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Black man sets himself on fire at National Mall

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One day after a woman was shot and killed for erratic behavior at the U.S. Capitol, a man set himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

According to reports, two men walked near the National Gallery and one set up a video camera on a tripod. While one man filmed, the other grabbed a can of gasoline and poured it on himself. The man then grabbed a lighter and set himself on fire.

The man burned until two joggers approached him and used their shirts to help extinguish the flames. However, some witnesses say people filmed the incident on their cell phones instead of helping the burn victim.

By the time firefighters arrived, the man suffered burns over 80 percent of his body. He eventually died from his injuries. The man who shot video on the tripod fled before authorities arrived.

It’s believed that the burning was a planned protest. Authorities are unsure if the incident was in response to the government shutdown.


  1. kathy on October 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    This is reminiscent of the Vietnam war protests. Sad commentary on the state of the nation. Thanks, Republicans! (Sacrasm intended).

    • Faithful Sentinel on October 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      What does this have to do with Republicans? That’s one heck of a leap. Perhaps he set himself on fire because his 7-month pregnant girlfriend had a “late-term” abortion? Or, maybe his mother was told to take the blue pill rather than being offered surgery for her broken hip.

  2. Arthur McDonald on October 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Either way, it would’ve been less of a tragedy for the child in that car, if her mother had her tires shot out, or something. With the police firing into the car, they could’ve hit the child. Thankfully, the child is unharmed, but though the woman apparently had suffered from episodes of extreme paranoia, her preservation would’ve been a better testament to the men and women of law enforcement, than to have another case on their heads with many asking the question, “would this have happened if she were not black, or latin?” No matter what, it’s a sad situation, and those who remember the days of widely socially-acceptable violence towards people of color (not saying I was there then) may themselves feel a sense of helplessness in this day and age where blacks, latinos, mixed people, and whites who marry people of color, are all still victims of violence based on a surrounding yet underlying theme. And just like the monks that made the same protest over in Asia, he felt the need to cry out. I don’t believe that suicide, or any form of violence is EVER good, but I can understand WHY this man felt he was doing what needed to be done…in the wake of all that many of us: black, white, yellow, brown, and red, still strive to overcome, and move forward as equals.