Has the quest for victimhood finally reached Peak Stupidity?
I thought we were there or at least close when we learned of actor Jussie Smollett writing a personal check to the two guys he hired to stage a fake assault he could portray as a “hate crime.” But then I came across this story.
Darnell Byrd McPherson, Mayor of Lamar, South Carolina, reported to police that someone had vandalized both her and her husband’s cars by spraying them with an unidentified substance.
It was a ‘grainy substance’ like industrial spray foam used to patch concrete and ‘looked like little pebbles’, McPherson said.
In a statement to WPDE-TV before police investigated the incident, the mayor said: ‘During the 70s, crosses were burned in the yard of our home when my mother was involved with the civil rights movement.
‘Again, we are grateful the person or persons did not try to take our lives but the culprits will be identified and prosecuted.
‘Love conquers hate and my husband and I refuse to be intimidated by those who perpetrated this act of vandalism which I classify as an act of hatred.’
First, I understand how having your car vandalized would ruin your day. However, I don’t think it is in any way equivalent to having a cross burned in your front yard. This kind of hyperbole serves no purpose other than to enhance McPherson’s victim status.
Second, some lowlife who is going to resort to spraying your car to express his twisted outrage is probably not a serious threat to your life. The story notes that when the incident occurred the cars were parked in the street near the mayor’s driveway. Which means it could have just been a random act of stupidity rather than a personal attack. But there’s no victimhood in that.
Police investigating the incident quickly determined that the substance covering the cars was pollen.