RALEIGH – One might wonder if there are any examples of anonymous ‘hate crimes’ that don’t turn out to be a hoax. The smashing and vandalizing of cars at a black-owned business in Spring Lake, North Carolina was an apparent hate crime — complete with swastikas and KKK graffiti — until it security footage revealed the the White Supremacist vandals were, in fact, two black males.
Vandals smashed up cars at a black-owned auto repair shop in Spring Lake, NC. They left graffiti purported to be a swastika & KKK hood. However, footage from a security system show two black males were responsible. #HateHoax https://t.co/LbCcB4ZIhG pic.twitter.com/Seswk6Ikxk
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 25, 2021
When WRAL first covered the story the assignment editors were no doubt salivating over the opportunity to spotlight evidence of this pervasive White Supremacy targeting black lives and livelihoods. But just like the Black Lives Matter movement itself, reality revealed it to be a hoax.
Now it becomes awkward, as WRAL is obligated to follow up on the developing story while also taking pains to avoid the identifying the elephant in the room.
“The…uhhh…individuals,” caught on security camera footage returning to the business to do more damage were not donning white hoods, or burning crosses, after all. Go figure.