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Washington Woman Falsely Accuses Black Woman of Throwing Acid On Her Face Out of Jealousy

Avatar • Sep 17, 2010

I received this interesting email from a reader this morning;

Hi Leila!


This doesn’t have much to do with hair, but I wanted to call your attention to this story.


A Vancouver, WA woman won the sympathies of America over claims that on August 30 a black woman walked up to her and threw acid on her face. Turns out she made the story up and had actually threw acid on her own face.


What may seem like a harmless description reinforces stereotypes. In this case the fictitious black woman walked up to the victim and said “Hey pretty girl. Want something to drink?” before throwing acid on her face. This description insinuates that the black woman was for whatever reason maybe jealous of this white woman’s beauty? I may be going too far with that assumption, but it’s worth discussing.

Click HERE for a story on black women’s reactions to the attack accusations.

The 28-year-old ‘victim’, Bethany Storro, received worldwide support after the alleged attack and even booked a spot on the Oprah Winfrey show (that spot has now been canceled).

What are your thoughts? Does this play to the old stereotype of black women being jealous of white women?

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Nikki
10 years ago

It’s ironic that when I saw the drawing of the ‘acid assailant’ I thought that she was quite attractive! It was only after that I saw the heading of the picture and the story that followed. I agree with the person who wrote in, it means something when someone who could think up this ploy would choose a black woman to be their ‘assailant’. I look forward to further comments.

Shones
10 years ago

In another tidbit of interesting news, the guy who created the Facebook page in support of Bethany is a white supremacist.

Christy Hyman
Christy Hyman
10 years ago

Say word? Okay… Nothing new tho…seems that adds a layer of urgency whenever white folks are victims to black inflicted crimes. But as usual the more priveleged race recognized their position and used it to further their own agenda. Not surprised at all. But this week in honor of the so called “jealousy” that my sisters apparently feel towards the Eurocentric beauty ideal.. I will rock my BIG ASS FRO all week. Real talk. Peace sistas…one day we will be free of the struggle.…

aiych
aiych
10 years ago

I immediately went to that line of thought when I saw the initial story. To be real, with the surge in “black women can’t get a man” stereotypes, the rise in black male-white female relationships and just the general sidelining of black women when it comes to ideas of beauty, it did not surprise me at all that she chose black women as her target. As if she was thinking “They’re jealous of white women and everyone knows it, everyone will believe me if I say I was attacked by a black woman who was jealous of my ‘beauty’ ”. The… Read more »

shantafabulous
shantafabulous
10 years ago

When this story first broke and they showed the drawing and I assumed the “attacker” was white. I had no idea she was suppose to black or that anything was said to the “victim”. This is madness.

cassadie
10 years ago

It reminds me a lot of the story right before the 2008 Presidential Election when a white woman claimed that a black male attacker held her down while carving a “B” (for Barack) in her cheek with a knife. It quickly turned out to be a hoax, especially since the B turned out to be backwards (aka. she did it to herself in a mirror). Sure its a story perpetuating a sterotype of black women being jealous, but the reality is that there are a lot of people that will go to crazy, deceitful lengths to ensure that blacks retain… Read more »

Steph
Steph
10 years ago

Once I found out about the hoax, I immediately thought about the “black woman” thing, too. I’m glad I’m not the only one offended by her choice of assailant.

Jasmyn T
10 years ago

all I have to say is: Really Oprah? Smh, come on now. What would’ve been the reason she would’ve been on the show? WHY did she need to be on the show? What’s she trying to imply about this lying chick’s situation?

Shanika
10 years ago

I don’t know if makes me think that a black woman was jealous of her looks but it just frustrates me that she chose to blame it on a black woman. It reminds me of when Susan Smith had claimed that it was a black man that had drowned her children. I think when they accuse someone of color they think it will be more convincing to the public, I guess? Just a thought.

