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 in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the only book dedicated to this subject so far.

Report 221.

Articles/programs Details
 Kean University racism protester to face jail time for tweeting fake death threats / This would supplement report 214. Kayla-Simone McKelvey convicted and facing jail time. / 2016-01-16
 Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students / Kayla McKelvey, a former leader of a black student group pleaded guilty to creating a false public alarm by tweeting anonymous threats against fellow black college students at Kean University last fall / 2016-04-19
 Student activist gets 90 days in jail for fake racial threats on Twitter / Kayla McKelvey, a black student at Kean University, pleaded guilty to causing a false public alarm by creating a fake Twitter account that she then used to threaten the very protests she was attending, / 2016-06-18
Type of hoax: convicted - victim or accomplice(s) committed crime


Union New Jersey

Black woman later convicted of sending hat tweets.