It’s actually rather startling how often these hoaxes have been pulled over the last few years.
I just ran a search on “hoax” here on the Liberty Unyielding website, and came up with eight pages of previous posts – 25 per page – almost all of which were about alleged “racist,” “homophobic,” and “Islamophobic” threats that turned out to be hoaxes – perpetrated by a member of the supposed “victim” group.
The latest instance involves a former police officer in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Clive Higgins claimed in February to fear for his life after finding a racist note left for him in his police mailbox.
The letter, on police department letterhead, contained lines like these:
Officer Clive Higgins doesn’t belong here in this Police Department.
These Black Officers belong in the toilet. …
The Chief promise us the White People, he doesn’t belong here. …
You [Higgins] better watch your back..
We know where you live. …
Remember you have no duty weapons to defend yourself.
The note ended with the suggestive flourish “WHITE POWER.”
Higgins reported receiving this note after the end of a police-brutality trial, for a case from 2011, in which two of his fellow officers were found guilty but Higgins was not.
Higgins’s allegation was taken seriously, and the usual things ensued, including an investigation of the department by state police. On 6 July, during the investigation, Higgins resigned from the force.
Recently, he was confronted by investigators with evidence from security video that he had probably written the note himself. He ended up confessing to it. He’s been charged with a false incident report, and is due in court on 16 December.
This revelation comes on the heels of a report on Monday that “racist” threats made against “black students” at Kean University in New Jersey were posted by a black activist, who had recently graduated from Kean.
In October, a gay college student in North Dakota alleged that he was attacked and disparaged with anti-gay slurs at a fraternity party. An exhaustive investigation determined that he had started an altercation, and there were no anti-gay slurs used.
Earlier this year, police determined that another young man in Utah had inflicted on himself the injuries he claimed had come from being subjected to anti-gay attacks, including the words “Die fag” carved on his arm.
In February 2015, bomb threats called in to an Austin Texas mosque, as well as to a Muslim food vendor, turned out to be hoaxes pulled by a Muslim.
In July 2014, authorities determined that a “spate of Quran burnings” in Michigan was actually perpetrated by a Muslim immigrant.
Racist scribblings on the whiteboard in a dorm at Grand Valley State in Michigan, in March 2014, were supposedly directed at the owner of the whiteboard – but turned out to be a hoax pulled by the whiteboard’s owner.
In March 2014, a transgender student’s report of “hate”-motivated assault at a high school in San Jose, California turned out to be a hoax. There was no assault.
This list goes on and on; who could forget the supposed anti-gay comments of “RSVP Mom” in February 2014, or the New Jersey waitress who wrote an anti-lesbian note on a patron’s restaurant receipt, and claimed it was directed at her?
I’ve left out most of the incidents LU has posted about. Search on “hoax” yourself. The real question now seems to be when to believe these reports of bigotry, as opposed to when not to.