Welcome to the era of hate crime hoaxes

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Welcome to the era of hate crime hoaxes

By John Ruberry

It’s been a rough May for hate crime hoaxsters. Liars have been caught ped­dling racist inci­dents that never hap­pened, two of these, not sur­pris­ingly, were spread by col­lege stu­dents and the third, was fab­ri­cated by a man liv­ing in a big col­lege town.

America’s griev­ance indus­try pre­ferred habit is the col­lege campus.

All of the exposed accusers are black.

Uni­ver­sity of Iowa stu­dent Mar­cus Owens said he was bru­tally beaten out­side an off-​campus bar and called the “N” word by three white attack­ers on the evening of April 30. Iowa City police offi­cers inves­ti­gated Owens’ story and dis­cov­ered that there were in fact three fights that took place that night–and Owens started all of them.

Sherry Watt, the university’s diver­sity offi­cer, says Watt deserves “empa­thy.” If my father was still alive he’d say that Owens deserves a kick in the head, although he clearly got his already.

State Uni­ver­sity of New York at Albany stu­dents Alexis Briggs, Ariel Agu­dio, and Asha Bur­well said they were assaulted by a white mob who screamed racial slurs at them on a pub­lic bus in Jan­u­ary. But as with the Owens case, it appears that “the attacked” were in fact the the attack­ers. Ear­lier this month the trio was hit with a vari­ety of assault charges, two of them, Agu­dio and Bur­well, were expelled from SUNY Albany while Briggs has been sus­pended for two years.

Secu­rity cam­eras, which helped catch Owens’ lies, were essen­tial in expos­ing the cor­rect nar­ra­tive in the Albany case. This story attracted national cov­er­age–even Hillary Clin­ton weighed in by Tweet­ing an early ver­sion of the vio­lent assault.

While the national media, except for con­ser­v­a­tive out­lets, have paid scant atten­tion to the first two hoaxes, best-​selling author and Detroit Free Press colum­nist Mitch Albom’s Sun­day piece offers the story of Jor­dan Brown, an openly-​gay min­is­ter of a tiny church in Austin, Texas, who told the media and any­one who would lis­ten that a cake he ordered from a local Whole Foods Mar­ket out­let with “Love Wins” writ­ten on the frost­ing had another word added, becom­ing “Love Wins Fag.”

[cap­tion id=“attachment_83609” align=“alignright” width=“207”]Ten Commandments Ten Com­mand­ments marker, Col­orado state capi­tol grounds[/caption]

Brown picked the wrong town, the wrong store, and the wrong pas­try chef. Austin is the most lib­eral city in Texas and Austin-​based Whole Foods, which prides itself on cham­pi­oning diver­sity, instantly stood by the baker, an LGBT com­mu­nity mem­ber. Brown sued Whole Foods and he ref­er­enced his faith repeat­edly in his law­suit, Albom notes. My guess is that “Thou shalt not bear false wit­ness against thy neigh­bor,” one of the Ten Com­mand­ments, was not men­tioned in that suit.

Last week Brown admit­ted that this hate crime was fabricated.

He lied.

Another May mill­stone: Ear­lier this month Milo Yiannopou­los, an openly gay writer for Bre­it­bart, pre­sented a list of over 100 phony hate crimes over the last decade.

Which makes me won­der: While racism and big­otry is still a prob­lem in our soci­ety per­haps it’s not a wide­spread as we are led to believe. But many peo­ple, lib­eral politi­cians among them, feel com­pelled to keep pick­ing at this tragic national wound so then can advance the rest of their agenda.

Lying offers rewards. Race-​hustler Al Sharp­ton road the 1980s Tawana Braw­ley race-​based attack hoax into a very suc­cess­ful, albeit shame­ful, career for himself.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

It’s been a rough May for hate crime hoaxsters. Liars have been caught peddling racist incidents that never happened, two of these, not surprisingly, were spread by college students and the third, was fabricated by a man living in a big college town.

America’s grievance industry preferred habit is the college campus.

All of the exposed accusers are black.

University of Iowa student Marcus Owens  said he was brutally beaten outside an off-campus bar and called the “N” word by three white attackers on the evening of April 30. Iowa City police officers investigated Owens’ story and discovered that there were in fact three fights that took place that night–and Owens started all of them.

Sherry Watt, the university’s diversity officer, says Watt deserves “empathy.” If my father was still alive he’d say that Owens deserves a kick in the head, although he clearly got his already.

State University of New York at Albany students Alexis Briggs, Ariel Agudio, and Asha Burwell said they were assaulted by a white mob who screamed racial slurs at them on a public bus in January. But as with the Owens case, it appears that “the attacked” were in fact the the attackers. Earlier this month the trio was hit with a variety of assault charges, two of them, Agudio and Burwell, were expelled from SUNY Albany while Briggs has been suspended for two years.

Security cameras, which helped catch Owens’ lies, were essential in exposing the correct narrative in the Albany case. This story attracted national coverage–even Hillary Clinton weighed in by Tweeting an early version of the violent assault.

While the national media, except for conservative outlets, have paid scant attention to the first two hoaxes, best-selling author and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom’s Sunday piece offers the story of Jordan Brown, an openly-gay minister of a tiny church in Austin, Texas, who told the media and anyone who would listen that a cake he ordered from a local Whole Foods Market outlet with “Love Wins” written on the frosting had another word added, becoming “Love Wins Fag.”

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments marker, Colorado state capitol grounds

Brown picked the wrong town, the wrong store, and the wrong pastry chef. Austin is the most liberal city in Texas and Austin-based Whole Foods, which prides itself on championing diversity, instantly stood by the baker, an LGBT community member. Brown sued Whole Foods and he referenced his faith repeatedly in his lawsuit, Albom notes. My guess is that “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” one of the Ten Commandments, was not mentioned in that suit.

Last week Brown admitted that this hate crime was fabricated.

He lied.

Another May millstone: Earlier this month Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay writer for Breitbart, presented a list of over 100 phony hate crimes over the last decade.

Which makes me wonder: While racism and bigotry is still a problem in our society perhaps it’s not a widespread as we are led to believe. But many people, liberal politicians among them, feel compelled to keep picking at this tragic national wound so then can advance the rest of their agenda.

Lying offers rewards. Race-hustler Al Sharpton road the 1980s Tawana Brawley race-based attack hoax into a very successful, albeit shameful, career for himself.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.