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 also recommended.

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459. Caught on video and admission by perp 2022-02-09 Sacramento California

Student admits to racist graffiti at Sacramento school: ‘A prank that went sideways’

Sacramento Bee

Rosalia Ahumada and Nathaniel Levine


Activists demanded "accountability" when graffiti apparently ordering racial segregation was found by a water fountain at McClatchy High School in Sacramento, CA. Then a black student confessed to doing it. The tone changed: “It was a prank that went sideways is my characterization of what the young woman said in her confession,” Mark Harris, a "community liaison" said while standing alongside Black community leaders. “It should be a moment for our community to come together and make sure this doesn’t destroy this person’s life.” “We also will remain focused on supporting the healing of students and staff who have been impacted by this troubling act of vandalism” said Superintendent Jorge Aguilar.

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