When 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes was gunned down in a drive-by in Texas last month, the community mobilized “an army” to find the “white man in a red pickup truck” the girl’s sisters described as the shooter.
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King posted a $100,000 reward and police put out a sketch of the suspect, described as a white male in his 30s or 40s driving a red truck. The community held a “Justice for Jazmine” rally where activists pushed the narrative the crime was racially motivated, which drew national attention and more than $80,000 in GoFundMe donations for the family.
ReThinking Schools, a network of racially focused teacher-activists, pointed to the manhunt to promote its “Black Lives Matter At School National Week of Action.”
“Last weekend, a 7-year-old girl named Jazmine Barnes was gunned down in a racially motivated attack by a white man in a red pickup truck,” ReThinking Schools wrote in a promotional email Sunday. “Jazmine dreamed of being a teacher. As the list of African Americans murdered because of the color of their skin grows, we call on educators to make commitments to teach social justice, anti-racist curriculum and foster student conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement.”
There was only one problem: the suspect isn’t white, he’s black.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced Sunday that police arrested Eric Black. Jr., a 20-year-old black man, as one of two suspects in the case. The other, another black man named Larry Woodruffe, is already in jail on drug possession charges.
Black allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle involved and led police to the gun used in the shooting, at his home. He allegedly told police the two mistook the vehicle for another and Woodruffe opened fire with the 9mm pistol when they drove by.
According to the Houston Chronicle:
The suspects were in a rental car, no the red four-door pickup truck initially described by police as seen in surveillance footage near the Walmart before the shooting. Gonzalez said he believes the witnesses were sincere and if anything, the girls may have been describing the truck driver they saw at a traffic light.
“We do not believe in any way that the family, as we’ve said from the beginning, that they’ve been involved in anything nefarious,” Gonzalez said. “It just went down very quickly. The gunfire erupted. We’re talking about small children. They witnessed something very traumatic. It’s likely the last thing they did see was indeed that truck and the driver of that truck.”
Barnes was riding to the grocery store with her mother, LaPorsha Washington, and three sisters to get supplies for breakfast on Dec. 30 when a vehicle pulled alongside the car and the gunman opened fire shortly before 7 a.m.
Washington, 30, was struck in the arm and attempted to drive her bullet-riddled vehicle to the hospital, but was forced to stop because of flat tire. She called 911, but Barnes died of a gunshot wound to the head before first responders could arrive, according to the news site.
The other three girls were not seriously injured, and they described the white man in the red truck at the scene, which convinced the family the shooting was racially motivated. U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, Shaun King, ReThinking Schools, and area Black Lives Matter activists then amplified the hate-crime narrative.
What more can you tell me about Robert Cantrell?
He was arrested in Houston hours after Jazmine was murdered on another violent crime spree.
We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent asshole and always has been.
Just tell me everything you know. pic.twitter.com/7p1XAku1cd
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 4, 2019
“Do not be afraid to call this what it seems to be: a hate crime,” Jackson Lee told folks at the rally, according to The Daily Caller.
Police credited a tip forwarded to investigators by King last Thursday for breaking the case, though both King and Gonzalez both seemed to have continued to push the theory of a white suspect on social media for days afterward, according to the news site.
King posted to Instagram on Sunday that he received the tip on Jan. 3, “but the sheriff and I both just could not make sense of it.”
“Gonzalez retweeted posts as recently as Saturday of a composite sketch of a white man who was initially sought as a suspect in the case,” The Daily Caller reports.
Investigators are still looking for the white man in the red pickup, though they now believe he was likely a witness that sped off to avoid harm.
ReThinking Schools, meanwhile, is forging ahead with the “Black Lives Matter At School National Week of Action” set for next month.
“Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition of educators organizing for racial justice in education,” according to the promotional email. “Last year, during the 2018 week of action, thousands of educators in more than 20 cities participated to affirm the lives of black students. Educators taught lessons about structural racism, Black history, and anti-racist movements during the week of action and beyond.”
The “demands” of the Black Lives Matter At School group include the replacement of school discipline with restorative justice, more black teachers, mandated black history and ethnic studies, and “fund counselors not cops in schools.”
The group offers materials from ReThinking Schools that are “NOT white-washed, scripted curriculum,” but rather BLM-approved resources “for educators determined to make classrooms sites of resistance to racism and anti-Blackness,” according to the email.
Those materials include titles like “What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party – but Should,” “Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom,” “ReThinking Ethnic Studies,” and “Teaching for Black Lives.”
It also includes a “National Black Lives Matter in School Week of Action Starter Kit” that lays out the “guiding principles” teachers should focus on – diversity, globalism, transgender affirming, queer affirming, collective value, black villages, unapologetically black.
All ReThinking Schools materials follow the same anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish political perspective promoted by far-left radicals including Howard Zinn, Bill Ayers, the Black Panthers, and many so-called “Democratic Socialists.”
Here’s the real kicker. You won’t believe who the featured speaker at the @Innocence Project’s annual conference is this year. The theme is “The Presumption of Innocence.” Yes, the keynote speaker is…serial false accuser Shaun King. https://t.co/JQOQRfkgex https://t.co/w5hNv21eGX
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 6, 2019
And while racially focused educators spread their message to students across the country, Shaun King will be preparing to address attendees at The Innocence Network Conference in Atlanta in April.
The Innocence Network helps to fight for people who are wrongfully convicted.
Ironically, the theme for this year’s event is “The Presumption of Innocence.”