Kee
Kee
10 years ago

Bethany has been quoted as saying that she saw “jealous rage” in the black womans eyes as she threw the acid.
I knew she was not telling the truth when she said that.

carmen
carmen
10 years ago

eff that..somebody’s needs to whip this b##% @ss

copelli
copelli
10 years ago

I don’t think that black women are jealous of white women’s beauty AT ALL. That idea never even entered my mind. Black women have no reason to be jealous.…our beauty is just as diverse and bountiful.

Anyway.…beauty is subjective.

copelli
copelli
10 years ago

I don’t think that black women are jealous of white women’s beauty AT ALL. That idea never even entered my mind. Black women have no reason to be jealous.…our beauty is just as diverse and bountiful.

Anyway.…beauty is subjective.

Oh, and P.S: This chick is crazy! When do white people stop being so gullible and abandon the assumption that a black person accused is the same as a black person, convicted perpetrator.

Sheesh!

Drea
10 years ago

I think it plays on the stereotype that black people in general are criminals. When I read the article (b4 the truth came out) I was thinking, “Darn another black person breaking the law.” Anyway, I mad she lied.

Rasta Locs
Rasta Locs
10 years ago

This story most certainly feeds into the myth that masses of jealous Black women are roaming the streets harassing, threatening, and obsessing over white women and their “beauty”. I for one am sick of it. I am tired of seeing white women with Black men who cringe as I walk by and then the man pulls the woman closer as if I am even concerned about them. It is their BEHAVIOR not their race that caught my eye, child please! This false report hyped up ill informed white women, ignorant teens, obnoxious Black males, and racist old farts who wrote… Read more »

Leo the Yardie Chick
Leo the Yardie Chick
10 years ago

I knew something was off when I saw the post-‘attack’ photos. The acid preferred by such attackers wouldn’t have left her with those superficial burns…and sunglasses wouldn’t have saved her.

Effing lying trollop.

Michelle
Michelle
10 years ago

This kind of story turns on white people of the baby-boomer generation. I swear, they are programmed with a different “micro-chip” of some sorts than people born in later years. Even if the story were true, which it sounded ridiculous in the first place, why would this be a black-white issue and not a crazy person issue? I can not believe how much attention this lady is getting..it’s 2010…wow.

Rasta Locs
Rasta Locs
10 years ago

@Drea When a white person commits a crime it is an individual act. But when a Black person commits the same crime it is a condemnation of an entire Race.

binks
binks
10 years ago

Every time I hear about this hoax, it makes my blood boil because that is just a damn shame. First, because she lie about something so horrific and serious, then she has the nerve to blame someone regardless of race. It goes to show you that stereotypes are alive and well, especially black people as supposedly criminals and that black women are jealous, envious, or this that or the other. I mean please, can’t speak for any other black woman but I’ am sure as heck not jealous of white women’s beauty. Beauty can be found in every race. I… Read more »

Jc
Jc
10 years ago

The thing that fascinated me most about this story is the reaction of residents. One lady saying she avoided tying her hair back and wearing khaki shorts just in case she was mistaken for the ‘assailant’. It is quite sad that we often don’t think as a community when we should and we often think as a group when we shouldn’t. Why in the world should the handful of black residents in this community decide to label themselves as victims and yet they are totally blameless? The lady is confirmed to be mentally ill so I for one refuse to… Read more »

Aritul
Aritul
10 years ago

Drea, I thought the same thing. I am unbelievably relieved that the attacker was not black and I do think that Storro should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

What??
What??
10 years ago

@Jc.… Woooow. I don’t even know where to BEGIN with your misguided statement. First off, you do not live in the United States. You do not live in Washington. One of the articles pointed out that THERE ARE FEW BLACK WOMEN in these areas. So the few there that match the bogus description WERE ALL SUSPECTS! Are you familiar at all with the United States police force? More often than not they arrest first and ask questions later — ESPECIALLY when it comes to blacks. These women did not “victimize” themselves, they were put in the UNCOMFORTABLE and AWKWARD situation… Read more »

What??
What??
10 years ago

Meant to say “Black men and black women tend to marry interracially.”

