Hate Crime Hoaxes
Jun 13th, 2012 by Unamused
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This webpage documents hate crime hoaxes since 1990. Note that the list is not nearly complete, and new hoaxes are exposed all the time. Furthermore, there are undoubtedly many more hoaxes among unsolved hate crimes, especially non-violent crimes (such as graffiti and other vandalism) and especially on college campuses.
Wherever possible, we have paired up the hoax crime with an actual, violent, racially motivated crime, from the same time or place, that attracted little attention from the mainstream media and so-called “civil rights” organizations because the victims (of the real crime) were white. [Still in progress.]
- Special: Hate Crime Statistics — the Greatest Hoax of All
- Mar 2012: “Anti-Hate Rally” after Lesbian Student Threatens Herself for Attention (Central Connecticut State University)
- Feb 2012: Vaguely Noose-Shaped Rubber Bands Prompt Multiple Hate Crime Hoaxes on Campus (University of Wisconsin-Parkside)
- Feb 2012: Black Man Mails Interracial Couple Noose and Pictures of Nicole Brown Simpson’s Corpse (Detroit, MI)
- Nov 2011: Assaulted by Muslim Woman Then Charged with “Racially Aggravated Assault” for Asserting Equal Rights (London, England)
- Nov 2011: Black Man Burns Cross in Estranged White Wife’s Driveway (Panama City, FL)
- Oct 2011: Lesbians Hang Noose and Spray-Paint “Kill the Gay” at Home (Parker, CO)
- May 2011: Black High School Student Threatens Black Classmates with Lynching (Birmingham, MI)
- Apr 2011: Black Law Student Fakes Assault by White Cops (University of Virginia)
- Apr 2011: Gay Student Fakes Branding (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
- Feb 2011: Another Black Man Fakes Another Assault by White Cops (St. Cloud, MN)
- Aug 2010: Asian Teen Threatens Own Family with Matches and Gasoline (Portland, OR)
- Jun 2010: Muslim Woman Falsely Accuses Cop of Removing Her Veil (Sydney, Australia)
- Apr 2010: Minority Student Hangs Noose in Library (UC San Diego)
- Apr 2010: Fake KKK Letter Advocates Terrorism, Intimidation, and Lynching (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Nov 2007: Black Firefighter Plants Rope and Drawing of Noose in Station (Baltimore, MD)
- Oct 2007: Jewish Student Draws Swastikas Around Campus (George Washington University)
- Oct 2007: Muslim Student Association Frames Conservative Student Group for Hundreds of Posters Titled “HATE MUSLIMS? SO DO WE!!!” (George Washington University)
- Sep 2007: Black Man Burns Cross on His Lawn Seeking “Sympathy and Money” (Anoka, MN)
- Nov 2006: Black Man Sends Threatening KKK Letters (O’Fallon, IL)
- Oct 2005: “Hippies” Led by Black Studies Major Frame “Typical White Male Bastards” for Assorted Slurs and Swastika (College of Wooster)
- Apr 2005: Black and Hispanic Students Removed from Campus after Threats by Black Student (Trinity International University)
- Mar 2005: Tiger Woods Concocts Childhood Assault by White Kids (Cypress, CA)
- Feb 2004: Black Students Distribute “White Supremacist Literature” (University of Louisville)
- May 2003: Black Seminary Student Vandalizes Own Pickup with Racial Slurs, Swastikas, and Death Threats (Arden Hills, MN)
- Nov 2002: Black Students Vandalize Dorm with Racial Slurs, Drawing of Noose, and “Vulgar References to Genitalia” (University of Mississippi)
- 2001: Arab Caught Faking Second Hate Crime (Arizona State University)
- 1999: Female Student Fakes Knife Attack During Sexual Assault Rally (University of Massachusetts)
- 1998: Lesbian Student Fabricates Beating and Cutting by Two Men (St. Cloud University)
- 1998: Gay RA Makes Up 3 Years of Hate Crimes (University of Georgia)
- 1997: Black Students Praised for Hanging Black Doll from Tree (Duke University)
- Dec 1996–Jan 1997: Black Woman Sends Hate Mail to Herself and Prominent Blacks in UPS Fraud Attempt (St. Paul, MN)
- 1990: Hoax KKK Letter Encourages Torching Blacks’ Cars (Minneapolis, MN)
Special: Hate Crime Statistics — the Greatest Hoax of All
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hate Crime Statistics Program (fbi.gov), the official source of hate crime data for the United States, constitutes the greatest hate crime hoax of all. Simply put, according to the Hate Crime Statistics Program, “Hispanic” is a victim category, but not a perpetrator category.
A racially motivated crime against a Hispanic person by a white person is recorded as an anti-Hispanic hate crime by a white person. But a racially motivated crime against a black person by a visibly non-white Hispanic person is recorded as an anti-black hate crime by a white person (fbi.gov).
Even more absurdly, a Hispanic person who commits a racially motivated crime against a white person is also considered to be white. As a result, in 2010, the FBI reported that 112 “white” people had committed racially motivated crimes against white people.
Hispanics are only Hispanic when they are the victims of hate crime; they become “white” when they perpetrate it. As a result, the Hate Crime Statistics Program is useless for tracking racially motivated crimes involving white perpetrators.
Consider: Hispanic gangs, which target blacks, account for “a large number of the most violent hate crimes” in Los Angeles County (latimes.com). In the Hate Crime Statistics Program, those Hispanic gang members are recorded as “white.”
Hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County fell to the lowest level in 21 years, fueled by major drops in vandalism and in gang-related crimes, particularly those by Latino gangs targeting African Americans, which had made up a large number of the most violent hate crimes.
“We’ve seen it decline now for three years in a row — the anti-black hate crime,” Toma said. “This precipitous decline, reaching lower than it was 10 years ago, is really heartening news.”
One reason for the decline is a decrease in gang-involved hate crime, Toma said. In the past, Latino gangs have been major sources of anti-black hate crime, according to the commission.
And gang-related crimes — particularly between Latinos and African Americans — were a significant part of violent hate crimes. Hate crimes in which gang members were suspects dropped from 80 in 2009 to 40 last year, although two-thirds of the crimes were violent assaults, according to the report.
Mar 2012: “Anti-Hate Rally” after Lesbian Student Threatens Herself for Attention (Central Connecticut State University)
“CCSU Police Say Student Faked Anti-Gay Notes” (courant.com):
The day Alexandra Pennell addressed an anti-hate rally at Central Connecticut State University about the anti-gay messages scrawled on her door, police had begun to question her claims.
Twice the video surveillance system placed in Pennell’s room to help police identify the person responsible for scrawling the notes had been disabled, in one case just before a note was slid under Pennell’s dorm room door.
Police say only after they set up a second camera in a hall closet — a camera that Pennell did not know about — did they learn the truth: Pennell had been writing the notes herself.
The 19-year-old from Trumbull has been thrown out of Central and barred from attending any state university for five years. She also faces eight felony counts of fabricating evidence, eight misdemeanor charges of lying to police, eight misdemeanor counts of filing a false police report and one count of making a false statement to police.
She told police she faked the notes to get her roommate’s attention with the hope that her roommate, Siobhan Dooley, would spend more time with her.
Dooley, who does not face charges, then gave police a copy of a letter Pennell had given her. In the letter, Pennell wrote that she started leaving the notes because she felt that all of her close friends were slipping away and that she also feared she was losing her girlfriend.
She continued writing and leaving the notes, she wrote in the letter to Dooley, because of the attention it brought her, especially from Dooley and another friend.
