by G. Brown
A New York firefighter is facing arson charges after allegedly setting his own home on fire and then tried to frame Black Lives Matter as being behind the blaze.
Fire fighter Jason Stokes initially told investigators that his Endicott home was targeted because of the “Blue Lives Matter” flag that he had flying outside in front of the house. The message “lie with pigs, fry like bacon” was also graffiti-ed on the outside wall of the house.
After a brief investigation, fire officials determined that Stokes scrawled the message on the outside of his own home as part of his elaborate plan to cover up his crime and blame Black people. Investigators and fire officials said,”Stokes set his own home on fire on August 10th while his wife and two teen aged children were in the home”. Officials also said they found ” gas cans, full gas cans and other containers full of flammable material placed throughout the home.” Officials said those flammable canisters scattered around the house made getting out of the fire and trying to extinguish it “an obstacle course” and that it was a very dangerous situation.
Stokes was charged with a felony count of second-degree arson and could face up to 25 years in jail if found guilty. Even though he’s already allegedly confessed to setting his home on fire thus endangering the lives of his family, neighbors and fellow fire fighters, with the current atmosphere of White privilege that seems to be enveloping the nation, the fire fighter will probably get a slap on the back of the hand. There is apparently no such issue as White on White crime. Sadly, he created a story blaming Blacks which is all to believable to some and patterns Susan Smith who killed her children and blamed a cartoonish caricature of the “big Black man who did it”… or the slave master’s wife screaming rape when she’s caught sleeping with the Black man.
Even though Scott took advantage of the hate mongering atmosphere created by the presidential campaign before the election, since the election cities are reporting an even bigger increase in the number of hate crimes. According to CNN, “The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation…in the 10 days after the November 8 election.” The article also says the problem was widespread with incidents popping up everywhere from “schools,…places of business like Walmart” to the street.
Some of TRN’s own readers have posted comments about racially-motivated confrontations leading up to the election and many blame Trump for “fostering xenophobia and Islamophobia during the divisive presidential campaign.“(CNN.com)
While the number of reported racial incidents seems to be declining, the fact brings little comfort. People may be on holiday for the Christmas season, but can we expect to see an all time high of such outright racist behavior closer to inauguration day when Trump officially assumes the post of president.
The mainstream media isn’t helping matters by gingerly referring to White supremacists and racists as “alt-righters” and “conservatives”. When Black people riot like in Baltimore because of injustices they’re called “thugs”, “animals” and other berating names. So why are Whites who are behind some despicable behavior aimed at Blacks, Latinos and Muslims only called “conservative”. The incoming president who created this mess addressed it in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes”saying “If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it“. “Stop it” is what you tell a 3-year old when he’s misbehaving, not what you tell hate-filled, gun-toting racists when you’ve stoked the flames of “make America great again” with promises of deporting millions of immigrants and building a wall to keep other immigrants out.
What do you think…is this just people feeling emboldened by a Trump win and it will eventually die down? Or is this just the tip of the iceberg and we can expect 4 more years of people committing crimes against themselves and blaming Black folks?