- Posted October 22, 2012 by
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Is it worth it?
Living in rural USA, and as a resident of a small southern town and still living in neighborhoods characterised as the "WHITE and BLACK folk section of town "I can say that I wasn't totally surprised by the incident that occured on Sunday in Winnsboro. Louisiana. A black female 21 years old was reported being set on fire with lighter fluid and matches causing 3rd degree burns over 90% of her body. The victim was then airlifted to a major burn center in a nearby city. Reports states three unidentified white male are being blamed for this incident.According to the reports the victim was targeted because she was wearing an Obama tshirt.. I searched the Internet as well as watched the area news channels and never found any coverage related to this at all. Again I watched the area news thinking it would be a "BREAKING STORY" to no avail and it wasn't until this morning....may be 10 second coverage only on the news. It seems incidents in southern rural areas are always pushed under the rug or cold cases . We don't live far from Jena, Louisiana where The Jena Six caused a major separation in the communities. Winsboro and nearby rural towns feels this was a hate crime and the coverage that it deserves isn't being done due to racism. I was just wondering how the media will cover this and what means they will use for damage control. The election in 2008 with Obama versus Cain was very tense but this presidential race has caused more hatred then I ever thought..