Thunderhawk wrote:Sounds like as it got big there was a mountain of support for her, but she still fessed up. The false claim must be condemned, but confessing the lie should be praised.
I do not praise the confession because they only confessed to the lie after the police had investigated and found no evidence of the attack.
The apology is more commendable than the confession, but it is enough? What about the harm done to the other students, their families, the mistrust that white people will now have against this girl and her family and other black families?
It would be one thing if the story were true, but this girl, her grandmother and Mikea Turner were blatantly spreading racial hatred based on lies.
Godstud wrote:Child lies. How is this news?
What a dumb fucking thread.
Because, Godstud, the morning news anchor of WUSA9 in Washington DC thought it was a very imporant thing for people to know.
Other news outlets also thought it was a very imporant story that their viewers needed to know as well. They also felt the need to explicitly state the ethnicities of the victim and the attackers.
It is also worth noting that a GoFundMe page was set up for the girl and her family. It has since been taken down so I do not know how much money was collected or if any of the money and gifts the family received were returned.
Here were a few reactions from people on Twitter. These were just a few I found that had hundreds or thousands of likes and retweets. This goes to show you how dangerous these lies and hoaxes can be.
When the story was determined by the police to have been a hoax, many people became upset and began to make excuses to justify their belief in the white supremacist conspiracy they think exists in America.