fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

The purpose of this site is to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of "hate crimes" committed (mostly) in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the original book on this subject. The recent book Hate Crime Hoax also adds to Wilcox's work. Watching the Watchdogs is very useful, and so is Fake Hate Map.
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256. Students had been invited to express their feelings about the election by writing them on Post-it no... 2016-11-20 Madison WI http://www.mindingthecampus.org/2016/11/pro-trump-m... Pro-Trump message investigated as hate crime / At Edgewood College in Wisconsin, administrators are investigating a message telling the losers in the recent presidential election to "suck it up, pussies" as a hate crime. It's actually protected / 2016-11-27
255. A complaint regarding homophobic harassment supposedly done in the name of Donald Trump has been inv... 2016-11-14 Chicago IL http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8445 Another pro-Trump ‘hate crime’ deemed a hoax / A bisexual student alleged that she received mail that read “back to hell” and “#trump,” along with homophobic slurs. The university president says it was an invention. / 2016-11-24
254. Black student, Eleesha Long, falsely claimed to have been racially assaulted & harassed by 3 white m... 2016-11-09 Bowling Green OH http://www.13abc.com/content/news/BG-police-say-stu... BG police say student lied about politically driven attack / Eleesha Long, a black student at Bowling Green State University, falsely claimed to have been racially assaulted and harassed by three white men / 2016-11-17
253. Black man in Malden, MA admits filing false report of hate crime 2016-11-15 Malden MA http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/201... Man admits to faking hate crime in Malden / A black man in Malden, MA admits that he falsely claimed to have been racially harassed & intimidated by two white men / 2016-11-18
252. Police say Scott Lattin vandalized his own truck with messages like "F--- your flag, your family, yo... 2016-09-08 Whitney TX http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-vandal... Texas man vandalizes own truck with anti-police messages, blames it on Black Lives Matter activists: cops / The police have alleged that Scott Lattin vandalized his own truck with anti-police messages, and blamed it on Black Lives Matter activists. He raised $6000 on a GoFundMe page, which is now taken do / 2016-11-18
251. There is no police report or video evidence. 2016-11-10 Seattle Washington https://www.facebook.com/hinkwei.tu/posts/102100171... Facebook claim / 2016-11-10
250. It was simple vandalism (grafitti) consisting of a campaign slogan and not a racial slur nor 'racial... 2016-11-10 Stevens Point Wisconsin http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Reports-of-racial-... Reports of racial vandalism post election at UWSP / Someone wrote 'Trump for Prez' on a black student's dorm room door and the reporter labeled it as 'racial vandalism'. / 2016-11-11
249. Not a hoax. A traffic accident started the interaction but the black people immediately made it raci... 2016-01-01 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr_17ZCJLg8 Man Who Got Jumped For Being A Donald Trump Supporter Speaks Out /
248. Claim: Gay Canadian filmmaker Chris Ball was severely beaten and bloodied by emboldened Donald Trump... 2016-11-08 Santa Monica CA http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/11/09/cal... Canadian film producer Chris Ball was bloodied shortly after the election by supporters of Donald Trump / After the 2016 U.S. general election wound down, stories of a more dangerous United States began popping up on social media. According to one such story, gay Canadian film producer Chris Ball was badly /
247. Around 5 a.m.., three vehicles and one house were spray-painted, each in black, with messages that r... 2016-11-09 Philadelphia PA http://www.phillyvoice.com/more-racist-donald-trump... VIDEO: Suspect wanted for racist Trump vandalism in South Philly /
246. Victim stated it was about a traffic related issue. 2016-11-09 Chicago IL http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/police-investigate... Chicago man beaten for traffic incident, not Trump support. / Victim didn't have Trump paraphernalia and did not state voting preference. Victim stated that the cause of the incident was a traffic-related problem. Audio of a female on the video suggests a / 2016-11-10
245. A female student at UL-Lafayette claimed that two males, one wearing Trump clothing, assaulted her. ... 2016-11-09 Lafayette Louisiana http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-say-student-lied-ab... Police say student lied about attack by Trump supporter / 2016-11-09
243. Someone posted nasty racist tweets and images on twitter and students' cars in the Abilene Christian... 2014-04-03 Abilene TX http://www.ktxs.com/news/abilene/acu-students-and-f... ACU students and faculty wear white to stand against racism / Someone incited racism by posting tweets and images in Abilene TX. It was later found out that the perpetrator was african american and a hoax. / 2016-10-14
242. No noose is good noose 2015-09-23 Newark DE http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/24372/ No noose, but UD group proceeds to protest ‘unsatisfactory racial curriculum and general racist tone’ / There was nothing — repeat, nothing — racial attributed to the remnants of lanterns that were hanging in a tree at the University of Delaware this past week. An immediate social media firestorm had / 2015-09-26
241. The student thought she saw a noose last year, but it was just a piece of cable. Rather than being e... 2016-10-19 Baton Rouge LA http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29583/ Alleged hate crime at LSU sparks anger; victim caused faux outrage over ‘noose’ last year / Black student at Louisiana State University Clarke Perkins claimed to have found a racist message hanging on her apartment door. / 2016-10-21
