Cataloguing Phony Campus Hate Crimes

by David Nussman  •  •  December 27, 2017   

Conservative news source reviews 17 hate-crime hoaxes from 2017

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DETROIT ( - A news outlet for conservative college students is closing the year with a review of the year's fake hate-crimes. 

The College Fix released an article on Tuesday listing 17 fake hate-crimes that took place this year at high schools and colleges in the United States. 

Authored by Amanda Tidwell, the piece notes that many of the fakes were fabricated by members of the Left in their dismay over Trump's election to the presidency in November 2016 and his inauguration in January 2017.

One of the better-known examples that Tidwell noted was a case of mistaken identity at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in northwest Ohio (about 25 miles from Toledo). A BGSU student took a photograph from outside, peering into a classroom, that seemed to show someone wearing a pointed white hood — the uniform of racist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The photograph exploded on social media, supposedly showing an "Active KKK group," according to the caption. But it turned out the white hood was actually a protective plastic sheet draped over laboratory equipment. Such covers are commonly used on microscopes and other equipment to ward off dust, fingerprints and other pollutants. 

Tidwell's list also includes a few fake claims that were technically from 2016. However, they were included in the list because the investigations were closed in early 2017 after police recognized them as hoaxes. 

One of these incidents from 2016 involved a female student at the University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor, west of Detroit). She told police that after Trump's election in November 2016, someone tried to pull down her hijab (Muslim head-scarf) and threatened to set her on fire. In February 2017, local authorities closed the case after determining that the alleged incident never actually happened. 

In February, a student at Capital University (in the suburbs of Ohio's capital city Columbus) admitted that the racial slurs and hate-letters repeatedly found on his door were forgeries. He admitted he was writing the letters and taping them to the door himself. In 2015, the same student did something similar, claiming he found a paper in his apartment with swastikas and racist slogans. (The 2015 hoax sparked campus discussions and marches and other forms of activism.) The student committing this fraud said he was doing it to get attention, to cope with a deep sense of loneliness. 

Gustavus Adolphus College, an Evangelical Lutheran liberal arts college in Minnesota, was also the site of hate-crimes fabricated by liberals. A group of leftist activists plastered fake posters on campus calling on caucasian students to report illegal immigrants to the police. The posters also called the United States a race-based "white nation." The college's Diversity Leadership Council took responsibility for the posters in March, giving a partial apology for the scandal. 

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