Another day another fake hate crime. This one is one of those stories that just doesn`t sound right from the start. It was reported that a group of kids were playing hide and seek when a 68 year old white man called a 5 year old black girl a racial slur and urinated on her while she was hiding in an alley. Fox 17 in West Michigan reported the mother Katrena Rapier as saying “She came in the house and she was wet, like soaking wet, and I’m asking her what happened but she was afraid to tell me because she thought she was going to get in trouble,” she said. “And then I called my boys because I knew they’d tell me and then they said the guy said ‘stupid N-word’ and started peeing on her.” Of course the online community went nuts and the local NAACP even jumped into action demanding the man face the fullest extent of the law. As it turned out, it was one of the other children who urinated on her and to avoid getting in trouble they made the story up.
The question here is- What kind of punishment will the children receive for making this story up? Fake hate crimes are not a joke, especially in today`s volatile climate. In this case an innocent 68 year old man was arrested and an online campaign of harassment had been started against him. Likewise, as the NAACP said about the man who was accused of this act, the people engaging in making such false claims need to face the fullest extent of the law as well.