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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421. A racist note sparked protests at a Minnesota college. The school now says the message was fake. / A racist threat against a black student at St. Olaf College was determined to be fabricated and not a genuine threat according to the college president. / 2017-05-10
422. St. Olaf: Report of racist note on black student's windshield was 'fabricated' / From the article: NORTHFIELD, MINN. – A racist threat against a St. Olaf student that touched off campuswide protests and forced the college to cancel classes earlier this month was a hoax, the scho / 2017-05-10
Type of hoax: admitted - crime never took place


Northfield MN

Student confessed to incident.