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To understand the logic behind hate crime hoaxes I highly recommend "The Rise of Victimhood Culture" by @CampbellSocProf and @SocialGeometer amzn.to/2TSNtiP
In a victimhood culture, accusations of hate crimes are generally taken at face value, & calls for caution or due process are seen as being unfair to victims. Hoaxers generally escape punishment unless police get involved.
Before the hoax is discovered, the "victim" receives special moral status--he or she is put on a pedastal and is deferred to on all sorts of matters. The incentives for faking one's victimhood status are obvious.
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