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.

Report 452.

Articles/programs Details
617. Did Covid Really Provoke an Anti-Asian Hate Epidemic in Canada? / There was a moral panic about hate crimes against East Asian people in Canada, caused by reactions to the Covid pandemic, in 2021. It was invented "by media organisations and advocacy groups that have / 2022-01-19
Type of hoax: suspected


Vancouver BC

A sampling of prominent articles that have asserted the existence of a “hate epidemic” reveals glaring problems: they rely solely on one or two anecdotes rather than citing context and hard, transparent statistics, and they routinely characterise all kinds of negative experiences as “racist attacks” or “expressions of racial hatred” when there is no expression of racial animus—simply because the offended person happens to be of Asian descent.