Amanda Knox is living well and enjoying every moment of her freedom, even a full decade after she was acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. She spends a lot of time interacting with her many fans online, and seems to take great pleasure in playing her very prominent role as a misguided prosecutor. However, there is something else floating above the Amanda Knox saga that deserves attention – and that is the work of Patrick Lumumba.
Patrick Lumumba was the owner of a bar in Perugia at the time of Meredith Kercher’s death and was briefly known to Amanda Knox as her part-time manager.
When Amanda was arrested for questioning over the gruesome death of her roommate, the first thing she did was point the finger at Patrick, even going so far as to place him at the scene (in his apartment). Patrick Lumumba is an innocent man who was never in Meredith Kercher’s house and had no reason to be there. Amanda Knox has long been suspected of falsely accusing Lumumba to divert attention from Rudy Guede, who was eventually arrested as an accomplice of Amanda and her former lover Raffaele Sollecito.
There was absolutely no evidence or probable cause to arrest Patrick Lumumba, but because he was black and a Congolese immigrant, the Italian police relied solely on the whiny accusation of Amanda Knox, a white woman.
Lumumba was arrested and spent two weeks in jail, while his business suffered and his reputation collapsed as a result of Amanda’s false accusations. During Patrick’s two weeks in prison, Amanda had many opportunities to tell the authorities the truth, but instead of honesty, she chose self-preservation. It’s a common theme in historical cases of white women falsely accusing black men of violent crimes, but this self-perpetuating dishonesty only earned Amanda two weeks.
Lumumba was eventually released and declared completely innocent – but at a tragic cost. He was forced to close his business and had to make unnecessary changes in his life as a direct result of Amanda’s lies.
Ten years later and no excuses
Amanda Knox has not publicly apologized for falsely accusing a black man of this heinous violent crime.
She never held herself responsible for the damage she caused to the lives of Lumumba, his wife and their children. She never publicly compensated Patrick for the damage she caused. Patrick Lumumba has repeatedly stated publicly that Amanda Knox ruined his life and that her status as a rich white American allowed her to throw him in jail and have such devastating control over his life in the long run.
Furthermore, Amanda never reached out to the black community and apologized for directly benefiting from the racist system. She is gaining popularity and has become very influential on social media and in the public eye – yet this white woman has never spoken out about her harmful behavior towards people of color.
What Amanda Knox did by falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba is what white racist women have been doing for a long time. Black men have been murdered in the past for lying to white women. Even the woman who falsely accused Emmett Till came out and apologized to her family. Why can’t Amanda Knox do the same?
It still happens to innocent blacks every day
When Amanda Knox falsely accused Patrick Lumumba of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007, she exhibited problematic behavior that continues to harm our community. When a white woman falsely accuses an innocent man of a crime, it is a historically racist power play. Black men and children have died because of this behavior, and they are still at risk because of the selfish, legitimate, and in fact violent mentality of people who do not risk being killed by police.
A recent case that highlights this kind of racism is the viral story of Amy Cooper, who called the police about a man who asked her to walk his dog while they were both in the same park. Cooper was so angry that a black man asked her to obey the rule in the park that she pulled out her cell phone and called 911 twice, telling police that Christian Cooper (no relation) had attacked her. Of course, Christian Cooper never assaulted this woman, and he was lucky that his cell phone was off during some of his escapades.
Another case that shows what happens when a white woman falsely accuses a person of color of a crime: A man named Ronnie Long was released last year after serving more than 40 years in prison for a rape he did not commit.
A white woman misidentified him in a lineup, and that’s all the authorities and prosecutors needed to throw him in jail. Fortunately, he was released and acquitted of a crime he didn’t commit, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a victim of a system that is constantly exploited by people who have racism at their core.
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