The rise and fall of the hate-crime hoax

The rise and fall of the hate-crime hoax. By Brendan O’Neill.

On and on it goes. Claim after claim of racial oppression that evaporates upon contact with the barest amount of fact-gathering. …

There are now far too many for them to be written off as ‘one-offs’, as just a few individuals fibbing about their persecution because they want a minute in the spotlight. No, this is a phenomenon. One that speaks to how keenly people covet victimhood in the 21st century. Contemporary society’s sanctification of the victim — especially the victim of racial hate — is clearly enticing people to fabricate tales of victimhood.

They know that stories of suffering, stories of being at the sharp end of ‘white supremacy’, will win them instant sympathy in the media and extra clout in social circles and public discussion. They know their made-up experiences will be nodded through, and wept over, by the guardians of correct thought who are convinced modern America is a white-supremacist hellhole. So why wouldn’t they claim they were racially heckled at a volleyball game, or abused at a bakery, or attacked by noose-waving MAGA folk? …

Consider the speed with which the BYU and Oberlin fantasies about racial maltreatment were taken as good coin by both the mainstream media and university officials. Or the fact that Hillary Clinton expressed concern over that State University of New York bus attack that never happened. Or the fact that both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris tweeted instant sympathy for Smollett after his phoney attack. This was an ‘attempted modern-day lynching’, said Harris, without the benefit of evidence. …

He made it up … hoaxer

It is the social infrastructure of wokeness that nurtures the identitarian lies.

These ‘hoaxes’ are best understood as attempts to secure influence in the court of victimhood. They are also proof of just how socially divisive and destructive the new politics of race can be, with its invitation to minority groups to perceive of themselves as victims of horrible white people and their white-supremacist ways, even though that clearly is not the case. All it took to knock back the dangerous myths about racial hatred at BYU and that Ohio bakery was reasoned investigation. That’s the tool that will help us take down the fact-lite, society-harming racial McCarthyism of the 21st century — reason.

Meanwhile, the number of verifiable anti-white race hate incidents keeps rising and rising, but the mainstream won’t touch them: