Bethany Storro (c. 1982- ) is a white American woman who made news across the country when she said that a black woman she never met before threw acid in her face outside a Starbucks on August 30th 2010.
She appeared on television and told her story, her head completely covered in white bandages with just holes for her eyes and mouth. She said that but for the hand of God she would have been blind – just 20 minutes before she had bought a pair of sunglasses, which saved her eyes. Letters and money poured in.
And on the Internet ugly, racist comments against black women poured out: “hang the baboon from a tree” and so on.
Storro said that at 7:15 pm she was walking into a Starbucks in Vancouver, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. A black woman came up to her and said, “Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?” Storro noticed the woman had “this weirdness about her – like jealousy, rage.” Storro said no and the woman threw the drink in her face. The acid burned into her skin.
She told this to the police but thought they would do little. Wrong: they stretched their force thin, spending hundreds of hours looking for the assailant:
- They stopped and detained black women for questioning. No luck.
- They talked to witnesses who saw her fall down and scream. No one saw any assailant.
- They went to the shop where she bought the sunglasses: there was no record of such a sale.
- They talked to the doctor at the hospital. He said the acid was either poured on or rubbed in, not thrown at her face.
Even after she was caught in her lie many continued to feel sorry for her!
She is a liar and a thief: She spent $1,500 of the $28,000 she tricked out of well-wishers, some of it on “stuff at Target”, some of it on the $620 she owed for a laser peel she had done on her face earlier in August.
She faces three felony charges as a thief and could get up to five years in prison.
As to the whole phantom black assailant thing, that needs a post of its own. This is merely the latest example.
Since Storro was lying she had to make her story believable – which means she thinks white people believe:
- Blacks appear out of nowhere and hurt white people just to be cruel.
- Black women have a violent hatred for white women because of their pretty looks.
Jill Tubman of Jack & Jill Politics offers this rule:
If a random, shocking and unusual crime happens to someone or their kids and they blame a random black person who came out of nowhere, can we all just suspend belief enough to investigate?