240. Miss Choudhury was convicted of wasting police time after they'd spent hours going through CCTV foot... 2015-11-13 Birmingham UK http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/632963/Muslim-woma... Muslim woman fined after LYING about being attacked for wearing hijab / A Muslim woman claimed she was attacked for wearing a hijab. CCTV footage showed she was on her own. / 2016-01-08
239. The referendum on EU membership in the UK supposedly led to an increase in hate crime. 2016-06-25 London UK http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/its-ti... It’s time to shoot down the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria / The exaggeration of hate crime in Britain since Brexit. / 2016-10-14
238. The University of La Crosse Hate Response Team said that over 10% of the reports it has received are... 2016-09-01 La Crosse WI http://campusreform.org/?ID=8180 Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L / A crucifix chalked on a wall was reported because it is offensive to lesbians and gays. / 2016-09-27
237. On Monday, the 26-year-old McSwiggan, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of vandalism over $400 ... 2016-09-30 Los Angeles CA http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/09/29/online-pe... Online Personality Charged With Felony Vandalism After Being Accused Of Filing False Police Report / On Monday, the 26-year-old McSwiggan, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of vandalism over $400 damage and one misdemeanor count of [filing a] false report to a peace officer. / 2016-09-30
236. Milo Yiannopoulos claims lesbians are particularly prone to commit hate crime hoaxes 2016-01-01 Auburn TX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7qysjyy4RI Why Do Lesbians Fake So Many Hate Crimes? / A summary of lesbian hate crime hoaxes in a talk at Texas Tech by Milo Yiannopoulos / 2016-09-12
235. A Muslim woman was set on fire in New York. The Guardian assumed it was a hate crime. The next day, ... 2016-09-12 New York NY https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/... A Muslim woman was set on fire in New York. Now just going out requires courage / A Muslim woman was set on fire in New York. The Guardian assumed it was a hate crime. The next day, it published another story saying a man had set several women alight, and only one of them was a Musl / 2016-09-13
234. According to a lawsuit filed against Michigan Tech, the university wrongfully expelled a student aft... 2015-11-01 Houghton MI http://campusreform.org/?ID=8116 'Poster boy for white hatred' sues Michigan Tech for scapegoating him / Matthew Schultz, a student, wrote “Gonna shoot all black people…….. A smile tomorrow.” Another student allegedly sent a screenshot the post on YikYak to the police, but altered so it only showed the fi / 2016-09-09
233. A 17-year-old claimed four neo-Nazis carved a swastika on her when she helped a migrant child. She w... 2007-11-01 München http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/urteil-im-mittw... Das Hakenkreuz selbst geritzt / 17-year-old girl convicted of carving herself with a swastika, and claiming it was done by a gang of four Nazis. / 2010-05-17
232. Julian Kinzel alleged in January that right wing extremists slashed him 17 times with a knife while ... 2016-01-01 Wismar http://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/verdacht-des-vor... Messerattacke offenbar erfunden - linker Jungpolitiker wird angeklagt / The prosecutor says Julian Kinzel slashed himself with a knife and made out it was neo-Nazis that did it. / 2016-07-15
231. A student at Ottoson Middle School falsely reported that he/she had received racist text messages ac... 2016-07-06 Arlington MA http://patch.com/massachusetts/arlington/racist-tex... 'Racist' Text Messages at Ottoson Fabricated: Police / A student at Ottoson Middle School sent himself/herself racist text messages and claimed to have been racially targeted. / 2016-07-06
230. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has charged Calum McSwiggan with making a false police report after... 2016-06-27 Los Angeles CA http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/30/youtube-... YouTube personality in 'gay hate crime attack' charged with making false police report after 'faking injuries' / A man said he was assaulted outside a West Hollywood club has been charged with filing a false police report and faking his injuries. London-native Calum McSwiggan – who runs a LGBT and lifestyle ch / 2016-06-
229. The perpetrator, a Syrian immigrant, admitted to painting swastikas before starting the fire. 2015-03-31 Inglostadt Bavaria https://www.rt.com/news/339226-syrian-refugee-arson... Syrian refugee admits to setting shelter on fire, spray-painting swastikas to frame far-right / A Syrian refugee has admitted to setting fire to a migrant hostel and painting swastikas to make it look it was Nazis who did it. / 2016-04-11
228. Student arrested for painting obscene pro-Donald Trump, anti-Mexico graffito is a social justice act... 2016-05-27 Chicago IL http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/06/01/depaul-stu... DePaul Students Traumatized by Pro-Trump Message, Rope Found After Milo Visit / A student has been arrested for painting "Trump 2016 - Fuck Mexico" on a sidewalk at DePaul University. He's a social justice student and activist. A rope tied in a noose has also been found - a regula / 2016-06-01
227. Marcus Owens, a black University of Iowa student, lied about being the victim of a hate crime and wa... 2016-05-17 Iowa City Iowa http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-su... Cops: Iowa student from Naperville lied about being victim of hate crime / Marcus Owens, a black University of Iowa student, lied to police about being the victim of a hate crime and was actually an instigator of drunken fights in Iowa City, Iowa. / 2016-05-17
226. Three black students at the University at Albany had been attacked on a city bus by a group of white... 2016-02-03 Albany NY http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/nyregion/racism-c... Racism Charges in Bus Incident, and Their Unraveling, Upset University at Albany / Surveillance videos did not support the accounts of the young women, Ms. Burwell, Alexis Briggs and Ariel Agudio. Neither did the statements of multiple fellow passengers. Rather than being victims of / 2016-03-01

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