Thursday, November 12, 2009

Racially-motivated crime?

Or lame harassment? You decide.

The Bexar County fire marshal's office is investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a South Bexar County mobile home early Thursday morning, hours after three paper crosses were set on fire in the front yard.

So far, officials are investigating the mobile home fire and the cross-burning incidents separately, according to Ino Badillo, spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Badillo wouldn't say whether the incident is being considered a hate crime, or religiously or racially motivated.


Neighbors reacted skeptically to the claim that the fire was racially motivated. Local residents said the area was typically calm.

“We don't have a problem with racial stuff around here,” said Vickie Shultz, a neighbor. “Everybody out here gets along. This is a quiet place.”

(from the Express-News)

Paper crosses? That's what leads me to believe that someone has it in for the owner of the burned mobile home (personally, not racially) and is trying to make people think it's racially-motivated. After all, if you live in a quiet neighborhood and can get your neighbors to think it was some bad, if inept, Klansman that did the deed, then they're not going to suspect you. Are they?

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