by her hate of Africans-Americans she failed to reason about the escalation of racial feelings between blacks and whites could have led to a Race Riot and hundreds of people could have been injured and many killed and the property damage that could have affected the economy of black neighborhood would have been terrible. What if some of the people who posted on White Power websites had decided to go beyond posting words and carried out an physical act of violence against a black man or woman. So full of hate twisted to the point that she was so bend on getting back at a black she threw acid on herself. and the writer of this article is right she needs lots of help. And so do the people who jump the gun and over react about Blacks when these stories surface without waiting for the facts. Remember Susan Smith the young white woman of Union South Carolina? In 1994 she too lied and said a black man had carjacked her and rode away with her two sons. She lied and caused tension between the races. The whites in that city were really angry at blacks. It was for nothing,because as time passed she admitted she drove her car and children into a body of water and killed them.These type of individuals are a danger to themselves and people around them and the biggest danger of all is the potential of violence their lies can trigger between the races.

Anonymous said...

White people are pathetic, they already control the media. They propagandize and promote their race all while mocking and misrepresenting non-white races(especially african-american). I think white are afraid of non-white beauty. Non white women in my opinion are way more attractive. That's why white men and their crazed loony toon women purposely betray black women as fat or unnatractive on tv and media outlets. It's hilarious to watch because all it does is make the casting directors of these many films and programs look extremely jealous. As well as trying to hard to "beautify" white women while portraying black and non white woman as non attractive. You have to literally search black outlets or live in areas (like I do) where gorgeous, petite black women are everywhere. It makes you look at white media like "ok....keep trying".