HATE HOAX: Minority Woman Charged with Carving ‘White Pride’ Outside of Tennessee Gym
A brown-skinned woman has been charged with vandalism after being accused of carving “white pride” into the sidewalk outside of a business last week.
Mahagany Teague, a 41-year-old woman with brown skin and an unclear ethnicity, allegedly vandalized the sidewalk outside of the DC Fitness gym in Johnson City, Tenn. She was arrested on Tuesday and booked in Washington County Detention Center where she is being held on $1,000 bond.
Derrick Carson, the African-American owner of the gym, received a huge outpouring of support from the community after the incident occurred last week.
“It hit me in the heart more than anything,” he said when he talked to NBC WCYB 5 about the vandalism.
“I started to lose some of the anger and some of the hurt, and then it kind of went out the person like ‘what would have them out this early in the morning in the cold,’ to where they were disheveled enough to want to scribble in front of my door,” Carson added.
“I think the support from everybody else made him feel like ‘they’ve got my back, there’s no reason to let this get me down or let this to get any of my employees, members, trainers, none of us,'” said gym manager Kandra Scott following the ordeal.
They set up a GoFundMe in an attempt to cash in on the hate hoax after the fact. They have raised nearly $1,500 based off of the guilt fomented by the incident. It is unclear whether or not the owners of the gym set up this hate hoax in order to gain sympathy and money from the community.
If that is in fact the case, it would not be the first time that a business owner allegedly set up a hate hoax in order to play the victim and rake in dough from those manipulated in the aftermath by media coverage:
A Canadian family stands accused of committing a hate crime against itself, attacking its own business with anti-Semitic graffiti.
“Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48, and Maxim Berent, 29, have all been charged with public mischief after telling Canadian officers swastikas had been drawn on the walls of their restaurant,” according to Daily Mail.
The family owned the BerMax Caffé in Winnipeg.
All three told police that one of the owners was assaulted while alleged neo-Nazis busted into the store and graffitied the walls. The story turned out to be completely false, with police calling it “the most brazen” hate crime hoax in the city’s history.
With the fake news media always willing to run with these types of stories, the hate hoax industry will continue to boom in the age of Trump. Playing the victim can be a very lucrative racket in a world where diversity is considered a strength.