Yet another race-driven hoax, which prompts the question of just how many of the reported claims around the country actually true.
A North Carolina man who opposes Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds was arrested after placing white hoods on the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy.
Jonathan Alan Williams, 42, shared a photo on Twitter of white hoods on the statue, which was dedicated in 1914 and features a woman and a young boy, but police say he is responsible for putting them there, according to the News & Observer.
“Huh. That’s new,” Williams tweeted.
The apparent message being that members of the Confederacy are members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Williams, who expressed shock over the incident, told the newspaper he walked by the statue Monday morning to see if barricades were still up after a protest Saturday night and that’s when he saw the white hoods and took the photo.
State Capitol Police arrested Williams later that day, charging him with misdemeanor littering for allegedly putting the hoods on the statue, the News & Observer reported.
He responded to the paper in a pair of tweets: “The News & Observer accusing me of some kind of false flag conspiracy is certainly a take,” the first tweet said, following by: “utter f–king dipshits.”
In yet another tweet, Williams suggested the hoax wasn’t a hoax — he did reportedly tell the News & Observer he found the white hoods on the statue.
And there’s this:
The Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy was vandalized back in 2015, during the height of the violent Black Lives Matter movement.
Women of the Confederacy Monument on the NC Capitol Grounds defaced with "Black Lives Matter" pic.twitter.com/WpuM5kga4Y
— New Raleigh (@NewRaleigh) July 21, 2015
The story comes on the heels of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime, being attacked by two white Trump supporters, only to be arrested after an extensive investigation and charged with staging the hoax attack.
Damning evidence suggests that Smollett hired actors to stage the fake crime, paying two Nigerian $3,500 to pull it off.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 17, 2019
Though it appears that the two men have something in common, as Smollett is also declaring his innocence — to be fair, Williams didn’t actually say he was innocent, but he is asserting that is was not a “false flag hate crime.”
What both incidents do confirm is the gullibility of the media to jump on stories that push a racist narrative. Some would argue that it goes beyond gullibility, as the media has a similar agenda.
One thing is certain, given the platform Smollett was granted to broadcast his claims, the media provides plenty of motivation to generate stories to their liking.
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