CCSU took Pennell’s claims of anti-gay harassment seriously, and on March 13, hundreds of students attended the anti-hate rally where Pennell spoke.
“All I have to say is that I’m not going to be run out of my home, and I will not be intimidated by hate,” she said at the rally.
Read more in “Lesbian college student ‘faked anti-gay notes left in her room’ that sparked rally against hate crimes” (dailymail.co.uk).
Feb 2012: Vaguely Noose-Shaped Rubber Bands Prompt Multiple Hate Crime Hoaxes on Campus (University of Wisconsin-Parkside)
“The Flaw in this Racial Hoax: She Spelled One Name Right — Her Own” (mindingthecampus.com):
Another racial hoax on campus surfaced this week, this one at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. WTMJ reported on Feb 2nd that a noose had been found in a residence hall on the previous afternoon, then threatening notes had been sent to the person who reported the initial incident the next morning, along with other African American students.
The university moved swiftly, with investigations and meetings involving UW-Parkside police, campus public safety officers, the “office of diversity and inclusion,” and the dean of students. The university claimed that “the individual who reported the first incident is cared for,” and administrators held meetings with 30 students “to hear their concerns.”
One day later, WTMJ recounted student reactions. One targeted student said, “I’m all cried out. I don’t know where to go from here.” Another said, “Oh you scheduled to die in two days. I don’t know where to go. I don’t want to go to class. I don’t want to graduate anymore. Why? Because I fear I’m going to die.” The school beefed up security and added five UW-Milwaukee officers to patrol the residence halls. Students had to start signing in and out of the dorms.
Then came this story two days later. A student confessed that she made up the threatening letters, although she says she had nothing to do with the original rubber-band noose. She carried out the hoax, she claimed, because the original threat, the noose, wasn’t taken seriously enough. (It isn’t fully clear that the string of rubber-bands did, in fact, signify a noose.) She has been removed from campus and is facing charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. She sent one threatening note to herself, and one reason she was suspected by the police was that her name was the only name spelled correctly on the “hit list.”
UW-Parkside Interim dean of Students says that “the school is re-evaluating how it handles racist incidents in the future.” One wonders what this means. Meanwhile, we can speculate on how a student concluded that insufficient attention to a hate crime warranted upping the situation by fabricating death threats and bringing the entire campus under fear and surveillance.
It’s a curious development. Think about it. The student didn’t object to the presumed initial neglect by contacting the administration, contacting reporters, protesting to student groups, or in any other way working through channels to highlight how awful the “noose” event was. If she had, others would have listened and responded. But instead, she adopted the same type of crime, amplifying it to dangerous degrees, interrupting lives, mobilizing police forces, and prompting disturbing news stories. That she frightened African American students — we shouldn’t dismiss their fear as overwrought; death threats are shocking — that she became the instrument of terror, and felt entirely right and proper in doing so speaks to more than just one individual’s distorted sense of truth and justice. We should extend the case to the climate of race on college campuses today.
See also “UW-Parkside investigating possible hate crime” (todaystmj4.com), “UW-Parkside students speak out about racial threats” (todaystmj4.com), and “Sheriff: UW-Parkside junior confessed to making hit list at school” (todaystmj4.com).
“Student kicked out of UW-Parkside for racial slur speaks out” (todaystmj4.com):
Three students were kicked out of school after several racial threats were found on campus.
Now the Kenosha County Sheriff is recommending criminal charges against two of those students.
Detectives investigated seven separate threats including a noose, a death list, and racial slurs. Tuesday, one woman told Keller Russell, she made a racial threat and she admits it was terrible mistake.
“I am a good person, it just happened out of fear,” said Janet Upmann.
Janet Upmann says she wrote the words “die n*****” on a white board in Ranger Hall at UW-Parkside.
The 22-year-old nursing student says she turned herself in. And, she says she’s learned a hard lesson about controlling her emotions.
“I said something that I didn’t mean, to get attention,” said Upmann.
Upmann claims she overreacted after hearing about a death list and a noose found on campus. She may be charged with disorderly conduct.
See also “Charges recommended for 2 UW-Parkside students in racial hoax” (todaystmj4.com).
Feb 2012: Black Man Mails Interracial Couple Noose and Pictures of Nicole Brown Simpson’s Corpse (Detroit, MI)
“Man who mailed noose gets jail time; talks to FOX 2″ (myfoxdetroit.com):
A man convicted of a hate crime talked to FOX 2 days before turning himself into jail. He said he wanted to tell us his side of the story, but he really didn’t seem to have any answers on why he did what he did.
“In my mind, at the time, I wasn’t trying to threaten anyone,” said Glenn Morgan, Junior.
He was convicted of a federal hate crime that left his victims more surprised than anything else.
In February, an interracial couple told us Morgan mailed them an awful package containing a noose and pictures of Nicole Brown Simpson’s dead body.
Morgan said his message was clear.
“My motivation was stirred by, again, the presidential election. It doesn’t bother me in the least bit that someone date someone outside of their race.”
Morgan explained he is an educated man with two bachelors degrees, a masters and even a Ph.D., but he didn’t know what he was doing was a crime. Now he says he is sorry, kind of.
“I’m remorseful, but we’re not in a perfect world at all. We’re not.”
Morgan was sentenced to two years probation, 200 hours community service, a $2,000 fine, and starting Thursday, a 90 day prison sentence, which he said will be a cakewalk.
As for the victims, their story is different. They say they will never forget what happened to them. Now they use security features on their house day and night and say they are still sometimes afraid to go home.
Nov 2011: Assaulted by Muslim Woman Then Charged with “Racially Aggravated Assault” for Asserting Equal Rights (London, England)
“‘I thought the innocent were protected… it’s been a hard lesson’: Celebrity photographer kicked by Muslim woman she tried to help tells of pain at being charged as a racist” (dailymail.co.uk):
She has heard them many times over the past few days, but speaking the words ‘racially aggravated assault’ still causes Cinnamon Heathcote-Drury’s entire body to shake and tears to stream down her face.
Her name may have been cleared, but it is obvious the scars of being accused of a vicious hate crime will be more difficult to erase.
Last Thursday, a jury at Isleworth Crown Court in West London took just 15 minutes to acquit her of shoving a pregnant Muslim woman to the floor and calling her husband a terrorist during a row in Tesco. [...]
To her, it often felt like being trapped in a dystopian world in which she could not make her version of events heard, no matter how hard she tried.
Although, in fact, she says she was the victim of assault, her own accusations were dismissed while her accusers’ claims were pursued by police.
Welcome to England’s Orwellian endgame, Miss Heathcote-Drury.
It was on November 30 last year  that she unwittingly became embroiled in the extraordinary fracas at a Tesco superstore in West London.
She had been to see a friend and was on her way home to Kensington when she decided to pop into the store for some groceries at about 2pm.
She was waiting to pay at the checkout when she noticed a man with two small children also queuing. They were joined by a woman wearing a hijab and a long black tunic who began unloading an overflowing trolley, one item at a time.
She says: ‘I glanced over and thought, “This poor woman’s going to be there for hours.” Her husband was standing closest to me, so I said to him, “Will you help her?”
‘He said, “I’ve got the children.” I said, “Well, I can help her” and he replied, “What’s it to you?” I said, “This is what feminism’s about – women helping women.”
He said, “Oh, get lost.” I looked at the woman and said, “We live in a society in Britain where rights are equal – if you need help you can ask for it.”’
Very little was revealed in court about the couple, Abdelkrim Danyaoui and Mounia Hamoumi, aside from his stated occupation of ‘teacher’ and the fact that Mrs Hamoumi had been pregnant at the time of the incident.
