Hate crime hoax
A hate crime hoax is a staged crime intended to gain a hate crime enhancement, usually for the purposes of gaining victimhood, sympathy, or celebrity status. It can also occur to assist fundraising efforts for an organization.
A common element in hate crime hoaxes is that no perpetrator is ever arrested. Leftist mainstream media often sensationalize hate crime hoaxes as symptomatic of some underling social condition that only a particular political party or piece of legislation can address. Another common element of hate crime hoaxes is public shaming of a group outside of a legislatively defined protected group.
Examples of hate crime hoaxes
It was found that despite the number of real anti-Trump attacks, many "pro-Trump" attacks were found to be hoaxes. The U.S. saw many fake "hate crimes" after the 2016 election, with the vast majority of them being staged by liberals to falsely frame conservatives. While the media frequently gives large coverage to these hoax hate crimes, treating them as real, it does not give that coverage to actual hate crimes against conservatives.
- The Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax. Smollett evidently was intending to get a payraise or possibly his own TV talk show.
- The Al Sharpton/Tawana Brawley hate crime hoax. Sharpton was rewarded with an MSNBC show and national leftwing celebrity status after having successfully participated in the hoax.
- Duke lacrosse case.
- Michigan LGBT hate crime hoax. Nikki Joly, an LGBT activist who was once named by the local Jackson City newspaper as "Citizen of the Year," set fire to his own home in a hate crime hoax.
- CDTA Bus Fight Hoax or State University of New York at Albany bus attack hoax. In January 2016, two black and one Hispanic female University at Albany (SUNY) students (Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio) gained national attention when they accused 10 to 12 white men and women of harassment and assault and that "racial slurs were used by the perpetrators" while riding a public CDTA bus.
- The hoax triggered campus protests. The three were eventually indicted by a grand jury and arraigned for "10 misdemeanor charges, including assault, attempted assault and false reporting, along with a violation for harassment." Furthermore, the university expelled Agudio and Burwell and suspended Briggs for two years.
- Agudio and Burwell faced up to two years in jail for false reporting conviction but were sentenced to three years' probation, 200 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine when they were found guilty of two charges out of the original eleven. Briggs accepted a plea deal from the district attorney's office of community service in exchange for a public apology.
- NYC anti-Muslim subway hoax. In December 2016, Yasmin Seweid, a student at Baruch College, claimed she was attacked on a New York City subway by three white men who tore the hijab from her head while yelling "Donald Trump" and anti-Islamic slurs. Shortly afterwards she was charged by the New York City police department for filing a false report and eventually admitted to it.
- Toronto hijab hoax. In Canada, an 11-year-old girl reported that a man twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors as she walked to school with her younger brother. Her story captured international attention and public condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory. Trudeau said,
"My heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion. I can’t imagine how afraid she must have been, I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is, that is not who Canadians are… We are better than this."Even after the police reported the incident never occurred, Trudeau doubled down on fearmongering:
"We have seen an unfortunate pattern of increased hate crimes in past months directed towards religious minorities, particularly towards women, a warning sign of increased intolerance."
- The Laramie Project. Matthew Sheppard was allegedly killed in a hate crime, whereas recent evidence has shown Sheppard was a methamphetamine dealer and was killed in a drug deal gone wrong.
- 2018 Midterm election hoax. A gay black Obama campaign worker was arrested for painting "Kill all Jews" on a Brooklyn synagogue days before the 2018 Midterm elections.
- Multiple references:
- Facebook Live attack the latest in string of anti-Trump assaults. Fox News. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
- Huston, Warner Todd (May 5, 2017). Another Hate Crime Hoax: Church Organist Admits He Vandalized His Own Church with Trump and Nazi Slogans. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
- Parke, Caleb (December 27, 2017). Hate crimes and hoaxes: 10 campus stories debunked in 2017. Fox News. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
- Corsi, Jerome (January 18, 2018). New Phenomenon of “Fake Hate Crimes” Creates Perplexing Problems for Law Enforcement. The New American. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
- Multiple references:
- Andy Ngo. Twitter. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
- Giaritelli, Anna (February 18, 2019). Jussie Smollett case the latest in long line of hoax racist attacks. Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Hasson, Peter (February 18, 2019). Here's a List of Hoax 'Hate Crimes' in the Trump Era. The Daily Caller. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- Lapin, Tamar (February 21, 2019). The list of bogus ‘hate crimes’ in Trump era is long. New York Post. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
- Kirsanow, Peter (February 27, 2019). The Hate Crimes in Trump’s America Narrative. National Review. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
- Gomez, Christian (April 3, 2019). Hate Hoaxes: Rise of Fake “Hate Crimes”. The New American. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
- Kirk, Charlie (March 1, 2019). Charlie Kirk: Media Ignores Real Hate Crime When the Victim Is Conservative. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- "UAlbany women who claimed bus attack kicked out of school", Times Union. “Their accusations gained national attention, but they have since been charged for making the story up and in fact starting the fight.”
- "UAlbany expels students indicted in hate crime hoax", Washington Times, May 6, 2016. “The women grabbed national headlines”
- "University Expels 2, Suspends 1 Accused of Lying About 'Racial Attack'", NBC News, May 5, 2016. “The women, who are African American, claimed they were harassed and assaulted by 10 to 12 white men and women on a city bus just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 30 and that racial slurs were used by the perpetrators.”
- "Two SUNY Albany students are expelled after being indicted for 'faking race hate attack' and assault while a third is suspended for two years", The Daily Mail, May 6, 2016. “The women's initial report of the incident led to national outrage, a massive campus rally”
- College students punished after claiming racial attack.
- Expelled UAlbany students get probation inhate crime case.
- Mele, Christopher (December 14, 2016). Muslim Woman Made Up Hate Crime on Subway, Police Say.
- Until it was found to be a hoax, Toronto girl's hijab made news, not the attack on her, National Post, 15 January 2018.
- Tennant, Michael (November 5, 2018). Brooklyn Synagogue Vandalism Suspect Is Liberal, “Queer” Black Man. The New American. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
- Hate Crime Hoax, Wilfred Reilly, 2019
- Interview with Dr. Wilfred Riley, Professor of Political Science at Kentucky State University
- fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa. www.fakehatecrimes.org/
- Crying Wolf: Hate Crime Hoaxes in America by Laird Wilcox, Editorial Research Service, 1994