It was a shocking story that we covered last week on Inspiring Day, All Cute All The Time, and Faith, Family, America: The senseless, early-morning murder of a sweet seven-year-old girl named Jazmine Barnes. She was struck in the head by one of the bullets while she was riding in the backseat of a car driven by her mother, LaPorsha Washington. Sitting next to her were three of her sisters, all clad in their pajamas.
At the time, the only clues as to the identity of the shooter was an eyewitness account, from which a police artist drew a sketch. The suspect was described as a 30-40-year-old white male in a red pickup truck. He was seen speeding away from the scene shortly after the shots rang out.
The media immediately jumped in to proclaim that the shooting of an innocent black girl by a likely white supremacist was more of the same sickening racist targeting that they claim the current President is the poster boy for.
Activist Shaun King stoked the fires of racial unrest by insinuating that the ‘hate crime’ was caused by Donald Trump’s America, also falsely accusing a man of the murder of the seven-year-old.
The media ran with the narrative, others repeating what he said and adding their own little tidbits for good measure. Now, after two black suspects have been arrested, some are desperately trying to walk back from the accusatory words they were so sure of just a couple of days before.
20-year-old Black, Jr. and 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe are now under arrest for capital murder.
Celebrities like Susan Sarandon, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde also jumped on the bandwagon, some more subtle in their accusations than others.
“The murder of Jazmine Barnes is more than a tragedy, it is an inconsolable loss for the Barnes Family. A loss which didn't need to happen. This violence is unacceptable. I send prayers to them & urge anyone with information to email @shaunking at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Shaun King, himself, tried to justify his conclusions with a new narrative to excuse his jumping to racially-motivated concussions:
“Let me tell you the story of the red truck and how it came to be the focus of the investigation. Two men, in a completely different vehicle, pulled up and shot and killed Jazmine Barnes, shot her mother, and injured her sisters. Jazmine and the girls were still in pajamas.
"Her mother and the girls never saw the shooter. They heard the shots, saw that Jazmine was shot in the head, that her mother was shot, and then looked up and saw this red truck with a white man driving it peeling off. THREE separate eyewitnesses, each credible, who also heard the shooting, also saw this truck speeding off.
"I spoke with each of them. They also assumed the white man driving it fired the shots. A brave man even followed the red truck in his own car and got a good look at him. A tow truck driver also saw the truck and got a look at him.
"In the meantime, the two men that actually shot and killed Jazmine drove off in a completely different direction through the neighborhood. They each later claimed that they thought they were shooting someone from a rival gang. Yes, they did it. No, they weren’t framed. It just took several days to solve it.”
However, even after all the race baiting, King did play a prominent role in bringing the real killers to justice.
Police relied heavily on a tip King received to hone in on the shooters, even though the description of the man in the tip bore no resemblance to the artist’s sketch of the supposed perpetrator.
So. What do you think? Was the entire earlier narrative just an honest mistake, based on the best information they had at the time? Or was it something more? Perhaps an opportunity to somehow, albeit obliquely, blame resident Trump for another ‘racially-motivated ‘hate crime?’
You be the judge. More is sure to come out in the days ahead. In the meantime, please continue praying for the little girl's family and for all the hurt that is being felt today.