And so a third small child joins the Danyaoui-Hamoumi family of London, while Miss Heathcote-Drury enjoys the single life, teaching photography to the city’s “disadvantaged students” and explaining Western feminism to women in headscarves.
The couple became infuriated. ‘The husband came up behind me and said in my ear, “You f*** off,” which I found very intimidating,’ Miss Heathcote-Drury says. ‘I wanted to get out of the shop as quickly as possible, but he approached me again.’
She called for a security guard and when one arrived, he began speaking to the man. Meanwhile, Miss Heathcote-Drury, who had paid for her shopping, was making her escape down the aisle when she claims she felt a sharp pain in her left shin and stumbled.
‘The woman was standing with her hand on her hip and smirking. She wanted to humiliate me. Then she hit me on the left cheek.’
According to Miss Heathcote-Drury, a struggle ensued in which she was kicked in the right shin and her hat was wrenched from her head before the woman lost her balance and fell.
In shock and trembling, Miss Heathcote-Drury was led to a back room to wait until two police officers arrived. They took her name, date of birth and address, and then left. When they returned after speaking to the couple, she was told she was being arrested for racially aggravated assault.
Miss Heathcote-Drury describes in detail the inept and biased investigation that led to her charges, including this highlight:
A duty solicitor arrived and explained that the couple had claimed Miss Heathcote-Drury had used the words ‘suicide bomber’ and ‘terrorist’, called the man a ‘bad feminist’ and said they were probably on jobseekers’ allowance. She was then interviewed.
‘I said that I hadn’t used the words “suicide bomber”, but the officer asked me how I would feel, as a Muslim, being called that,’ she says.
I imagine she might have exploded.
Nov 2011: Black Man Burns Cross in Estranged White Wife’s Driveway (Panama City, FL)
“Man charged with burning cross in driveway” (newsherald.com):
A recent cross burning at the home of a Panama City mixed-race couple does not signal the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan; it was the symptom of something understandable to anyone who’s ever been afraid of losing someone.
LB Williams, a 50-year-old black man, his wife of nearly seven years Donna Williams, who is white, and their bi-racial daughter found a cross burning in their driveway Nov. 4. Their grandchild was home too.
“When I saw that cross burning, I was scared to death,” Donna Williams said. “I was terrified… we all were.”
Two days later, Donna found a note taped to the front door and the side entrance of the house. She paraphrased:
“They were watching us, I assumed me and the kids, and that I better not leave that (N-word),” Donna Williams said. The note was signed “KKK.”
This was another odd development.
“When did the KKK start supporting black and white, interracial marriages?” she asked.
Police thought so too. On Monday, LB Williams admitted to setting the fire and posting the notes, according to the arrest affidavit charging him with two felonies: domestic violence stalking and exhibits that intimidate. He did it, he said, so she wouldn’t proceed with the divorce she filed for.
Oct 2011: Lesbians Hang Noose and Spray-Paint “Kill the Gay” at Home (Parker, CO)
“Lesbian Couple Charged With Staging Hate Crime” (abcnews.go.com):
A lesbian couple who claimed they were victims of a hate crime have been arrested after police determined they staged the incidents.
On Oct. 28, Aimee Whitchurch, 37, and Christel Conklin, 29, called police and reported the words “Kill the Gay” were scrawled in red spray paint on the garage door of their Parker, Colo., home.
The next day, the couple told deputies they found a noose hanging on the handle of their front door.
The women told officers they believed the incidents were retaliation from their neighbors and homeowner’s association, who had complained the couple did not pick up after their dogs.
Aimee Whitchurch is thoroughly unrepentant:
Both women are charged with criminal mischief and false reporting. Whitchurch faces an additional charge of forgery.
She told ABC’s Denver affiliate KMGH-TV police were mistaken and vowed to fight the charges.
“This is a fight I started. This is a fight I’m going to finish. This is a fight I’m right on,” she said. “I have every right to live where I want to live.”
May 2011: Black High School Student Threatens Black Classmates with Lynching (Birmingham, MI)
“Student Admits to Writing Hate Graffiti at Birmingham’s Seaholm High School” (myfoxdetroit.com via amren.com):
The shocking graffiti was painted on a boy’s bathroom wall at Seaholm High School in Birmingham.
Five Seaholm students, all African-Americans, were listed by name and the message included “the N-word need to be lynched.”
A Birmingham police investigation along with Seaholm High has culminated with an 18-year-old male student admitting to bathroom graffiti. While charges of ethnic intimidation have been approved by the Oakland County prosecutor, the male student has not yet been arraigned.
Students are perplexed. The male making the admission is African-American.
“Some of the people we were talking to said that it was a little over the top and that it was just one kid who was… African-American. It was just not even racist whatsoever,” said Seaholm sophomore Felix McCarthy.
The messages of hate were also written on paper and were anonymously slipped into African-American teachers’ mail slots and African-American students’ lockers.
Students also told us they’re trying to learn and make the messages of hate a teachable moment.
“If you hear a kid says like a slur, stop them and be like, dude… don’t say that. We want more awareness in the school. They want more awareness in the school because the graffiti’s the extreme, but it starts at a basic level of just making jokes about racism or even towards gay people. It’s all just offensive and has to stop,” said Seaholm senior Jeff Butler.
Birmingham police and the Oakland County prosecutor told FOX 2 they expect to charge this 18-year-old student with ethnic intimidation on Wednesday.
Read more in “Courtney Thomas to Serve Probation, 100 Hours of Community Service” (birmingham.patch.com).
Apr 2011: Black Law Student Fakes Assault by White Cops (University of Virginia)
“A Law Student Plays the Race Card — and Gets Busted, Big Time” (abovethelaw.com):
In late April, Johnathan Perkins, a third-year law student at UVA, wrote a letter to the editor that was published in Virginia Law Weekly, the law school’s student newspaper. In his letter, Perkins claimed that he was harassed by UVA university police while walking home from a party, purportedly on account of his race (he’s African-American). Perkins said he was moved to share the story “because it is important for my classmates to hear a real-life anecdote illustrating the myth of equal protection under the law.”
University officials conducted an investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. And here’s what they found, according to UVA’s recent press release (reprinted in full below):
On May 5, after a thorough investigation into allegations that University of Virginia police officers had mistreated an African-American law student, the individual acknowledged that his story had been a fabrication.
“I wrote the article to bring attention to the topic of police misconduct,” he said in a written statement. “The events in the article did not occur.”
Wow — that’s actually kind of impressive. Go back and read Perkins’s letter. It’s dramatic, describing the “two different worlds” that whites and African-Americans supposedly inhabit, and invoking the names of police brutality victims Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima. And it’s detailed, with descriptions of how Perkins was supposedly manhandled by the officers, as well as lines of dialogue from the encounter (“Oh, he’s a law student.”).
And to think that it was all made up. If this whole “law” thing doesn’t work out for Perkins, he could explore a career as a novelist or screenwriter.
“Law Student Who Admitted False Story Is Acquitted on Honor Charges” (dailyprogress.com):
The University of Virginia law student who admitted to making up allegations of racial profiling by campus police was acquitted of university honor charges against him and has received his law degree, according to school officials.
University officials declined to press criminal charges. Under the university’s honor code, lying, cheating and stealing are offenses carrying the sole punishment of permanent expulsion.
Perkins missed graduation because of pending honor charges, but was acquitted over the summer by a jury of fellow students, according to UVa School of Law Dean Paul Mahoney.
“The law school has separately informed Mr. Perkins that it will furnish a statement regarding the honor charges and underlying circumstances to any state bar to which he applies,” Mahoney said in a written statement released this week.
