Another day, another “racist” hoax. The New York Post tells us that a black Georgia woman has been arrested in connection with threatening messages alleged to be from the racist Ku Klux Klan being placed in mailboxes in the community of Douglasville, Georgia, a suburb located 20 miles west of Atlanta.
For 11 months, black families in an Atlanta suburb were terrorized w/letters from someone saying they're a white KKK member who will burn the houses & kill them. Following an extensive investigation, police charged Terresha Lucas, a black woman. #HateHoax https://t.co/eCpOLefnoJ
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 1, 2021
The messages, in which the perpetrator threatened to burn down people’s homes and kill them were allegedly left by Terresha Lucas, 30 of Douglasville. She was charged by police with eight counts of making terroristic threats.
Lucas left the notes in neighbors’ mailboxes, identifying herself as a member of the KKK with a long red beard who didn’t live in the neighborhood. Wonder how they figured out it was a hoax?
The incidents began last December 20 when two homes on the same street in the Brookmont subdivision of the city found violent, hateful notes in their mailboxes which were racially motivated, Douglasville police said.
“The letter is using the N-word, talking about the KKK, hanging people, killing kids, killing whole families and setting houses on fire,” one concerned father told local news after receiving one of the letters.
Another man told the outlet, CBS 46 News that he had received one as well.
“I received one two days ago and I was alarmed at what I read,” he said.
The letters were sent to at least seven blacks who live in the neighborhood who said they had received individualized handwritten notes in their mailboxes over several months.
Notes, all left in the middle of the night also were found on Feb. 17, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 3, authorities said. Police believe there were in fact more than seven residents who received the notes, with some not coming forward to law enforcement officials.
When the incidents occurred, police went door-to-door checking both doorbell and security cameras after they were notified of the first incidents. Police walked the neighborhood and distributed flyers to try and obtain information, however received no leads.
“By mid-March, we really didn’t have anything to go on,” said police detective Nathan Shumaker.
The notes stopped for about six months, but one final note was placed on Sept. 6, authorities said.
However police received a break when evidence tying Lucas to the notes was found in her house. Police obtained a search warrant and searched the home, which led to evidence tying Lucas to the notes, Shumaker said.
Lucas made her first court appearance last week and was denied bond, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News.
Social media also weighed in on the news.
‘Racism is so bad, people are literally racist against themselves,” with another suggesting, “Should add hate crime charges to that also.”
Another weighed in, “Another Jussie Smollett trying to create racial division.”
Someone else said, facetiously, “This seems to happen quite a bit. I’m sure the FBI takes this kind of stuff into account when making their statements about white supremacy being the no. 1 threat to the US.”
“The greatest racism threat is fake racism. There simply is not enough racism out there, so they need to fake it.”
The greatest racism threat is the fake racism. There simply is not enough racism out there, so they need to fake it. https://t.co/9QgjWyTRhz
— LB from OH (@LB_Part_XI) October 4, 2021
The city will probably give her millions for her being so oppressed that she was forced to send those letters
— One Less Nurse💉 (@thisisdumbafppl) October 1, 2021
In case you missed it, we recently reported about another racial hoax. For more on that, we invite you to:
WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – Back in April, the superintendent for White Bear Lake Area Schools stated that an incident involving “students of color” receiving “threatening” and “racist” messages on social media were part of a hoax.
Yet, the public statement from the superintendent only described the culprit who confessed to the Instagram account responsible for the threatening messages as “a young person”.
Turns out, the “young person” is also a high school student of color from White Bear Lake High.
"Go back to Africa"
Racist messages sent to nearly every black student at White Bear Lake Area High School (@isd624) in Minnesota started a panic. But an investigation has found a black student was responsible. And she will not be criminally charged. https://t.co/ED2p80eHxx
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) May 24, 2021
On April 8th, the White Bear Lake Police Department were notified of an anonymous Instagram account that was created on April 7th, where a group chat hosted by an account called “gowhitebear” was posting racist and threatening messages.
According to the police report, some of the messages contained the following (spelling errors are according to police report):
“Let me explain. You n*****s need to leave White bear. You guys are raceist for having black people club, I I make a club I’m raceist.”
“I’m gonna kill that N***** bitch if she leaves one more time. Stop leaving. That bitch is dead. I told you to stop leaving. You think I’m playing.”
“I will see you in school. I’M TIRED OF YOU BLACK N*****S. YOU WILL GET RAPED AND DIE.”
“Leave my school n*****. I don’t like a n***** bitch. Dog.”
A thorough investigation was put into place, which involved the White Bear Lake Police Department and some level of assistance from the FBI to track down where these messages originated from.
Reportedly, this anonymous Instagram account wound up tracing back to a single IP address where a juvenile person of color resided.
— seÑor secondary (@yourbdself) May 23, 2021
When this juvenile was first being interrogated about this Instagram activity, she proclaimed that she didn’t send the messages but then had some questions on how police tracked her down:
“Cause I didn’t send like those messages. Like, I have a question. Did the messages come from my house, or was it just like the account created at my house?”
The investigators informed the juvenile that all the activity came back to her house, explaining to the juvenile exactly how IP addresses is work.
