Dang, what an interesting turn of events!
On Monday, October 22, my phone was blowing up with text messages and calls about an incident in which a Black woman was allegedly burned by 3 men wearing white hoodies at a park in Winnsboro, Louisiana. Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old Black woman, was reportedly set on fire by these men and had the letters "KKK" sprayed on her car by the same attackers. Local authorities didn't call it a hate crime and the FBI was reportedly involved in the investigation.
The story quickly went viral on social media and several civil rights groups immediately jumped on it. Also, a "Prayers for Sharmeka Moffitt" Facebook page was launched that reached nearly 50,000 Likes. Even several prayer vigils occurred in support of the alleged victim and her family.
Now the authorities reportedly found evidence that may prove that Sharmeka Moffitt did all of this to herself. and fabricated the entire story. Her family released the following statement: "Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies. We are sincerely sorry for any problems this may have caused and wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from friends, acquaintances, church organizations and government officials. Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on Sharmeka and her recovery. We ask that you continue to pray for her and for our family, and that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."
If it turns out that she truly did this to herself, then she definitely is someone who is still in need of prayer and much assistance. The person who created the "Prayers for Sharmeka Moffitt" said in a post,"The SUPPORT and PRAYERS you have all given this girl have been TREMENDOUS, all of our hearts were in the right place. This was at the very least a great exercise in us all coming together. Hopefully if this IS a fabrication, Sharmeka Moffitt will formally apologize to all of us... when she is well I will continue to follow the news updates and send out a final message soon..... To think a young girl would even do this to herself is troubling in itself, we may have to still Pray for Her."
I am not going to front to you and pretend like I'm one who readily agrees with an investigation conducted by law officials. Especially after covering the story of Frederick Jermaine Carter, who was found hanging from a tree on Greenwood, MS in December 2010. It was immediately labelled suicide, but after personally visiting the site of his death, it just wasn't mathematically possible.
You just never know.
Oh well, the struggle continues.
PS: The same energy we exert in fighting the things we're Against, should be tripled when backing the things we're For. Just a thought.
(Follow Brother Jesse Muhammad on Twitter @BrotherJesse)