Apr 2011: Gay Student Fakes Branding (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
“Hate crime report at UNC was false, police say” (newsobserver.com):
A UNC-Chapel Hill freshman who told police he was attacked by a man who burned his hand and called him an anti-gay slur made a false report, the university says.
In a message just released to the campus community, Chancellor Holden Thorp says: “The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault reported to campus last night did not occur. That report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false. The University will not report it as a hate crime.”
Freshman Quinn Matney told police he was outside his South Campus dorm April 4 when he stopped to speak with an acquaintance. As he stood on a foot bridge near his Craige Residence Hall, he had said another college-age man nearby approached him, called him an anti-gay slur, and pressed a hot piece of metal to his left wrist.
Matney’s story was very imaginative (dailytarheel.com).
As the freshman took a walk on South Campus at about 3 a.m. on April 4, he said he ran into an acquaintance on the Craige Residence Hall footbridge. As the two spoke, a man sitting at a nearby picnic table stood up and grabbed him by the wrist, he said.
“Here’s a taste of hell you f–––ing fag,” Matney remembered the man saying.
The man branded Matney, who is gay, on the left wrist with an unidentified object, causing third- and fourth-degree burns that damaged three nerves and a tendon, leaving the freshman with no feeling in his thumb and limited mobility in his index finger, he said.
Matney said he tried to pull away — but the man didn’t let go until he received a hard punch to the face.
Matney said he then walked away quickly, trying to distance himself from the man and his two friends, who both appeared drunk.
“I’ve seen him two or three times before this, always out on that same bridge,” Matney said of the man, whose identity is unknown.
Matney did manage to find a silver lining in his make-believe bridge-branding.
“Despite the horridity [sic] of the event, it has let me see how much my community loves me,” he said.
Read more in “History Repeating: Another Hoax College ‘Hate Crime’ Charge in North Carolina” (pjmedia.com) and “Heard about the hate crime at UNC? Oh, right, it was faked” (johnlocke.org). See a picture of Matney’s (self-inflicted) burn wound in “False Hate-Crime Report at UNC Chapel Hill” (advocate.com).
Feb 2011: Another Black Man Fakes Another Assault by White Cops (St. Cloud, MN)
An African-American man who said two white St. Cloud police officers assaulted him as he walked on a city street has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a crime.
Matthew Randall Moe, 22, was ordered to pay $135 in fines and fees and to write a letter of apology to the St. Cloud Police Department and the officers he falsely accused of assaulting him.
Moe initially made his accusations in a letter to St. Cloud State University in which he claimed the attack was racially motivated. The university forwarded the letter to St. Cloud police, who asked the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.
Moe’s initial report said he was walking home in the early hours of Feb. 10, 2010, when two white officers stopped their Crown Victoria squad car near him in the Eastman Park area. One officer asked Moe why he was running, and another came up behind him and pushed him face-first into the snowbank, Moe said.
The officers asked for his identification and then checked computer records to verify his identity, Moe said. Moe claimed that he tried to stand up from a seated position in the snowbank and was pushed back down onto the snow by one of the officers.
He also claimed he was pushed to the ground a third time and then pat-searched before being told “they didn’t want to see him around here again,” according to the court complaint charging Moe.
Sherburne County Sheriff Capt. Scott Fildes investigated the case. Fildes reviewed the police officer logs and couldn’t find two officers who were working that night who matched the detailed description that Moe had given.
Fildes also obtained video surveillance of the area in which Moe claimed to have been assaulted. When viewing that video, Fildes didn’t see Moe or any police cars in the area at the time Moe said the assault happened.
Aug 2010: Asian Teen Threatens Own Family with Matches and Gasoline (Portland, OR)
“Happy Valley teen admits hate crime hoax ” (kgw.com):
The 16-year-old son of a Happy Valley family was found to be responsible for racial graffiti and threats found at the home earlier this week.
Sang Huynh and his family told police they found a note on their house Monday that told them to leave. “Last warning. We will burn your house down if we have to,” it read.
Along with the note was a book of matches and bottle full of gasoline, said Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Det. Jim Strovink. The house also appeared to been vandalized with spray-painted racial slurs, he said.
“It has been determined there is no actual threat or hatred that exists — It is, and remains a Happy Valley,” deputies said.
Jun 2010: Muslim Woman Falsely Accuses Cop of Removing Her Veil (Sydney, Australia)
“Hijab woman sentenced to six months” (ninemsn.com):
A Muslim woman has lodged an appeal after she was sentenced to six months in prison for falsely accusing a police officer of forcibly removing her veil.
Carnita Matthews, a 46-year-old mother of seven, broke down in tears as Magistrate Robert Rabbidge described her crime as “deliberate, malicious and ruthless”.
“There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she knew that the complaint she was making was false,” he told Campbelltown Local Court on Friday.
“The system would collapse, of course, if people are making false and wrong complaints to authorities.”
Matthews was charged with one count of making a false complaint against police in August, after signing a statutory declaration claiming an officer forced her to remove her hijab, or face veil.
It was made three days after she was pulled over by Senior Constable Paul Fogarty at Woodbine, in Sydney’s southwest, for a random breath test on June 7 this year.
A video of the incident, which was played to the court, shows Matthews accusing the officer of being a racist after he handed her a fine for not displaying green P-plates properly.
“You look at me and see me wearing this and you couldn’t handle it. All cops are racist,” she says.
“Carnita Matthew, accused of making a false statement, has history of not paying fines” (news.com.au):
The woman at the centre of the burqa row, Carnita Matthews, has a long record of driving offences and a history of not paying her fines.
Court documents have revealed that she had been fined seven times for traffic infringements before she was stopped by police in June last year for not displaying her P-plates in the incident that sparked the row that spilled over to the District Court yesterday.
Since she first received her learner licence in 1998 at the age of 33, she has twice had her provisional licence suspended for totting up too many demerit points and twice had her licence suspended for non payment of fines.
After being stopped by police last year for not displaying her P-plates, Ms Matthews was ordered to pay $276 in fines and court costs.
She claimed on Channel Seven and allegedly in a statutory declaration to Campbelltown police that the officer who stopped her had attempted to tear the burqa off her face, a claim that was proven untrue by the police patrol car video camera.
A magistrate last year found her guilty of making a deliberately false statement and sentenced her to jail for six months. Ms Matthews appealed, saying there was no proof she was the person in the burqa making the statement and Judge Clive Jeffreys in the District Court yesterday upheld her appeal.
Yesterday, Ms Matthews avoided jail because her identity could not be proven.
Ms Matthews, 47, from Woodbine, in Sydney’s southwest, had been sentenced to six months in jail for making a deliberately false statement that a policeman tried to forcibly remove her burqa because he was a racist.
But judge Clive Jeffreys said yesterday he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that it was Mrs Matthews who made the racism accusation because the person who complained to police was wearing a burqa at the time.
The absurdity of the law is that, to reach the level of proof of identity to make the case, Mrs Matthews would have been required to identify herself by lifting her burqa at the police station — what started the uproar in the first place.
More than a dozen Muslim supporters linked arms and began chanting “Allah Akbar” as they stormed out of Downing Centre Court with Mrs Matthews concealed behind them.
Tempers rose and they began jostling with police after several members of the group attacked cameramen.
It marked a stark difference from their behaviour minutes earlier, when they had quietly assembled outside the lifts for prayer shortly after the judge’s decision.
Mrs Matthew’s lawyer Stephen Hopper defended their actions saying: “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them.”