Crystal Chris
Crystal Chris
10 years ago

IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE. SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST IGNORANT. WHO SAYS THAT BLACK WOMEN FEEL LESS THAN BEAUTIFUL COMPARED TO WHITE WOMEN? I DONT BELIEVE THAT AND MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS DONT FEEL THAT WAY EITHER. WHITE WOMEN TAN THEIR SKIN ALL THE TIME AND YET NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AMERICA!

Crystal Chris
Crystal Chris
10 years ago

MOST BLACK WOMEN THAT I KNOW ARE MARRIED TO BLACK MEN. SO WHY IS THERE ALL THIS TALK ABOUT INTERRACIAL. ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE MARRIED TO SOMEONE BLACK. I HAVE A BLACK FATHER, GRANDFATHER, UNCLES ETC.. AND THEY ARE ALL MARRIED TO BLACK WOMEN. SO WHY ARE THEIR STILL STEREOTYPES ABOUT BLACKS NOT MARRYING THEIR OWN RACE. ITS WRONG AND IGNORANT!

BlaqueInfinite
10 years ago

Actually, she still received a lot of support even after they figured out it was a hoax. People are f*cked.
@JC your comment is totally backwards.
Peace.

Stephanie
Stephanie
10 years ago

I think what is more sad is that she splashed it on her own face. Now, she has a messed up face. Kind of vain how she would blame it on someone else.

Tonia
Tonia
10 years ago

This story bothers me for soooo many reasons but the ending does not surprise me. Susan Smith, the lady who claimed that she was kidnapped by black men when they found her in Disney land with her child a few years ago are just a few examples of blacks being the boogieman in the closet.Why would she throw acid in her face and then blame a black woman? Plain crazy. The crazier part to me was that the newscaster/commentator was feeling sympathy for her after the hoax was revealed. What would have happen if some innocent black woman was arrested… Read more »

Andrea T
Andrea T
10 years ago

Well, I don’t want to jump all over JC because she probably doesn’t know what happens here when a white person accuses a black person of a crime. Yes, we’ve had false accusations from our side, but they are treated with much more skepticism, and more importantly, white people who are accused of crimes don’t get profiled. Some very prominent cases in the U.S. in the past two decades resulted in the civil rights of many black men being violated. Charles and Mary Beth Stuart, where the husband shot his pregnant wife in the head and superficially wounded himself. He… Read more »

Afrika
Afrika
10 years ago

“…the rise in black male-white female relationships and just the general sidelining of black women” — aiych Here we go again. Scroll down a few pages to the post about how the writer’s natural journey made her appreciate black men. Read the comments. Most of the black women who left comments are in or in support of interracial relationships with non-black men. Isn’t it funny how when a black man is in a relationship with a white woman, he is sidelining black women and he’s also suffering from “self hate”. When a black woman dates someone outside her race, she is… Read more »

EbonyLolita
10 years ago

Maybe it’s just me but when the story broke I sideeyed this chick. I’m TOTALLY NOT SURPRISED that it proved to be a hoax. She garnered the sympathy of many b/c her “Before” pictures contradicts the look of her B.S. assailant. Black ppl are always the scapegoats of whites in terms of “angry black ravenous man” and “bitter black woman” There was less coverage on this being a hoax then it being exposed as a lie. We need to start a FB page of LEAVE BLACK FOLKS ALONE W/YOUR LIES/STEREOTYPES b/c this has BEEN utterly ridiculous since then to now. *Sigh*… Read more »

adrienne
adrienne
10 years ago

I knew something was off with her story from jump because there are hardly any Black ppl in Vancouver, WA and any Black person accused of a crime there would have been picked up with a quickness.

