Different Hoax for Different Folks

Different Hoax for Different Folks, by Steve Sailer.

At its “Never Is Now” anti-Semitism summit this week, the Anti-Defamation League gave its ADL Americanism Award to Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, for his famed speech last September denouncing white racists for scrawling antiblack slurs on the dorm door of a black student.

Silveria’s order to racists to “Get out” (an admiring reference to the antiwhite horror movie) was celebrated by the media, with Silveria being declared 2020 presidential timber and an admirable rival to the deplorable Donald Trump. Silveria was especially adulated for dog-whistling:

We would also be tone-deaf not to think about the backdrop of what’s going on in our country — things like Charlottesville and Ferguson, the protest in the NFL.

The only problem with the ADL’s ceremony honoring Lt. Gen. Silveria’s “commitment, dedication, and leadership in the fight against hate” was that six days earlier the Air Force Academy had admitted that the graffiti had been a hoax perpetrated by an unnamed black student.

In other words, the Air Force Academy incident had indeed been a racist hate crime, but, contra General Silveria, one perpetrated to spread fear and loathing against its white victims. …

About half the “hate” crimes are hoaxes, which actually makes them anti-white hate crimes:

Having followed the topic of hate hoaxes carefully going back to the 2004 fraud at Claremont McKenna when a professor trashed her Honda in order to blame it on her conservative white male students, my estimate is that about as many nationally publicized “bias crimes” turn out to be fallacious as turn out to be confirmed. …

More important, higher-ups almost never suffer consequences for encouraging hate hoaxes by taking them seriously. Both Silveria of the Air Force Academy and Greenblatt of the ADL have fallen for hate hoaxes this year in what should have been a humiliating fashion. But instead, the two chumps/exploiters were honoring each other this week.

America has tens of thousands of social scientists. Yet as far as I can tell, not one has ever studied quantitatively what percentage of nationally publicized “hate incidents” turn out to be misleadingly fallacious.

This ought to be the highest-priority social science question in America, but it’s likely to remain off-limits for objective study.