A few days ago, I blogged briefly about the story of Precious Story, a young white woman allegedly killed by her black boyfriend and his brother. My post focused on local black residents' prediction of how whites would react and what her murder would mean for race relations.
Last night, we got a partial answer. My niece called me around 11:15 and began the conversation with, "Another white girl is missing." "Do you have to say it like that?" I asked her. "Yeah," she said, "Because they over here kicking folk's doors down and stuff."
From what I've been able to piece together, a 16-year-old girl had been expected home by her parents after work yesterday. When she didn't show up, they went looking for her. Her father and male relatives went to the home of her black ex-boyfriend and kicked the door in.
Now, I've heard that they were armed, but I cannot verify that.
Shortly after I got off the phone with my very irate niece, my best friend, Vivian, called.
"So, that's how it's going to be? Every time a white girl is late, they coming to the black part of town kicking in doors?" She was angry, too.
"Hell, no," I said. "That better not be how it's going to be."
We talked for a minute it and she ended the call with, "When her ass shows up at school tomorrow, I'll call you."
So, she called me a few minutes ago. Turns out, the girl wasn't at school, but neither had she been abducted, nor had she run off with the ubiquitous evil black boy.
She'd fallen in her backyard, into a shallow old well, and couldn't get out.
Her father had been at the school in this morning turning in her books and taking her out of the predominantly black high school. His only explanation--he and his wife are old-fashioned.
"Wait," I asked. "How is he at the school? Why he ain't in jail?"
""The police said there's nothing they can do."
I knew she must be joking. She swore she was not. The local police hadn't done anything (though they did show up last night). So now, the boy's mother is going to the parish police.
To which both of us said, hmmph.
I'm guessing this won't be in any of the local papers, so I wanted to document it here.