Alicia
Alicia
10 years ago

I’m just glad they found out it was a lie BEFORE they “found” the suspect. There are barely any black people in Vancouver to begin with, so I can understand how some of the black women there would be a bit nervous about fitting the description of the supposed suspect. Police have arrested mand of ‘us’ that fit the description in the past, and I fear that it would have happened again in this situation. The girl is mentally ill, I mean, she’d have to be to throw acid on her face, but I don’t think she should get a… Read more »

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
10 years ago

Black people are 12% of the US population. Yet “anonymous assailants” are a significantly higher proportion. This isn’t the first case of blaming a black bogeyman/woman. How many black people are incarcerated or executed because they are black? This is injustice of the highest order. I hate it. My black sisters and brothers, what can we do to address this?

bettie
10 years ago

I’m of the opinion that this ‘black women jealous of white beauty’ trope, is only in the minds of non-black individuals. We as black women are sort of touted to be the opposite of white women in terms of looks and femininity in general, and it seems that the idea of being opposite of whiteness automatically means black women are unattractive and therefore, we must be jealous. (harsh side-eye) My main issue with this story is that people overuse the terms ‘mentally-ill’ and ‘ignorant’. These are just excuses. There are plenty of mentally ill and ignorant individuals who don’t do… Read more »

aiych
aiych
10 years ago

Afrika: you have misread me entirely and bashed me because of it. What I am saying is that because of the media attention on BM/WF relationships (they way they have made it seem like some big phenomenon) and the way they push the idea of the “jealous” and “angry” black woman, it didn’t surprise me that this Storro chick would say that a jealous black woman did that to her. That’s what some people believe about us and that is likely to garner a reaction from the public. and I said the sidelining of black women when it comes to… Read more »

aiych
aiych
10 years ago

I also believe that she was trying to do some kind of chemical peel. The substance was said to be applied, not splashed. If it was applied, I doubt she would’ve sat there while it burned her up as she was applying it. It was probably something that she put on her face, let sit for a while, and then it burned her. Also the burn marks are in a the shape of a mask with the most severe burns in areas that would’ve likely had heavy face-mask-substance application. I believe she is just vain, not mentally ill at all.

VV
VV
10 years ago

@JC- as a fellow Brit I can see that you are not aware of the fact that race relations are not the same in the UK as they are in other countries. i.e. America is essentially founded upon racism and inequality still prevails in the USA. In the UK however racism is much more discreet and people like to act as though things are equal when they are not. None of the articles that I read about Bethany mentioned that she had a mental illness. Let me not digress. The fact that she claimed the attacker said ‘hey pretty lady’… Read more »

VV
VV
10 years ago

@afrika- aiych wasn’t endorsing bw-wm relationships. She was simply stating that black women have been demonized by society to the extent that ‘our’ own men no longer deem us dateable. I think the double standard that you mention actually lies in the fact that society projects the notion that its okay for bm to marry interacially, but not black women.

Jc
Jc
10 years ago

For the anon commenter going as What? I am well aware of the deeply ingrained race issues in USA. I have never stopped saying and will never stop saying to everyone I meet that the only option (yes really the only option) is to always rise above. As Mandela said in his book which I really think everyone should read…we should live our lives not ordinarily but rather with a vision of ideals. In an ideal world the mention of one albeit fictious black woman would not send an innocent woman to change her habits. In an ideal world, we would… Read more »

Lady J
10 years ago

I think it’s funny because the stereotype is that we are jealous of white women when in fact I think they want to be like us. They tan their skin, inject their lips, hips, and butts, and adopt our culture whenever possible. And what kind of woman has those features naturally? Women of color. It sounds to me like you want to be like us just as much as we try to look like you (women with perms)
http://jayswonderland.blogspot.com

Ferris
Ferris
10 years ago

@JC I got the idea it was an acne treatment gone wrong that she had daubed onto her face. the pattern of injury was consistent with this. There is no evidence of her throwing acid onto her face. There is also no medical diagnosis as far as I have read regarding her having a mental illness of any sort and as her parents stated she did not show any signs whatsoever of any mental illness prior to this acid burn incident. It’s also disconcerting to see her mother apologising to “all the communities involved” but not directly saying the black/african… Read more »

teachermrw
10 years ago

The situation perpetuates the stereotype that Black people are evil and devious. Sad that this continues to be true in 2010, and that even people like Oprah fell for it, rather than investigate the situation.

