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.

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 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
 Noose scare inspires Black Lives Matter gathering / Student newspaper records reaction to non-existent nooses. / 2015-09-24
 Hasty outrage: U. of Delaware, media go nuts over ‘nooses’ … turns out they’re parts of leftover decorations / The objects weren’t nooses; after an investigation, they were determined to be “remnants of paper lanterns” leftover from a previous event. "But despite the ongoing investigation at the time — to de / 2015-09-23
Type of hoax: suspected


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