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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Articles/programs Details
504. How a supermarket spat became a ‘hate crime’ / The media mostly assumed that Erica Thomas was a victim of 'hate' stirred up by president Trump. / 2019-07-24
505. ‘The Hate Is Real’: Black Georgia Lawmaker Says She Was Berated at Supermarket / A black member of Georgia’s House of Representatives said she had been the target of verbal harassment and had been told “go back where you came from” at a grocery store near Atlanta on Friday. / 2019-07-21
Type of hoax: admitted - crime never took place


Atlanta GA

Erica Thomas, a Georgia politician, said that a white man told her to 'go back where you came from'. Thomas later clarified that she could not recall if Sparkes ever told her to ‘go back’...