Did a Group of White Men Set a Black Woman on Fire For Wearing an Obama t-Shirt? [Update]
Sharmeka Moffitt, who is black, was taking a walk on a local trail when she was set on fire.
WMBF News reports:
According to the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sharmeka Moffitt was on a walking trail in a city park when she was attacked. It happened about 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
She was taken to a hospital in Winnsboro and then transported to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.
After the initial reports, this case went viral on social media, with many people saying that a group of white men associated with the KKK attacked Moffitt because of her support for Obama. It was initially reported that the woman was wearing an Obama t-shirt at the time of the attack, but the sheriff’s office insists that the woman was not wearing an Obama shirt.
Even though police do not yet know whether Moffitt’s attack was a hate crime, this would not be the first time support for Obama resulted in violence.
President Obama’s Denver campaign office were shot recently while people were inside working. And there are also pictures circulating on the web of people having their Obama signs riddled with bullets.
With the right wing on edge, and becoming more unhinged as we draw closer to the election, it pays to be careful and cautious. Even though we don’t know what triggered the attack on Moffitt, it can’t hurt to take extra precautions.
Louisiana state police have taken over the investigation of Moffitt’s attack.
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