Mary
Mary
6 years ago
Reply to  teachermrw

As a black woman, why would oprah want to interview this woman in the first place.

maria
maria
10 years ago

As a black person from Britain i have to say i’m a little embarresed by jc’s comments. Anyone would think that there’s no such thing as racism in these parts, there’s no such thing as racial profiling and no black man or woman has been wrongly accused of doing any white person wrong. Can you not see how this would bear on our communities? Did you ever hear of the nun in England who claimed she’d been raped, describing her attacker as a black man with locks. It turned out that she was trying to cover up a drink problem… Read more »

China
China
10 years ago

I got the impression from the snippet I read that Bethany was an attention seeking oddball to do what she did and the implication seemed to indeed be that the black woman was jealous of her, it goes with the e‑fit being almost bald. I feel that JC maybe did not know that this was within a community where black people are a minority and come under suspicion because the ‘victim’s’ plight went national and had the community rallying around her. This story doesn’t reflect anything on white people or race relations. It sounds like one nasty, conniving individual who… Read more »

Chizzy D
10 years ago

Over on my blog, some people have decided you fight this issue,contacting the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor’s name is John Fairgrieve in Portland, Ore.Letting him know that this type of behavior is highly offensive to bw and there needs to be an apology and punishment for subjecting black women to criminal issues.

http://blackwomenfb.wordpress.com

kiki
kiki
10 years ago

I won’t make it a black white issue except for the fact that who would believe that someone who looks like her could possibly hurt her. I think she picked someone who is the exact opposite of who she is or better yet of who she wished she could be. We as black women face a lot of diffrent blocks in our road. But I as a black woman know without a doubt that women of colour (other than white) have natural beauty no matter how beautiful they are it is not on a level that they can achieve. Period.… Read more »

Oyan
Oyan
10 years ago

.“VV” @afrika- aiych wasn’t endorsing bw-wm relationships. She was simply stating that black women have been demonized by society to the extent that ‘our’ own men no longer deem us dateable. I think the double standard that you mention actually lies in the fact that society projects the notion that its okay for bm to marry interacially, but not black women. ——————————————————————- Agree with all in your post ‘W’, and would add that society especially supports bmale ir when/if the bm is wealthy; I would also say that imho, society is not so much ‘ok’ with bm marrying interracially, but suggests… Read more »

At_ease
At_ease
10 years ago

I immediately thought oh here we go again! The bitter black woman, with nothing more to do than be angry and hate everybody. Goodness it’s a stereotype so old. The whole being jealous of beauty did not occur to me until after but I can see how that would be a conclusion that makes sense, especially if the person who started the page is a white supremacist.I mean if the story really did happen it would be horrible. The fact that it was made up and a black woman was chosen as the perpetrator reveals assumptions our society has which… Read more »

Aiyo
10 years ago

First off I am from the Uk and experiece racism if JC can’t seem racism that is just JC experience not mine and many other black brits. I wish people would stop saying this woman is mentally ill she knew exactly what she was doing. Looking at her face it looks like something was applied to her face instead of poured a chemical peel gone wrong. Some has even stated that she went to a plastic surgeon weeks earlier but was broke. Other reports said that the woman’s sister is married to a black man. She was using her white priviledge fully to… Read more »

Jolie-LDN
Jolie-LDN
10 years ago

I heard how the whites love Oprah and my uncle said when the whites say you are doing something right that means you are doing something wrong lol its funny how people don’t see this story as race hate however its ok to label every black for a lie SHE IS NOT MENTALLY ILL she knew what she was trying to do if she said it was a white woman the story would not have got any coverage … I LIE? Maybe someone can explain why most of Obama’s legislation gets no vote from the republicans = Racist Rats! … its because… Read more »

