Campus hate crimes often turned out to be hoaxes this year

Campus hate crimes often turned out to be hoaxes this year
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At least 14 campus hate crimes turned out to be hoaxes this year, reports The College Fix. In 2021, there were at least 11 hate crime hoaxes.

The most well-known hoax this year was the false claim by Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson that a person at a game between Duke and Brigham Young University kept shouting the n-word at her. In addition, her godmother falsely claimed that the word was yelled each time she went to serve.

The hoax was treated as true by the University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach, who cited it to cancel a game against BYU, even after the hoax had been debunked.

The University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California canceled its game against BYU based on the same debunked hoax.

Another college in Utah is still being subjected to a hate crime hoax, with progressive activists continuing to falsely claim that the Ku Klux Klan recruited at the University of Utah

As The College Fix reports:

A black student at the University of Utah melded together two claims to assert that the KKK recruited on campus and smeared poop on a black student’s door. Records obtained show that the KKK recruitment had no merit – the only source was one student who overheard other students talking about the Klan being on campus. Still it did not stop student CJ Alexander from citing the KKK’s “parading” on campus as proof the university had “failed the black community.”

This also is two hate crime hoaxes, because Hanna Thandiwe, who made up the incident and posted about it on social media, created one hoax in addition to the original claim of the Klan on campus. The black female who allegedly had poop left at her door said she did not want to talk about the incident further, and it is not clear from the police reports that it was racially motivated.

Black students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville may have thought the KKK was on campus, after notes reading “BLACK PEOPLE DON’T BELONG” were found in a residence hall on campus. But the main suspect turned out to be a black girl named Kaliyeha Clark-Mabins, charged by the county prosecutor in February with three counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

If saying black people don’t belong is threatening, even worse is writing “All [n-words] should die,” which is what two black girls were caught on camera doing at Rosemont High School in Sacramento.

Other hate crimes hoaxes include a black student at a Catholic high school in New York who wrote “[t]his school is filled with a bunch of [n-word]. Get out or else,” and a high school near Sacramento that had “colored” and “white” written above water fountains by an African-American student.

“Another key to identifying hate crime hoaxes, in addition to requesting the police reports, is to find cases where the university won’t release details on the suspect,” explains The College Fix:

That is what happened at the University of Virginia where a black female in a “head scarf” named Zaynab Bintabdul-Hadijakien was charged for an attack on the Black Cultural Center. UVA officials would not identify the suspect, and even a police report redacted her race, but The College Fix dug around and found out she is a black female.

Other race hoaxes this year include: the juvenile allegedly behind the bomb threats against historically black colleges and universities, a black man who trashed the University of Florida’s Institute for Black Culture sign, and the “unable to verify” claim that white students surrounded a black female student at Sam Houston State University and poured water on her.

Often, hate crimes hoaxes are debunked by the police when school officials are happy to cover up the fact that it was a hoax. Police in Roxbury, Massachusetts  debunked claims that white students subjected black and Hispanic high school football players to racial taunts. Michigan police debunked the claim by a black Michigan student that his posters were torn down in a “racially motivated” incident.

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