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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Articles/programs Details
601. Black man arrested for ‘N-word’ graffiti, swastikas at Emory University / Emory University’s Police Department on Wednesday arrested the man accused of writing racial slurs and swastikas at its autism center in early August. / 2021-09-24
603. HATE HOAX: Black employee arrested over racist graffiti on Emory University building / "These acts of racism and antisemitism are painful for all of us at the EAC and in the Emory community. They will not be tolerated, and every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators to justice" / 2021-09-27
Type of hoax: suspected


Atlanta GA

It was not until the Atlanta Journal Constitution published a police mugshot of the suspect that the public knew he is black. Up til then, it was easier to conclude it was a neo-Nazi.