A phantom black assailant (1920s- ) is an imagined black person who is blamed for a crime, most often by a white American who is trying to cover up the truth about himself. This has been going on since at least the 1920s.
1923: Fannie Taylor – covered up a violent love affair with a white man by saying that it was a black man who had beat her up. As the story spread, rape and robbery were soon added. Whites burned down the nearby black town of Rosewood, Florida. At least six blacks and two whites were killed.
1994: Susan Smith – said a black man took her car at gunpoint with her two little boys still in it and drove it into a lake. It turns out she was the one who drove the car into the lake to kill her sons.
2008: Joseph C. Vignola, Jr – said he was having sex with a call girl when a “light-skinned black man” burst into the hotel room and cut her throat. But it was Vignola who cut her throat, taking back his money and leaving her for dead.
2008: Ashley Todd – said she was robbed at gunpoint at a bank machine by “six-foot-four African American of medium build, dressed in dark clothes wearing shiny shoes”. When he saw the McCain sticker on her car he cut a B on her cheek and said, “You are going to be a Barack supporter.” Police noticed the B was backwards: she had done it to herself using a mirror.
2009: Bonnie Sweeten – hoping to disappear with money she took from her employer, called the police to tell them that she and her nine-year-old daughter had been forced into the trunk of a car by two black car thieves. The police found her and her daughter – at Disney World!
2010: Robert Ralston – himself a police officer, said a black man with “cornrows” and a “mark or tattoo under his left eye” put a gun to his head and wound up shooting him in the shoulder. After a huge manhunt the police found the shooter: Ralston himself!
2010: Bethany Storro – said that a black woman came up to her outside of a Starbucks and asked, “Hey pretty girl, want something to drink?” and then threw acid in her face. But it was Storro herself who put acid on her face.
Worse than the lies themselves is how readily they are believed.
Apparently to white people it is reasonable to expect a black person to:
- Hold a gun to a policeman’s head.
- Kidnap or kill children to steal a car.
- Appear out of nowhere to hurt white people they do not even know – with no apparent benefit to themselves.
This comes from the black brute stereotype – blacks as having a violent, savage, immoral nature that they have a hard time controlling. Particularly true for big black men. A fear whites have had since the 1870s shortly after blacks were freed from being slaves. In fact, though, most crime against whites comes not from blacks but from other whites and is done for all the ancient, all-too-human reasons.