Racism once again made headlines when black female students were sent what many considered to be aggressively offensive and unacceptable notes that many thought were due to their race and gender.
It’s an issue that has been at the forefront of the minds of many as the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd is upon us. The media has been telling us that we are more racist than we know, more predigest than we thought possible, and more guilty than we are ready to admit, but what about when “we” extend past those with the palest complections?
Are the same words racist if said by a person of color? Can a Black American be racist? And if so, is it only the conservative ones that are branded as “white supremacists” or are there those who lean the other way who are guilty as well?
That question, along with a few others, are what took to the minds of Americans who read about what The Daily Wire called a “Hate Crime Hoax” that took place just weeks ago.
In this case, several female students of color at White Bear Lake High School South Campus in Minnesota found themselves in possession of threatening messages after being invited into a group chat on Instagram. The messages were sent privately but allegedly connected to the group.
So great was the outrage about the messages toward the students of color that hundreds of students walked out of class to protest the messages, as well as many who sent letters and messages to the mayor’s office, asking for action.
Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak himself weighed it and sent a statement to the White Bear Lake community calling the incident a “hoax,” after more information revealed that the messages were not nearly as threatening as they could seem. However, the real surprise came when federal officers looked into who sent the message, launching their investigation, they found that a single student was behind all the mischief, and she, by definition, could not have been a “white” supremacist, according to The Wire.
According to The Wire, it has now been confirmed that it was a black female who created the group, according to police reports obtained by The College Fix.
“The school district did not release the race of the student behind the hoax, but the police reports confirm the student was a member of the Black Excellence Club, whose members were invited into the group chat to receive the hateful messages,” the Wire reported. ‘Most of the messages were too vile to print but included ‘GET HANGED. DIE. KILL YOURSELF’ and ‘That’s why George Floyd died can’t wait until everyone your color leaves like that.’”
A forensic accounting of the messages sent to the girls showed that a fellow student of color’s home address.
“What’s more, the unidentified black girl told a White Bear Lake police officer that she could not tell her friends that she created the account but did not send the messages because ‘they’re not stupid,’” the Fix reported.
While the hoax was locally grieved and bereaved, it seemed to get little to no national attention, much to the chagrin of those who consider this unequal treatment. There have also been no charges filed.
“The case as presented by law enforcement did not warrant criminal charges,” Ramsey County prosecutor’s office spokesperson Dennis Gerhardstein told the Fix.
Yet another student who was involved in the hoax at least to the point of lying to police and his assistant principal is out of danger of being charged.
“An official with the police department said it did not press for charges for several reasons, including because the officer did not read the suspect her Miranda rights and because they did not think it was worth pursuing charges,” the Fix reported.