What is fueling fake hate crimes across the U.S.?
By Doug McKelway
Published April 20, 2017
WASHINGTON – Last week, an Indian-owned store in Charlotte, N.C. was set afire, a rock thrown through the window and a racist note left behind. It read, in part: “We need to get rid of Muslims, Indians and all immigrants.” It was signed, “White America.”
Days later, police arrested a suspect. He was not a white supremacist, nor a Donald Trump supporter, nor Caucasian. He was an African-American man, 32-year-old Curtis Flournoy. Surveillance video showed him lighting the fire.
The FBI does not track fake hate or false flag crimes, making them nearly impossible to quantify. …
“The motivations are, first of all, they’re usually trying to solve some personal problem. The way they try to solve it typically involves their seeking attention for themselves or their appearing to be the victim, because they want the benefits of the victim role,” he said.
Exacerbating the prevalence of fake hate crimes – the victimology industry has found favor in contemporary society, especially on college campuses, where safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and the demonization of “dominant while male culture” has become common place.
A question on Fox News would dare ask. I’m glad the article author doesn’t fall into the one-size-fits-all trap of offering just one explanation for a rather diverse phenomenon.
I’d offer a couple more. Some/many/most fake “Hate Crimes” whose "victims are Muslims are done for the purpose of labeling/libeling critics of real problems among Muslims as bigots. Another kind of fake “Hate Crime” has the purpose of slandering someone or some group - e.g. Trump supporters.