Jemele Hill argues GOP lawmaker’s strict response to fake kidnapping claim is racist: ‘White women continually lie…’

A race-hustling former ESPN personality got herself trending after cherry-picking preferred fault with legislation proposed in the wake of a kidnapping hoax.

Looking at the world through woke-tinted glasses, contributing writer for The Atlantic Jemele Hill rolled out some fairly predictable takes to recent events. In particular, she saw fit to attribute racist intentions to an Alabama lawmaker aiming to bolster penalties for future kidnapping hoaxes after nursing student Carlee Russell was charged with false reporting.

“She’s already been charged and will likely have to pay restitution. Zero problem with that. What I’m saying is, this lawmaker is being overzealous because the Black woman was at the center of this hoax,” Hill claimed on X with no supporting evidence. “I promise you had she been a white woman, nobody would be introducing a law to strengthen the laws about lying to the cops.”

The take had been in response to news that state Sen. April Weaver (R) intended to file legislation early in 2024 that would see “severe penalties for…deceptive actions” taken by those convicted of hoaxes like the one Russell had been charged with.

“During the recent hoax carried out…significant monetary and human resources were used at the local, state, and federal levels to resolve this fictitious event, and numerous volunteers donated their time in record-breaking heat to search for the reported victim,” the lawmaker’s statement read in part, as reported by WSFA’s Erin Davis.

Of course, pushback to Hill’s take was met with the same disregard for facts as she posted, “Ok, I’ll play along, where is the Susan Smith law in North Carolina? Where are the laws that strengthen lying to police when we have seen white women continually lie when they call the police on Black people for just existing in the spaces they don’t want us in? A white woman just lied in California about being kidnapped by two Latino people and it turns out she’d spent 3 weeks with an old boyfriend … where’s the new law?”

On the matter of Smith, Crime Online detailed that she is currently serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole come Nov. 2024 after she had been found guilty of first-degree murder of her 14-month and three-year-old sons.

As for the case in California, Hill seemed to miss the fact that the state legislature has remained dominated by far-left activists for some time and that her issue should really be with them for not having the same reactionary legislative response that Weaver demonstrated.

“I don’t know why some people don’t understand that marginalized people often carry the water for white supremacy. More than half of white women voted for Donald Trump despite the fact he told them he was taking away their reproductive rights. There are Black police officers who revel in the same anti-Black actions as others. This ain’t hard,” she argued after it was pointed out that Democratic state Rep. Juandalynn Givan supported the call for stricter laws.

As she began trending for her takes on the hoax legislation, Hill fired off another remark against one of her detractors, writing, “You have a problem with either reading, comprehension or both. Point to me where I said it was racist to call out her clearly wrong behavior (here’s a hint: I did not). She’s been hit with multiple charges and likely will have to pay restitution — again, what she deserves.”

“But I just think it’s funny how an Alabama Republican lawmaker suddenly wants to create legislation to upgrade faking a kidnapping a felony. Where is this energy when Black folks get the police called on them or arrested based on lies?” she asked.

Of course, that didn’t stop anyone from continuing to point out her own biases.


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