Apr 2010: Minority Student Hangs Noose in Library (UC San Diego)
“Student apologizes for noose in UC San Diego library” (latimes.com):
The UC San Diego student reportedly responsible for hanging a noose last week in a campus library issued a public, but anonymous, apology Monday and said she had no racist motivation.
The noose’s discovery set off protests at a school that is already tense from recent racially charged episodes and triggered condemnations from UC leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In a letter published Monday on the front page of the UC San Diego student newspaper, the Guardian, the student wrote that the incident was “a mindless act and stupid mistake” and was not meant to recall the lynching of blacks.
“As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by the recent issues on campus, I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain,” the student wrote. She was suspended Friday and remains under investigation for a possible hate crime.
The letter is signed “Anonymous UCSD Student” and offers no clues about her identity or ethnicity.
Sari Thayer, the Guardian’s Web editor, said in an interview that the woman had asked the paper to publish the letter and that “a reliable source” confirmed its authenticity.
The woman wrote that she and friends had been playing with the rope early last week, making a lasso and then a noose.
She said that she took it to the library Tuesday, strung it above a desk and forgot about it. Its discovery Thursday night caused a firestorm on campus, where tensions were high after a Feb. 15 off-campus party that mocked Black History Month.
A campus official declined to comment on the letter and said that university police continue to investigate the incident.
Read more in “UCSD Student Paper Runs “Verified” Apology from Student Who Hung Noose” (studentactivism.net).
Apr 2010: Fake KKK Letter Advocates Terrorism, Intimidation, and Lynching (Oklahoma City, OK)
“‘Klan letter’ seen as possible hoax” (upi.com):
A one-page letter allegedly promoting lynching and terrorism and publicizing an Oklahoma City Ku Klux Klan rally may be a hoax, officials say.
The April 7 letter, whose opening line, “Hello Fellow White Oklahomans and Christians,” was sent to a number of Oklahoma businesses including the Black Chronicle newspaper, KWTV, Oklahoma City, reported Tuesday. It read, in part:
“We want to reassert white supremacy through terrorism and intimidation. We want to bring back lynching” and “we want a law passed so that Oklahoma Darkies are only allowed to come out from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m.”
The return address was listed as the John Birch Institute. Bill Hahn, public relations manager for The John Birch Society, disavowed any responsibility for the letter.
“We do not know who sent it. We do not approve of the letter’s message and strongly denounce both the message and the individual or group involved in this disgusting and illegal activity. We have reported this to the Oklahoma City Police Department,” Hahn said.
Oklahoma City police say they have not been able to find an originating fax number to trace the letter to. And HateTrackers.com, which follows hate groups across the United States, questioned the legitimacy and source of the letters.
“It’s a hoax. The United White Knights do not openly declare illegal or terrorist acts and they’re now more into white separatism than white supremacy, and more likely to be raging against illegal immigrants,” the editor of HateTrackers.com said in an e-mail message.
Watch more in “Police: Purported KKK Letters A Hoax” (msn.com).
Nov 2007: Black Firefighter Plants Rope and Drawing of Noose in Station (Baltimore, MD)
“Report: Baltimore Firehouse Noose Incident Was a Hoax” (foxnews.com):
A firefighter who reportedly found a rope and a threatening note with a drawing of a noose in a Baltimore station house last month admitted to placing the items there himself, it was reported.
The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that Donald Maynard, a firefighter and paramedic in-training, who is African American, confessed to police.
In a written statement Fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. said Maynard wanted to create a “perception that members within our department were acting in a discriminatory and unprofessional manner,” the Sun reported.
The noose incident sparked outrage two weeks ago and [launched] a federal hate crime probe.
See “Firehouse incident with noose was a hoax” (baltimoresun.com) for more coverage, plus a bonus hoax:
The racial incident at the Herman Williams Jr. fire station at East 25th Street and Kirk Avenue was the second this year. In May, firefighters at the station came under scrutiny for an incident involving a deer head that had been decorated with an Afro wig and gold chains. Allegations of racism proved to be unfounded.
Oct 2007: Jewish Student Draws Swastikas Around Campus (George Washington University)
“Freshman who reported swastikas drew them as well” (gwhatchet.com, with timeline):
The University found the student who reported several swastikas on her Mitchell Hall door was the one who drew them.
Using footage from a hidden video camera, the University Police Department linked [Jewish] freshman Sarah Marshak with the vandalism. She will now appear before Student Judicial Services and could face federal and District charges, a spokesperson announced Monday afternoon.
In an interview with The Hatchet Monday evening, Marshak, said she only drew the final three of six swastikas on her door in an attempt to highlight what she characterized as GW’s inaction. Only hours earlier, Marshak categorically denied the charges.
“I wasn’t looking to create this, sort of, insanity,” Marshak, who was previously a Hatchet reporter, said in a phone interview. “I wasn’t looking to become a media darling. I was just looking for acknowledgment from University that someone drew a swastika on the door.”
Marshak said Tara W. Pereira, director of SJS, informed her she would likely be expelled. Marshak said she did not want to leave GW but probably will.
Tracy Schario, a University spokesperson, said GW stands by its statement that they have a signed confession from Marshak. Schario would not comment on how many swastikas Marshak was responsible for, only saying it was “several of the incidents.”
Watch more in “Jewish Girl Paints Swastikas on Her Own Door — Busted” (youtube.com). See also “GWU student journalist admits hate crime hoax” (michellemalkin.com) and “Swastikas at George Washington University Were Hoax” (belch.com).
Oct 2007: Muslim Student Association Frames Conservative Student Group for Hundreds of Posters Titled “HATE MUSLIMS? SO DO WE!!!” (George Washington University)
“Seven GW students admit to hanging controversial posters” (gwhatchet.com):
A group of seven GW students sent an e-mail to The Hatchet late Tuesday night admitting to hanging hundreds of controversial posters around campus early Monday morning.
The students — Adam Kokesh, freshman Yong Kwon, senior Brian Tierney, freshman Ned Goodwin, Maxine Nwigwe, Lara Masri and Amal Rammah — said their motives were misinterpreted. Students for Conservativo-Facism Awareness hung the posters in opposition to Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, an event being held beginning Oct. 22.
“It is to our great dismay that the student body and the media missed the clear, if subtle, message of our flier: the hyperbolic nature of the flier was aimed at exposing Islamophobic racism,” the e-mail said.
Posters hung around campus read, “Hate Muslims? So do we!!!”
The confession letter is available online in PDF form (gwhatchet.com).
In response to the flyers, Bridgette Behling, the assistant director of the Student Activities Center at GWU, emailed a YAF representative to say that “due to the inflammatory nature of today’s events” (yaf.org via littlegreenfootballs.com),
as a good faith effort on behalf of YAF, it is important that YAF drafts a statement which states that you will not allow hate speech to be a part of any of YAF’s events, literature, written or verbal communication planned for Islamofacism Week. This statement should also include your plan for preventing these things from happening as well as the consequences for these things happening. It is important that we have this document should any further incidents occur as we move forward.
Apparently, it is now the responsibility of YAF to prevent Muslims from framing them in the future.
Read David Horowitz’s take in “A Forgery and a Hate Crime” (frontpagemag.com):
In a stratagem typical of the deceitful smear campaigns the left seems to favor, an obviously fake hate flyer has been posted all over the George Washington University campus with the intention of sabotaging Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week (October 22-26), and smearing its sponsors the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Young America’s Foundation.
