How many race hoaxes have been perpetrated during Barack Obama’s tenure as president? How high can you count?
LU, which has hardly been exhaustive in its coverage, has documented close to a hundred — during Obama’s second term alone.
It’s hard to reconcile these pathetic crimes with Obama’s boast during his farewell address:
I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago regardless of what some people say. But we’re not where we need to be and all of us have more work to do.
Maybe Obama considers this spate of crimes an improvement in race relations, but the law, which he swore to uphold as president, takes a dim view of them. Witness the charges filed against a 14-year-old black girl in Anne Arundel County, Md., who perpetrated the most recent of these hoaxes by sending a threatening tweet to her high school using the handle @KoolkidsKlanKkk.
Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ reports that police working with Twitter were able to identify the teen who created the account, from which she sent out the tweet, which read, “We’re planning to attack tomorrow.”
Authorities interviewed the girl while she was with her parents, and police say she admitted to creating the Twitter account and sending the threatening tweet.
She was charged with a juvenile citation for disruption of school activities and released to her parents.
According to the report, other students were involved in the incident and disciplined. But some parents continue to be understandably concerned about the situation.
For its part, the school sent home this letter to parents that is likely to assuage no one’s concerns.