Electra
Electra
10 years ago

Lol let’s say this idiot really is mentally unwell. So? Does anyone really think that a person could be in their right mind while raping, murdering, dehumanizing, humiliating and mutilating another person? Because that’s what the vast majority of white slave owners did to their black slaves for hundreds of years all over the world. Were those disgusting excuses for human beings not racist? Given: to be so cruel and psychopathic to a group of people bc of their skin color is quite mad. Also given: white slave owners were racist. Why is there any confusion about little miss Acid Face?

Rochelle
Rochelle
10 years ago

I’m a gorgeous black woman, and I have no reason to be jealous of the way another woman looks…whether white or black. I simply do not care about interracial relationships. If a black man prefers a white woman opposed to black women, then I’m not going to get worked up about it. My black husband loves me dearly & love him. So that’s good enough for me. I read that the lady visited a plastic surgeon but could not afford to get any work done. This could all be a selfish scheme to get the attention of a plastic surgeon to… Read more »

M
M
10 years ago

No, not really. I don’t think it plays into any stereotype. However, it says more about the fake victim than it does her fake attacker or black women. And strangely, her “attacker” is quite stunning in a nonconformist way. Maybe this is who the “victim” really wants to be? Slightly off topic, but I guess race is relative. I wouldn’t describe the woman in the picture as black. She could be part black, but she looks racially ambiguous (sp?). The same goes for the victim. I would describe her as ethnic white, as in not Anglo or what I think of… Read more »

E
E
9 years ago
Reply to  M

I agree with you M.… I actually think that they both look Hispanic. ( I am Hispanic so hopefully no one takes this comment as an insult). I also agree that the attacker is stunning (both actually).

I am eladed that no one was falsely accused of this crime and pray that the “victim” gets help from herself!

aJwitaFrO
10 years ago

I don’t understand why people will literally do ANYTHING for attention (and money) these days, why would you throw acid on your own face just to get attention? I do agree that she was obviously playing on black stereotypes to try and make her story seem more believable. I wonder how they found out she was lying.

Nikki
Nikki
10 years ago

I’d heard about this but I didn’t know she said the fake attacker said Hey pretty girl want a drink. It reminds me of when that woman drove her car into the lake to kill her two kids and then blamed it on a black man. These lunatics make up these bogus allegations because they think people will believe them. The news and media already makes us look like immoral scary people so of course some black person throwing acid on a person she didn’t know is just another drop in the bucket and it seems completely plausible. Something like… Read more »

toni
8 years ago

BLACK FOLKS PROTECT YOURSELVES THIS IS INSANE.

Amiya
8 years ago

I TOTALLY agree with Nikki 100% when a black child for example gets raped or kidnapped or whatever the case you see it once or twice on the news. But don’t let it be a white child they show the story all damn day. It just shows that racism clearly still exists after all this time, and they wanna put black people under the bus, and to be viewed in the worse way. I’m beautiful black teen female and I never once wanted to be white or have envied them. Just last week I shaved all my hair off to… Read more »

Alice
Alice
6 years ago
Reply to  Amiya

Wait…white people exist?!

Love yourself.
Love yourself.
4 years ago
Reply to  Amiya

Amiya, I salute you! Tell ’em girl, black, beautiful and proud.
Yes, like she said sit ya’ll (flat) as* right down.

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

Yes, It does play to stereotypes to answer your question. If you go back in history, our ancestors were racially profiled and the victims of false allegations. They were not to be trusted because our skin color was different. This country was built on racism so racism can’t go away that fast. This country was built on lies, construction, manslaughter and bigots. Yes, there has been great inventions but for a grown woman to humiliate another woman and bring false allegations on her in national tv is very low. That was disrespectful; all she said was,“Hi, pretty lady.” what’s wrong… Read more »

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