Sunday, November 22, 2015

What is the appropriate penalty for a hate crime hoax?

Via comment by Anonymous on Fake Hate: Black Student Arrested for Threatening ...

One sure hate crime hoax and one likely hate crime hoax have been in the news in the past few days. At Delta College in Michigan, a person who posted on YikYak that he was going to "shoot every black person I can on campus" turned out to be Emmanuel D. Bowden, a black student.

At Harvard, there was a big outcry this week after students found black tape defacing the photographs of all of the black Harvard Law School professors. It turned out that the black tape was identical to the tape used by a group of activist black students at Harvard Law who used it the very same day to cover up Harvard Law School's current seal, which incorporates the coat of arms of a slaveholding family involved with the school's founding. While it isn't yet certain, this appears to be yet another hoax.

I've always felt that if a false accusation of rape can result in a prison term of, say, five years for an innocent man, if it can be proven that it was a maliciously false charge, the accuser should get an equivalent sentence herself. After all, this is what the accuser was trying to get for her victim, so that seems only fair.

So it should be with a hate crime hoax.


  1. DEATH and DEATH to those who sponsor such fantasyland legislation!

  2. OT (sorta):

    From the comment section of that article:

    On the incorrect crime statistics Trump tweeted, I don't agree that it was a bad move.

    Trump's MO is "go big" and hit in the general direction of the target. Enough will stick that no one will remember you were "wrong".


    Trump: I'm worth $10 billion.

    Media: No, you're not: You're only worth $8 billion! So there!

    Common man: Holy sh*t, this guy is rich and successful!!

    Latest crime stat "gaffe":

    Trump: Blacks murder at 10x the white rate.

    Media: No they don't! It's only 8x!!

    Common man: Wow, Blacks are much more violent. Trump is on to something.

    Takeaway: Trump plays the media for rubes and has them act as his personal megaphone.