A South Carolina mayor immediately proclaimed herself to be a victim of racism after finding her car defaced, but police had a more logical explanation after looking into the incident.
Darnell Byrd McPherson, mayor of Lamar, South Carolina, quickly assumed she had been the victim of a hate crime after finding a yellow “sticky substance” painted over her and her husband’s cars recently, according to Newsweek.
McPherson told the media that the substance “got in all of the grooves” of the autos that were sitting outside the couple’s home.
“My husband went out to the car to get some things out of the garage,” the mayor told Newsweek. “He says, ‘Somebody’s painted your car!’”
McPherson added that a neighbor also alerted her to the substance.
The incident caused her to assume she had been a victim of a hate crime.
“I likened it as a hate crime because No. 1, there’s a history in our town of Lamar,” the Lamar mayor said. Read more.