Study: More Than Two-Thirds of Hate Crimes Are Actually Hoaxes

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There was a fascinating piece in the Wall Street Journal this week about a new book called “Hate Crime Hoax” and the work of its author, Wilfred Reilly. In the article, we learn that Reilly has been tracking what some liberals call a “dramatic increase” in hate crimes over the last five or six years. He says that while the left (accompanied by the mainstream media) says this explosion really went nuclear after Donald Trump began gaining ground in his 2016 campaign, they have been less apt to notice that a great majority of these so-called crimes are actually fictitious.

“Mr. Reilly eventually compiled a database of 346 hate-crime allegations and determined that less than a third were genuine,” reads the story. “Turning his attention to the hoaxes, he put together a data set of more than 400 confirmed cases of fake allegations that were reported to authorities between 2010 and 2017. He allows that the exact number of false reports is probably unknowable, but what can be said ‘with absolute confidence is that the actual number of hate crime hoaxes is indisputably large,’ he writes. ‘We are not speaking here of just a few bad apples.’”

The real problem, Reilly says, isn’t this wealth of hoaxes, however. The real problem is that the left and the media are using reports of hate crimes as a political cudgel against conservatives. They give outsized attention to every incident in which a student hangs a noose from a tree or throws a pig’s head at a mosque. On the other hand, they pay scant attention a few days or weeks later when police determine that a black activist tied that rope into a knot. They barely cover it when the mosque’s imam admits to having thrown the pig’s head himself. And then, a few weeks later, the whole sorry situation repeats itself with the same results.

“The sad reality,” writes Jason Riley, “is that there is no shortage of individuals and entities with a vested interest in exaggerating racial tensions in the U.S.—from civil-rights organizations to corporate diversity officers to professors of race and gender studies.”

We live in an era now where using the term “illegal alien” is racist. Where refusing to bake a cake is an act of bigotry. Where chanting “USA” at a football game is the height of racial insensitivity. Where you can’t even sell tacos without being accused of cultural appropriation.

With all of this madness in the atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the media would pounce whenever there appears to be an example of real-life, blatant bigotry and hate. Especially when they can stretch to tie that hate to their favorite target: President Trump and his supporters. But by thrusting these hate crime hoaxes into the spotlight without ever bothering to correct the record later, they are merely confirming themselves to be the very “enemy of the people” that Trump has called them.