The flyer, which is headlined “Hate Muslims? So Do We” and masquerades as a publication by GW students now organizing Islamo Fascism Awareness Week activities, is itself a hate crime as well as a forgery. Its authors, cowering behind anonymity, are part of what has become a national movement to attack Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
This movement is the work of the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee. It has one unvarying, malicious theme: that we are anti-Muslim. The Socialist Workers’ Party has mobilized its cadre with the charge that IFAW will “demonize Arabs and Muslims.” The Revolutionary Communist Party, which has threatened violent disruptions of this event, claims that we are committed to “the vilification of immigrants from the Middle East and Muslims of all countries.”
Why are the authors of the phony flyer afraid of the having these issues discussed by the George Washington University community during Islamo Fascism Awareness Week? Is it because they are themselves filled with a hatred they have projected onto us? Listen to what they say in their disgraceful flyer: “Your typical Muslim has: laser eyes, venom at the mouth,…peg-leg for smuggling children and heroin.” Who in his right mind would believe this garbage? This is obviously a lame attempt at satire by people who are willing to lie to the public in order to discredit their political opponents.
Sep 2007: Black Man Burns Cross on His Lawn Seeking “Sympathy and Money” (Anoka, MN)
“‘Victim’ of cross burning in Anoka now faces charges” (startribune.com):
A black Anoka resident who three days ago reported the burning of a cross on his lawn was charged Friday with setting the blaze himself in a search for sympathy and money.
Police began to suspect De’Andre June Sr., 47, after learning that he had told inmates at the Anoka County jail last week that he was going to burn a cross in his yard and blame it on his neighbor.
According to the complaint, one of the inmates told investigators that he had asked June what he had against his neighbor. “Nothing, but I’m the only dot [black]” on the block, June replied.
When he was arrested Thursday afternoon on an unrelated Hennepin County felony warrant, June told police that he didn’t know who had burned the shape of a cross into his grass.
By Friday he had been charged in Anoka County District Court with three misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting a crime, disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.
The news about June surprised and disappointed neighbors and supporters in Anoka, who had planned a community prayer rally at the family home Sunday. Many had offered encouragement and sympathy after June called police about the incident Wednesday morning.
June has been convicted of numerous felonies in Minnesota and has served various stretches of prison time since 1993, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Shari Burt.
His crimes have ranged from burglary to motor vehicle theft to fleeing an officer, and his last prison term ended in June 2002, Burt said.
This summer, he was sentenced in Hennepin County for financial fraud involving criminal use of a credit card from his former employer. He was released from the Anoka County jail on Monday after spending a week there in connection with a series of driving violations.
On Wednesday, a few inmates were watching KSTP’s news and saw June on TV talking about the cross burning. According to the complaint, two of them told a deputy that June had spoken to them about pulling just such a stunt.
A third inmate told police that June had “talked about getting sympathy and money from the public with a cross burning since he was a black man.”
Stories about the cross burning appeared in newspapers Thursday. By that afternoon, armed with the inmates’ testimony and the Hennepin County warrant, authorities went to the June house to arrest him.
As his family watched, according to the complaint, June became agitated and began to shout profanities at the officers. At one point, he fell to the floor and said he was having a heart attack, the complaint says.
Nov 2006: Black Man Sends Threatening KKK Letters (O’Fallon, IL)
“Black man charged with sending KKK threats in Illinois” (kmov.com):
A 28-year-old African-American man has been charged with sending threats signed from the KKK to officials in the southern Illinois community of O’Fallon.
Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted Justin Lamar Kidd of two counts of maliciously conveying a false threat.
Officials allege Kidd is behind two November 2006 letters to the O’Fallon Police Department and City Hall. Both are signed “KKK warning.”
The police letter warns that an apartment complex would be burned down if “all the blacks” aren’t removed.
The City Hall letter threatens to burn down the homes of black residents if they’re allowed to stay.
“Man admits sending threatening KKK letters in Illinois” (kmov.com):
Sentencing will be held in January for a black man who admits posing as a member of the Ku Klux Klan in sending racist letters in 2006 to a police department and city hall in his former southwestern Illinois hometown of O’Fallon.
Federal prosecutors say Kidd mailed a letter to the O’Fallon Police Department in November 2006 that threatened to burn down an apartment complex if blacks were not barred from living there.
Another letter to O’Fallon City Hall a week later pledged to burn down the houses of blacks there if they weren’t purged from the city.
Oct 2005: “Hippies” Led by Black Studies Major Frame “Typical White Male Bastards” for Assorted Slurs and Swastika (College of Wooster)
Read Joe P. Tone’s take in “Woosteria! When marker-wielding racists rocked the College of Wooster, the hunt for justice was on” (clevescene.com).
They were still in their pajamas, still standing in their fungus-fighting flip-flops, when the girls of Bornhuetter Hall first noticed the words scrawled outside their doors.
Slut, Fuck the hippie bullshit, Vote Goldwater, and other slurs were emblazoned on the walls and doors of the College of Wooster’s brand-new dormitory. Two roommates — one Jewish, one black — woke to find a swastika and I hate minorities written in dry-erase marker on their message board.
Maintenance crews raced to cover the vandalism in time for the dorm’s official dedication ceremony that day in early October. But three weeks later, vandals struck again with scribbled penises and phrases like “oxen scrotum juice” and “eel semen” in Holden Hall, the largest dorm on campus.
And so, the campus-wide hunt was on for the intolerant jerks with the dry-erase markers. An editorial in the school newspaper, The Wooster Voice, called for their expulsion. On October 28, Wooster President Stan Hales sent a blistering school-wide e-mail: “I am dismayed and angered by these incidents,” he wrote. “We cannot and will not tolerate actions… that are intended to intimidate.”
“A typical white male,” freshman Kamilla Fellah remembers thinking. “Those bastards.”
As the semester wore on, the culprits remained unknown. But on December 16, in the middle of finals week, they broke their silence with a school-wide e-mail of their own: They were prepared to reveal their identities at yet another forum. They scheduled it for 8 p.m. that night.
With exams looming, 300 students and professors filed into the student union, eager to glimpse their enemy. And just as they had expected, that enemy was the… treehuggers?
“We are, to some, your campus ‘hippie’ community,” said Megan Mitchell, a senior philosophy and black-studies double-major. She introduced her five fellow thugs to the crowd: men and women, gay and straight, women’s studies and philosophy majors. One of them was Jewish. They were all sorry.
“A lot of people assumed it was that straight white male stereotype… and they wanted to get them off their campus,” says Sarah Core, who covered the story for the Voice. “Finding out that it was students who are normally supposed to be sensitive to issues such as these was a big shock.”
The vandals actually had turned themselves in weeks earlier. One of them says they were told they could expect leniency if they gave themselves up. [...]
“‘I’m a moron’ is like the moral of the story,” says Mitchell, who authored the phrase “oxen scrotum juice.” The moron defense didn’t hold up: Five of the students were expelled. Mitchell, who was suspended for a year, ended the student forum by revealing their punishments.
And at that moment, something changed.
“I really appreciate that you came forward,” one student said in the customary Q&A period that followed.
“If I were in your position, it would take a lot of courage,” another told them.
“I’m pretty sure that you are good people,” still another said.
Just as justice was being served, the Wooster lynch mob wanted to send it back. Even the student paper, which damned the vandals in November, suddenly saw things differently.
“Even though this is a very serious crime, it is important to address it through education, rather than through just outcasting these people,” says Liz Miller, one of the Voice editors who originally called for the students’ expulsion. “A suspension is fine. But readmit these people into the college community and educate them.”
[...] On January 18, one day into the new semester, they received another campus-wide e-mail from President Hales.
