The mayor of a South Carolina town thought that the mysterious ‘yellow, sticky substance’ on her car was evidence of a hate crime. She was very, very wrong.
On February 7 at around 10 pm, Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd McPherson called the police to report that a ‘yellow, sticky substance’ had been sprayed on her 2017 Symphony Silver Hyundai Elantra Sport and her husband’s soft-top 1998 Buick Roadmaster. She added that the mysterious sticky, grainy residue ‘got in all the grooves’ of her husband’s car.
The volunteer Mayor of the small town issued a statement about the incident to WPDE-TV before the police investigated the possible ‘hate crime’.
She says that she initially thought it was pollen.
The incident happened last night. Even though I drove my car today, I thought it was pollen. My husband and our neighbor noticed the cars looked like someone had spray painted on both our vehicles, which were parked in our front yard.
As an aside, during the 70s, crosses were burned in the yard of our home when my Mother was involved with the civil rights movement. On this very same corner in this very same front yard!
Again, we are grateful the person or persons did not try to take our lives but the culprits will be identified and prosecuted.
Love conquers hate and my husband and I refuse to be intimidated by those who perpetrated this act of vandalism which I classify as an act of hatred.
Someone should tell the mayor that as horrific, hateful, and anyone with half a brain would unreservedly and immediately condemn the racist cross-burning on her lawn — that happened over 40 years ago. Times have changed rather drastically since then.
Earlier that evening, Mayor Byrd McPherson had gone to a meeting in Hartsville, about 22 miles from Lamar, and didn’t notice anything on her or her husband’s car when she arrived home. It wasn’t until her husband went outside a few hours later that she was alerted to the strange substance covering her car.
Newsweek reported that McPherson had returned to her home and claimed her husband “went out to the car to get some things out of the garage. He says, “Somebody’s painted your car!.”‘
It was a ‘grainy substance’ like industrial spray foam used to patch concrete and ‘looked like little pebbles’, McPherson said.
Mayor McPherson said that when her husband and her neighbor rubbed the substance with their fingers, it wasn’t paint at all, but could be wiped off, ‘like pollen’.
That’s exactly what it was.
Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Robby Kilgo explained that an investigation was opened to determine what the substance was on both cars.
‘We found it to be pollen,’ Kilgo explained in an interview with Newsweek. ‘There was no reason for us to collect a sample.”
The police report included that the Sergeant and Deputy investigating the incident came to the ‘immediate conclusion’ that the substance was indeed pollen. However, because Mayor Byrd McPherson believed it to be a hate crime, it was reported to the state — the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for further investigation.
The Mayor stated that there had been an increase in hate crimes and that legislation was being put forward to address the issue.
‘Due the suspicion from her of it being a hate crime, we couldn’t say no,’ he said.
The report added that the mayor also had “a possible suspect in mind at the time” of the incident.
Source: Daily Mail
Imagine being Mayor Byrd McPherson, living in that same house for her entire life and believing pollen was evidence of a hate crime. She even admitted that she thought it was pollen. She also had a ‘possible suspect in mind’? Who was it — Mother Nature?! The ‘Bad Orange Man’? She was willing to implicate an innocent individual because of the big specter of racism that she believes is no better now than it was the 1970s.
Fortunately, this wasn’t a hoax like the Jussie Smollett incident, and the mayor was just mistaken. But look at how quick she was to believe that someone had done this simply because of her skin color.
The United States has moved leaps and bounds in just the last few decades with regard to race relations. It’s only been post-Obama that Americans are feeling that racial tensions are rising again. Which is weird, right? You’d think that the first black president would heal some of those old wounds, which admittedly were still kind of fresh. Instead, he stoked divisions, turned on the police without waiting for evidence, and pushed the idea that systemic racism is still a problem in the U.S. as opposed to condemning individual incidents of racism.
That wasn’t exactly the kind of ‘Hope and Change’ that we were looking for.
by Doug Giles
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