White Men Light Black Teenage Girl's Face on Fire in Wisconsin

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It's been a month since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, and in a way, the Black Lives Matter movement seems to be disappearing from the headlines. A terrible attack on a black young girl is enough to remind us that racially motivated violence has never gone anywhere. Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old paramedic and student, drove her car in Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday when a group of white men set fire to her face.
"I was listening to music at a traffic light and then suddenly heard someone screaming the N-word really loudly," she said in an interview, according to Madison365. "I turned my head to look and someone was throwing lighter liquid on me. And then they threw a lighter at me and my throat burned and I tried to put it out, but I brushed it on my face."
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It was around 1 am and she drove to her brother's house. After the arrest of an activist, Yeshua Musa, Madison365 had launched new energy protests against Black Lives Matter in the city, although Bernstein said she had not participated.
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18-year-old Althea Bernstein says she was at a traffic light in downtown Madison at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday when four men shouted the N word, threw lighter fluid at them and lit it. She spoke to our @ robchappell365:
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She said her attackers were four white men.
"Two of them were all wearing black, and then the other two were wearing jeans and a flower shirt," she told the website. This is important in that right-wing counter-protesters wear Hawaiian shirts, a symbol of the white nationalist "Boogaloo" movement. The police check whether there are surveillance videos of the attack.
Bernstein said she experienced a "textbook" shock when she was able to put out the fire, drive through a red light, and go straight to her brother's house without feeling the pain on her face. Then she drove to the hospital.
"They pretty much had to scrub the skin, which was extremely painful," she said to Madison365. "I can't even really describe burn pain. I don't know how to describe it. It was terrible."
She may need plastic surgery to repair the damage these men have done to her face.
"It's totally unacceptable considering what's going on in this country," Michael Johnson, CEO of the Dane County Boy and Girl Club, told Buzzfeed News on behalf of the Bernstein family. "It's just unacceptable behavior that we just won't tolerate."
If you have seen GoFundMe pages set up for Bernstein, please note that they are not authorized. Bernstein said that she currently did not need financial support and had adequate health insurance.
She told Madison365 that she would rather support supporters who ignore the petitions. Support the movement. Support the lives of black people. "
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