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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618. Hate crime hoaxes: Students alleged KKK recruited on campus, vandalized black girl’s door / “The university strongly condemns the KKK and white supremacy, as the values held by these groups are contradictory to a sense of safety and belonging for our community” / 2022-01-26
Type of hoax: suspected


Salt Lake UT

Reports show that the police and university employees could not find evidence of Ku Klux Klan recruitment on campus and the rumor all came from a hearsay report from one student staff member at the University of Utah.