I'm mainly posting because I think the story sounds fishy and I predict that we will find out within a week or two that it is a hoax. I doubt she burned herself on purpose - if we ever get an answer, it will be that she was accidentally burned by fellow protesters with Molotov cocktails. Hate crime probe underway after black woman says she was burned by lighter fluid and flame thrown by white man Althea Bernstein told police she was driving near the Capitol about 1 a.m. Wednesday and had stopped at a red light with her driver's side window down. Bernstein, 18, told police she heard someone yell out a racial epithet, looked around and saw four white men. One sprayed liquid on her face and neck and threw a flaming lighter at her, she told police. Bernstein said she pulled forward, put out the flames and drove home where her mother encouraged her to go to the hospital. She was treated for burns. Hospital staff believe the liquid was lighter fluid, police said. . . . The assault came amid a night of violence Tuesday that included the toppling of two statues outside the Capitol and an attack on a state senator. A group of 200 to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man after he shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. Someone also threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside. The violence prompted Gov. Tony Evers to activate the National Guard to protect state properties. What makes me skeptical is: 1. It's a very unusual kind of crime for white people to commit. Reverse the races and I would believe it, because it would be a kind of crime we sometimes see black-on-white, but 4 white males attacking a black female randomly and using fire? Not likely. 2. she claims they threw an accelerant on her through her open driver's window, but the burns just don't look right to me. More like a flash burn from...let's say a molotov cocktail breaking too close to her face 3. Hate crime hoaxes are in the air. 4. She was coincidentally downtown among protesters throwing Molotovs Anyhow, I'm getting out front, 'cause this is the internet and I want to say I told you so.