“The open forum on December 16… demonstrated that [the vandals] have begun to understand the impact their actions had on the community,” it read. “They have apologized… and they have begun to atone for their actions.”
It was official: The lynching had been postponed due to lack of interest. The efforts of the college and its students, it seemed, would be better served rooting out the jock frat boys.
The expulsions were reduced to suspensions; the students will all be allowed back in 2006.
Apr 2005: Black and Hispanic Students Removed from Campus after Threats by Black Student (Trinity International University)
“Author of ‘Hate Mail’ Caught, Arrested at Trinity University” (christianpost.com):
The author of “hate mail,” who had stirred a racial scare on the campus of Trinity International University (TIU) over the recent weeks, was arrested yesterday, April 26.
The perpetrator of this “hate” crime had turned out to be one of the Deerfield, Ill.-based school’s own students, Alicia Hardin, reported CBS2 Chicago news.
According to Lake County prosecutor George Strickland, this 19-year-old African-American female student has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a felony hate crime that could bring up to five years in prison if convicted.
During the past two weeks, Hardin’s racially motivated letters were sent to three minority students at the evangelical Christian university. The third letter, which had included threats of physical violence against a black female student, prompted the school to remove dozens of black and Hispanic students from campus on Thursday upon its finding.
Hardin apparently took such action, said the investigators, in order to convince her parents the school was too dangerous for her to stay, in hopes to stop attending the school.
After the third letter, “[m]ore than 40 students spent the night at a nearby hotel, while the others stayed with family or friends” (mtv.com).
Mar 2005: Tiger Woods Concocts Childhood Assault by White Kids (Cypress, CA)
“Kindergarten teacher: Woods lied about school race incident” (nypost.com):
Tiger Woods’ a former kindergarten teacher disputed a story today that he once told about an incident where he was tied to a tree and spray painted with the N-word by older kids.
In a 2005 book written by Charles Barkley, Woods said he was taunted at a young age by schoolmates because he was bi-racial.
The teacher, Maureen Decker, said the story is a complete lie and that she’s been unfairly maligned.
Decker, who has hired lawyer Gloria Allred, wants a retraction and an apology.
“I was shocked, saddened and disappointed… by his false accusations of racial abuse,” she told reporters during a news conference in Los Angeles.
In recounting “the tale of when he was beaten down in the playground by a group of racist white kids,” the half-black, half-Asian golfer went to great lengths to smear not only his white teachers, but his white schoolmates as well: “I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten,” the book claims. “A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted the word ‘nigger’ on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. And the teacher really didn’t do much of anything.”
But Woods’ story just doesn’t add up:
The retired teacher also said there was no way older students could ever enter the area where the kindergarten kids played.
“Teachers do very hard work. … It is unfair to get this in return,” said Allred, who does not plan to file a lawsuit in regards to the incident.
In addition, the former principal of the Cerritos Elementary School, in Cypress, Calif., where Tiger attended, said he has no knowledge of the incident.
A parent, Linda DaViega, who was always around the school at that time period, also said she has never heard of such an incident happening.
Feb 2004: Black Students Distribute “White Supremacist Literature” (University of Louisville)
“African-Americans Admit To Distributing White Supremacist Literature On UofL Campus” (wave3.com):
Hate literature has appeared at another local college campus, this time at Spalding University. School officials there say racially inflammatory fliers were placed on approximately 15 to 20 cars on campus Tuesday night. Meanwhile, two African-American UofL students admitted Monday they placed racially charged fliers on another African-American’s car, calling it “a prank.” WAVE 3′s Craig Hoffman reports.
A string of such “pranks” in recent weeks has many UofL students saying the the school address racially [sic] insensitivity on campus. The big question on the minds of many students is how the top brass will respond.
Respond to what? The hate crime hoaxes perpetrated by black students? Of course not:
Over the past few months, UofL students have endured racial graffiti, threats from the KKK to speak on campus, emotionally charged fliers passed out on cars, and a credit card company handing out T-shirts some people consider racially offensive.
Free t-shirts from a credit card company. The KKK threatening to speak, i.e., to exercise their First Amendment rights, on campus. Fake flyers. Graffiti and more flyers, likely fake — recall the “string of such ‘pranks’ in recent weeks.” This is what University of Louisville students must endure.
Leaders of several campus organizations say some students fear for their safety. They say school administrators have taken some action, but it’s not enough. So some organizations are planning a march on campus.
“Historically, white people — or whatever you’d like to say — white people don’t have to be afraid of the Klan,” said Bethany Wright, who is white. “I don’t have to worry walking to my car at night whether or not I’m going to be snatched up or something’s going to happen to me. But other students do.”
No, they don’t.
May 2003: Black Seminary Student Vandalizes Own Pickup with Racial Slurs, Swastikas, and Death Threats (Arden Hills, MN)
“Bethel student charged in Bethel race graffiti case” (brainerddispatch.com):
Prosecutors charged a seminary student at Bethel College with making terroristic threats for allegedly writing racist messages on his pickup truck in one of several hate graffiti incidents at the school in recent months.
Thomas Glander, 38, of Arden Hills, has been a Bethel seminary student since 1998 and is a former volunteer chaplain for the Ramsey County sheriff’s department.
The criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Wednesday said that on May 6, Glander complained to the sheriff’s office that someone had written racist language and swastikas on his pickup while it was parked near his on-campus residence.
The message, which included a misspelling, said, in part, “We kill pig chaplans” and used a crude racial slur for blacks, according to the complaint.
He has not been charged with any other acts of graffiti, but Sheriff Bob Fletcher told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Glander is suspected of drawing threatening graffiti last month that led the college to evacuate students and staff of color to a hotel for their protection.
Glander’s reasons for marking his own truck weren’t entirely clear, according to the complaint, but he said he was angry at: campus security for ignoring complaints that he had been harassed, those who were targeting minorities on campus, college administrators who weren’t preventing the graffiti and a faculty member who refused to help him when he needed academic assistance.
Given the nature of the graffiti and Glander’s motives, we can safely conclude that Glander is himself black.
Nov 2002: Black Students Vandalize Dorm with Racial Slurs, Drawing of Noose, and “Vulgar References to Genitalia” (University of Mississippi)
Three black freshmen were accused by the college of scrawling racist graffiti on the doors of two other black students in the Kincannon residence hall on the Oxford campus. Among the hateful epithets: “F–––––g N––––r” and “F–––––g Hoe N––––r.” Also left on walls and doors spanning three floors of the dorm: A tree with a noose and hanging stick figure and vulgar references to genitalia drawn in blue window chalk.
The financial damage was estimated at roughly $600. But the cultural and psychological damage caused by such crude and twisted acts of Tawana Brawleyism is inestimable. The element of racial animus cloaks the hate crime hoax with a false sense of legitimacy. It’s a manipulative attempt to exploit old tensions and deflect suspicion from the actual perpetrators.
At the time the racist vandalism appeared, Ole Miss was commemorating the 40th anniversary of desegregation of its classrooms. Local and national observers immediately assumed the vandals were white.
Black students organized a “Say No to Racism” march and demanded more protection against white-on-black harassment. They blasted the school’s president for not apologizing quickly enough for the racial slurs. The school’s “Minority Affairs” director demanded that the university establish “programs and procedures” to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent hate crimes. The “Institute for Racial Reconciliation” and the “Committee On Sensitivity and Respect” convened meetings. Activists called for criminally prosecuting the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate crime statutes.
But now that the race of the suspects has been revealed, some are seeking to minimize the crime as a “prank.” The college will not be bringing criminal charges against the trio. Instead, each suspect faces charges involving five violations of the student code of conduct — not only for the racially explosive vandalism, but also for allegedly making false and misleading statements to investigators.
