It’s always both saddening and frustrating when a widely touted racial injustice is exposed as a hoax. Not because people were fooled into outrage, but because it goes to prove that there are some people in the world who want there to be racism.
Such a recent hoax case came from Kalya McKelvey, an activist associated with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Last year, she participated in a racial protest showing solidarity with students at the University of Missiouri at her alma mater, Kean University. According to the police investigation, she left the protest half-way through, headed down to the library, and created an anonymous Twitter account to target black students with threats of violence.
She then returned to the protest and spread awareness of the threats, which led to the school being put on high alert.
She quickly learned that actions have consequences, and that inciting racial tension maaaaay be breaking the law.
In a surprise move, a Kean University graduate accused of sending Twitter messages threatening black students on campus appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to the charge.
In exchange for her plea, the prosecutor’s office will recommend she receive a 90-day jail sentence, Park said.
McKelvey, who is black, must also agree to pay $82,000 in restitution for the police response and investigation of the threats.
It’s going to take a lot more than a $15 minimum wage to pay that debt off.
Whenever I wonder why people like this exist, a quote from freed slave Booker T. Washington comes to mind. In his 1911 book My Larger Education, he propheticdally wrote:
I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
I’m pretty sure he’s looking at you, Kayla.
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