All over the major newspapers and news media last week was the ugly tale of another “hate crime.” 12-year-old Amari Allen, a black sixth-grader at a Christian, Northern Virginia private school, said that three white boys held her down and cut off some of her dreadlocks.
The New York Times and other news sources decided this was national news, just like a white Catholic school boy not having the right expression on his face when he was being harassed by a Native American activist. More proof of racism in America! “They put me on the ground,” the girl recounted in an emotional phone interview”One of them put my hands behind my back. One put his hands over my mouth. One cut my hair. They were saying that my hair was ugly, that it was nappy.” Why was this alleged episode of childhood bullying worthy of national attention? It was because Mike Pence’s wife Karen teaches at the school, the Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, about 15 minutes from my home.
This was cognitive dissonance manipulation. Pence’s wife teaches at a school where a black girl was racially harassed, thus the school is racially biased, thus Karen Pence is facilitating racism, thus her husband consorts with a racist, and it all leads back to that racist, President Trump. ( Big Lie #4)
With the same motivation, the left wing websites enthusiastically promoted the story. Here’s the always shameless Daily Kos:
See the white supremacy hate crimes that Trump, Pence, and Republicans foster? The local NAACP immediately got into the act, talking about lawsuits.
Except that it didn’t happen. The Washington Post reported today that the girl has recanted, and her grandparents, who are raising her, have apologized.
Blogger Ann Althouse flagged this story as problematical days ago, writing,
“I’m blogging this story because I believe there are many adults in the picture here, including the people at the NYT, who are not doing enough to protect this child. Whether the story arose 100% from a real life incident or whether it’s all made up or somewhere in between, the girl’s needs are the overwhelming top priority and every adult with anything to do with this should do all they can to help and protect her. I don’t know that the boys have been named and accused. It sounds like they go to the school and would be easily identifiable. If particular boys are accused, then treating them fairly is also paramount. If the boys are not named, then it’s very hard to believe the story. As I read it, the story emerged after interaction with the grandmother. The child might have been pressured and asked leading questions and had no idea of what a big deal it would become. That’s why her name and picture should never have come out before an investigation. Even after an investigation, I wouldn’t burden her life with this story, whether it’s true or false.”
Many more mature females have sought temporary advantages, political or otherwise, in making false accusations against men without concern for the consequences to those they accused. The lessons that this conduct is never acceptable, and will always be punished, are essential to teach, and 12-years-old is not to young to learn it. A lifetime burden? Too bad. A few more days in the news and three innocent boys would have had a lifetime burden as junior racists. I know this doesn’t matter to the news media because the boys are white, but it does matter, and should matter. If the news media is held responsible for making Amari’s mistake a worse burden because their confirmation bias and disgusting desire to promote racial division led them to make this story a topic of national debate before the facts were confirmed, good. In fact, great. Maybe they’ll be more responsible next time, though I doubt it.
“This story should never have been reported,” Althouse says. With that, I do agree.
The school, meanwhile, has said in a statement from the principal:
“We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false, We’re grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations. While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel 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. This ordeal has revealed that we as a school family are not immune from the effects of deep racial wounds in our society. We view this incident as an opportunity to be part of a learning and healing process, and we will continue to support the students and families involved. We will also continue teaching what we’ve taught for more than 40 years: that the love of God is for all people, and as His children we should demonstrate that love equally to all people regardless of their background, what they believe or how they behave.”
Blechhh. Compassion for the child who made a serious and false accusation with racial overtones is misplaced. She lied and continued to press the lie with journalists. She’s old enough to understand the ramifications of that. Her guardians, who allowed her to get in the mess by failing to make certain she was telling the truth, and those who set out to exploit her have also earned every bit of their “pain.”
Blaming the incident on “the effects of deep racial wounds in our society” is deflection, making bland excuses and shifting responsibility from where it belongs. Somehow, this will end up as President Trump’s fault, and the girl will be the victim.
She should be kicked out of the school and prosecuted, or in the alternative, forced to move to Chicago where making false hate crime accusations doesn’t matter.