The Daily Mississippian student newspaper noted that an “irritated Chancellor Robert Khayat said the entire situation was ‘regrettable,’ but it taught the university community that no members ‘should engage in abusive behavior’ and ‘before we jump to conclusions and start condemning groups of people, we should know what happened.’”
All well and good, but why allow a double standard of justice to prevail? If the attackers had been white, they faced possible federal prison time. Because the suspects are black, the most serious consequence they face is expulsion. Welcome to equal treatment under the law, 2002-style.
This hoax is also mentioned in a 2004 article in the LA Times, “As Hate-Crime Concerns Rise, So Does the Threat of Hoaxes” (latimes.com):
A black freshman reported finding racist graffiti on his dormitory door, including the image of a hanging noose. Three other black freshmen later apologized, saying it was intended as a prank. They were placed on probation by the university.
The LA Times reports that from 1997 to April 2004, “more than 20 hate crime hoaxes have been confirmed or suspected at colleges across the nation.”
2001: Arab Caught Faking Second Hate Crime (Arizona State University)
From the aforementioned LA Times article, “As Hate-Crime Concerns Rise, So Does the Threat of Hoaxes” (latimes.com):
Incident: Ahmad Saad Nasim, a junior, said he was beaten and pelted with eggs as his attackers uttered racial epithets. Later, he was found lying in a locked bathroom stall, apparently attempting to fake another hate crime. Campus police say he admitted to staging the incidents.
Location: Arizona State University
1999: Student Fakes Knife Attack During Sexual Assault Rally (University of Massachusetts)
From “As Hate-Crime Concerns Rise, So Does the Threat of Hoaxes” (latimes.com):
Incident: During a rally triggered by three sexual assaults on campus, a student claimed she had just been attacked by a man with a knife. She later admitted to concocting the story, and police said her facial wounds were self-inflicted.
Location: University of Massachusetts
1998: Lesbian Student Fabricates Beating and Cutting by Two Men (St. Cloud University)
From “As Hate-Crime Concerns Rise, So Does the Threat of Hoaxes” (latimes.com):
Incident: Jennifer Prissel, a senior, told police that two men punched her in the eye and cut her face while yelling anti-gay slurs. Prissel later confessed she made up the incident.
Location: St. Cloud University, Minnesota
1998: Gay RA Makes Up 3 Years of Hate Crimes (University of Georgia)
From “As Hate-Crime Concerns Rise, So Does the Threat of Hoaxes” (latimes.com):
Incident: Jerry William Kennedy Jr., 23, an openly gay resident assistant, reported that he had been the victim of nine hate crimes over three years. He confessed to fabricating the story.
Location: University of Georgia
1997: Black Students Praised for Hanging Black Doll from Tree (Duke University)
From “As Hate-Crime Concerns Rise, So Does the Threat of Hoaxes” (latimes.com):
Incident: A black doll, with a small sign attached saying, “Duke Hasn’t Changed,” was found hanging from a tree by a noose. Two black students later confessed, reportedly saying they wanted to make a political statement.
Location: Duke University, North Carolina
Read Ann Coulter’s take in “Another Liberal Noose-ance” (wnd.com).
In 1997, at Duke University, a black doll was found hanging by a noose from a tree at the precise spot where the Black Student Alliance was to be holding a rally against racism. Two black students later admitted they were the culprits and were immediately praised for bringing attention to the problem of racism on campus. Indeed, four years later the president of Duke gave a baccalaureate address nostalgically describing the hoax as a “protest” against racism. Next stop: the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dec 1996–Jan 1997: Black Woman Sends Hate Mail to Blacks in UPS Fraud Attempt (St. Paul, MN)
From a summary of “Past incidents” (startribune.com):
1996–97: A black woman living in St. Paul scrawled racial epithets on packages and sent them to herself and nationally known black leaders. She claimed white racists working for UPS had damaged or lost packages and tried to collect $143,500 for each loss. She was sentenced to federal prison.
Read more in “Black woman, former law student gets 5 1/2 years in phony hate-mail case” (Associated Press via groups.google.com):
A black woman who sent phony hate mail to prominent blacks in a scheme to defraud United Parcel Service out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced Tuesday to five years and five months in federal prison.
Angela Jackson, 29, a former law student, claimed that white racists working for the shipping company had damaged or lost packages containing art works.
She tried to collect $143,500 for each loss, and to make her claim credible, scrawled racist remarks on letters sent via UPS to several prominent black leaders, including the Rev. Jesse
Jackson, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and eight members of Congress.
Jackson, who is not related to Jesse Jackson, was also convicted of trying to torpedo the career of a Chicago police sergeant who arrested her in 1996 by making it look as if the officer had stolen her credit card.
For more on the nature of the hate mail, see “FBI investigates UPS packages with racist messages” (Associated Press via groups.google.com):
On Dec. 4, Ms. Jackson, 27, received three brown padded bags with prints and negatives she had ordered from the African-American artist Bayo. The stapled bags had been opened and the contents smeared with a substance she believes was feces. The bags were then taped shut.
On the backs of two bags, over the artist’s inscription “Kwanzaa gift,” someone had scrawled “nigers day” in red felt pen.
The notes [sent in UPS envelopes to Angela Jackson, Jesse Jackson and New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall] were written in photocopied or computer-generated block letters and look much like pasted-up ransom letters in movies. The UPS logo was also copied onto the pages.
Ms. Jackson received a single envelope with two notes, one that read “nigers day is coming,” the other “happy nigers day monkeys.”
Jackson tried to frame Don Black, founder of the white nationalist Internet forum Stormfront, first by writing “Strom Front” on the UPS envelopes she mailed to herself, Jesse Jackson, and H. Carl McCall, then by claiming “she received dozens of harassing calls on her home and business phone lines” in which the caller would “mutter a brief slur or hang up without speaking.”
Ms. Jackson’s December phone bill for the toll-free line shows two calls made from the West Palm Beach, Fla., home of former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black. She said she used the “star 69″ phone service to trace several of the calls on her home line and that they also came from Black’s number.
Don Black has replied to these accusations (groups.google.com):
Please note that my phone never rings unanswered. Local newspapers had no problem reaching me that same day. The AP reporter, Ms. Schwarz, never bothered. And no, I had never heard of this Black woman in Chicago before this story, though I had gotten some really strange calls from or purportedly from UPS. The two calls on Jackson’s “800″ number resulted from someone leaving a message here with that number, saying they were with UPS and needed instructions for delivering a package.
I was later told by an FBI agent in Minnesota that someone had also left messages with my number on UPS officials voicemail, in an attempt to establish a link between us. I’m sure this scam seemed perfectly logical to Jackson’s primitive brain. Make everybody think UPS wanted to harass their prominent Black customers, and that they had hired me to do it! Yeaaaah!!!
Of course, Jackson’s claims that I had called her home were easily disproven by my phone records. I guess she didn’t think about that.
Angela Jackson’s false accusations are still reported as fact by Wikipedia (wikipedia.org, Jul 14 2012):
In 1997, [Don Black] colluded with the UPS shipping business to racially harass a black woman in his neighbourhood.
1990: Hoax KKK Letter Encourages Torching Blacks’ Cars (Minneapolis, MN)
From a summary of “Past incidents” (startribune.com):
1990: A racist letter on stationery bearing a Ku Klux Klan emblem blamed black residents for crime in a south Minneapolis neighborhood and encouraged torching their cars. The letter was a hoax designed to hurt the man named in it.