Eventually, the juvenile would admit to creating the Instagram account in question and then alleging possibly people over at her house may have sent the messages from that account – but she also refused to provide any names of people who could’ve been involved.
According to a supplemental report drafted by White Bear Lake Police SRO Jonah Shermer, Officer Shermer’s report noted the following when concluding the investigation:
“Although, she initially indicated that she had direct knowledge of persons who were creating and sending the messages in her initial interview, she is now claiming she does not know who sent them.”
If racism were rampant in America, race baiters wouldn't have to stage hoaxes like this.
— Jane Eagle (@WhoisJaneGalt) April 14, 2021
When White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak revealed that the messages were tantamount to a hoax, he noted the following about the culprit in a public statement:
“This afternoon, a young person took responsibility for posting hateful messages on social media. While we are working to learn more about the motives behind this action, we understand that race is at the center of this incident and any use of hateful language against another student is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.
Our anger around racist acts and bullying remain critical to our work as parents, educators and community.”
The statement happened to leave out some of the key details, like how the juvenile involved in creating the account was a student of color and was also a confirmed member of the high school’s Black Excellence Club.
Considering the nature of the incident, authorities aren’t pursuing any charges in the matter.
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Back in April, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on another one of these hate crime hoaxes, where a black college student reportedly owned up to a graffiti incident at a college in Michigan that hosted racist and anti-Semitic phrases.
Here’s that previous report.
ALBION, MI – According to Albion police, a 21-year-old black college student has admitted to creating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was found on campus at Michigan’s Albion College over the weekend of April 3 and 4, 2021.
The graffiti included racial epithets and references to the KKK.
Some of the scrawled statements read:
“Die N*****s Please,”
“Albion is racist we do exist KKK,” and
“KKK White Power.”
There was also a Star of David with “666” across it.
Racist Graffiti at Albion College Was Written By Black Student, Police Say https://t.co/JqfEot4kWK
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 9, 2021
Students and faculty members responded to the graffiti by boycotting classes during the following days.
Protests were also held, with students and faculty marching across campus, shouting, “Silence is violence!”
— Trisha McCauley (@TrishaWWMT) April 8, 2021
According to WWMT News, students also demanded “change” from Albion’s administrative officials, with some seniors saying “there had been a racial incident just about every semester and little changed over their four years to make campus feel more inclusive.”
Others reported that during the last month there were “least three incidents of racial and derogatory slurs written on walls in the residence halls, along with drawings of swastikas.”
Today hundreds of Albion College students are boycotting recent racial & anti-Semitic actions happening on campus.
— Trisha McCauley (@TrishaWWMT) April 5, 2021
Senior Jayson Sawyer, who organized the boycotts, told WWMT:
“We do this (boycott) because Albion College has polices that take a stance at anti-racism and if they are not upholding those policies, we would like to make sure they are held accountable.”
Some students have indicated that they have not felt welcome on the Albion campus.
Albion student Akaiia Ridley told WWMT:
“We feel like they brought us here to meet a quota more than they did because they wanted us here.”
Ridley added that some changes had been made at the college, “but more needed to be done.”
In response to concerns over the graffiti, Albion College administrators tweeted messages of support to black students and promised to get to the bottom of the situation.
“We stand together with our Black students, alumni, faculty, staff, and broader community members in condemning the recent acts of racism on campus.
“Hatred and injustice have no place at Albion, and will not be tolerated.”
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 8, 2021
Albion College President Mathew Johnson also said in a statement to WWMT:
“The racist and anti-Semitic actions taken on our campus over the last week are cowardly and will not be tolerated.”
“In addition to caring for and protecting the students most directly impacted, and addressing the safety concerns of the broader student body, we are currently investigating who is responsible for racist graffiti on our campus.”
The college also offered a $1000 reward for information on the person responsible, and promised to seek criminal charges. In addition, officials promised to consider expelling or suspending that person if they were found to be a student.
As it turns out, authorities did not have to look far for the alleged perpetrator.
On April 6, police brought in a 21-year-old black Albion College student for questioning. The student reportedly “admitted to creating most of the graffiti.”
Furthermore, video evidence gathered by Albion’s Campus Safety Department confirmed the student’s statements, according to Albion Police Chief Scott Kipp.
The student was released after questioning, and potential prosecution awaits completion of the investigation.
In addition, Albion College removed the student from campus and placed him on a “temporary suspension.” The college is conducting its own investigation “as part of the student judicial process.”
After the student was brought in for questioning, Albion College announced via multiple tweets that he had been identified and acknowledged sole responsibility for the racial and anti-Semitic graffiti.
They have been immediately removed from campus and placed on temporary suspension while we conduct a full investigation as part of our student judicial process. (2/5)
— Albion College (@albioncollege) April 7, 2021
Interestingly, the college did not mention the race of the student allegedly responsible.
Albion did, however, assure forthcoming action against racism, saying:
“But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident.
“We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community.”
But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident. We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community. (3/5)
— Albion College (@albioncollege) April 7, 2021
According to Michigan Live, the Albion Department of Public Safety and Albion College Campus Safety are currently working together to assess whether other individuals were involved.
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