A white woman on social media has apologized after falsely claiming a 9-year-old Black boy groped her.
“Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry,” Teresa Klein told TV reporters after watching surveillance footage that showed the child’s backpack brushing up against her backside — his hands in plain sight — as she leaned over a Brooklyn deli counter.
Klein appeared to be calling the police on cellphone video captured by a Brooklynite who posted it to Facebook with the message, “Make this go viral. Meet Cornerstore Caroline.”
“I was just sexually assaulted by a child,” Klein said on the video, appearing to be on the phone with a 911 operator.
The boy burst into tears.
“Don’t cry, little man,” Jason Littlejohn, who posted the video, tells the boy.
Onlookers, some recording on cellphones, quickly came to the child’s defense outside the deli in the racially mixed Flatbush neighborhood.
“The son grabbed my ass, and she decided to yell at me,” Klein says in the video, referring to the child’s mother.
After Klein appeared to complete her call, another white woman confronted her.
“What is your problem?” the woman told Klein. “I’m calling you out. You’re calling the police on a child. Go away!”
In another widely reported incident of racial bias, a white woman was fired after video shows her blocking a Black man from his condo.
D’Arreion Toles was blocked from entering his apartment by Hilary Brooke Mueller.
Toles arrived at the entrance to the building where he lives in St. Louis only to find himself blocked by a white neighbor who demanded he prove he lived there.
“Please move, ma’am,” Toles says in a video he recorded of the encounter, which shows the woman with her dog on a leash standing in the doorway at the condominium complex.
But Mueller refused to move as she continued to ask Toles what unit he lived in and to see his key fob. When he declined to tell her, she remained in his path.
“If you want to come into my building —” she begins to say in the video.
“It’s not your building. You’re not the owner,” Toles says, getting past her. “Excuse me.”
Toles posted videos of the episode on his Facebook page, which quickly spread on social media.
Mueller’s employer, Tribeca-STL, which manages real estate elsewhere in the city, said in a statement on its website that it had reviewed the video and fired her. Tribeca does not own the building where Toles and Mueller live.
Both women were widely ridiculed on social media after viral videos of the incidents became the latest examples of whites confronting Blacks or calling the police on them for seemingly trivial reasons.
The cure for these racially biased false claims is exposure and to increase the consequences for making false accusations.
If there are no consequences for lying about crime, false accusations will continue to ruin the lives of innocent people.