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 books Hate Crime Hoax and Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics are recommended, as are the websites Watching the Watchdogs and Fake Hate Map.

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310. Pastor admits he lied about a Whole Foods incident that caused a public outcry / In a statement on Monday, Brown said: The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story. I want to apologize to Whole Foods and its team mem / 2016-05-17
Type of hoax: admitted - crime never took place


Austin TX

Gay pastor falsely accused Whole Foods of adding Homophobic Slur to cake he ordered.