In 1994, as I watched Susan Smith — who also ruthlessly murdered her own children and then blamed it on some mysterious, non-existent, black marauder — cry for the cameras and beg that her missing pre-school aged sons be returned to her…I was holding my own beautiful, tiny, premature infant son in my arms and blissfully nursing him as I watched NBC Nightly News. As cameras flashed and people gasped, I turned to my then-husband and, with a face and voice as bland and flat as Kevin Spacey in ANY AND EVERY FUCKING PART HE HAS EVER PLAYED, simply said, “SHE’S LYING.”
And so it was when I heard about this EVIL MOTHERFUCKER’S CLAIMS that two black teenagers just came up, demanded money, and then, as she watched, shot her baby in the face in his stroller, killing him. I cannot tell you how I knew, but I knew: SHE, TOO, WAS LYING.
The true horror and injustice of this story is not just that she murdered her own child, nor just that she blamed that murder on these two young black men. No, the true horror is that the world was, sight unseen, SO FUCKING READY AND EAGER TO BELIEVE IT. SO ready and eager to destroy the lives of these two young men and their families…because, as young black men in our culture, their own lives aren’t worth much to begin with. I cannot even imagine what their own mothers must be going through.
FUCK THIS EVIL, RACIST, INFANTICIDE-COMMITTING MONSTER…and ALL WHO ARE LIKE HER.
And I RAGE.