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Right after Donald Trump’s election, the SPLC really stoked panic. A pro-gay Episcopal church in Indiana was vandalized w/“Heil Trump,” a swastika, & an anti-gay slur. Turns out it was the gay organ player who did it. He was only charged w/a misdemeanor. indystar.com/story/news/201…
Days after the Pittsburgh massacre, Trump supporters were blamed for Nazi vandalism at a Brooklyn synagogue & fires in a Jewish community. Turns out the perpetrator was a gay black man who had worked with city council on an initiative to fight hate crimes. newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/11/02/bro…
One week before the presidential election, a black church in Mississippi was burned in an arson attack. “Vote Trump” was written on the building. After much panic, an investigation revealed that the man responsible was a church member. Andrew McClinton: washingtonpost.com/news/morning-m…
In Nov 2016 a Muslim student at the University of Louisiana said two white racist Trump supporters brutally assaulted her, ripped off her hijab, & robbed her. The story went viral.

It was a lie. Media never identified her by name after hoax was revealed. klfy.com/amp/news/lafay…
I remember that Trump & his supporters were blamed for a spate of anti-Semitic, KKK & Nazi graffiti on the campus of Nassau Community College in Long Island in late 2016. The student responsible was Jasskirat Saini: abc7ny.com/news/man-charg…
In Dec 2016 a Muslim woman said she was attacked by 3 white Trump supporters in NYC on the subway. She said they tried to rip off her hijab.

Yasmin Seweid lied. CAIR said Muslims are under tremendous “stress & pressure” resulting in incidents like this. nytimes.com/2016/12/14/nyr…
In Sep. 2018 a black woman in Long Island said Trump supporters confronted her & told her “she didn’t belong here.” Her car tire was slashed the next day & a hateful note was left behind saying “go home.”

Adwoa Lewis made up the whole story. nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Wom…
In Nov 2018 students at Goucher College demanded social justice training & safe spaces after racist, Nazi, & KKK graffiti was found on campus. Someone even wrote the names of black students. Trump was blamed.

Fynn Arthur, a black student, was responsible. baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…
In 2017 @StOlaf College was roiled by mass protests in response to anti-black notes found across campus. Class was cancelled & admin caved to demands. An investigation found that Samantha Wells, a black victim of one of the notes, fabricated the incident. startribune.com/st-olaf-report…
In Nov 2016 a Philadelphia neighborhood was rattled when property was vandalized with pro-Trump and anti-black messages. William Tucker was identified as the vandal through CCTV footage. phillyvoice.com/new-jersey-man…
In Nov 2016 a black female student at @VillanovaU in PA said a group of white men yelling "Trump!" knocked her to the ground on campus. However a police & university investigation was halted because the student didn't want to pursue the matter. philly.com/philly/news/20…
In Nov 2017 near @KState University, a black man's car was vandalized with racist messages. Class was cancelled & students held demonstrations. Dauntarius Williams later admitted to police that he did it himself. Police did not charge him. kansas.com/news/state/art…
In autumn 2018 at @KState U, a note was left on an apartment that read "Beware n***ers live here! Knock at your own risk." The "victim" admitted to police that s/he did it himself. This was the 2nd time s/he had fabricated a hate incident in 2 years. kansas.com/news/local/edu…
.@UMich student Halley Bass told police a Trump supporter attacked her by scratching her face in Nov 2016. She said she was targeted for wearing a pin in support of UK Remain. As her story fell apart, she admitted to scratching herself. mlive.com/news/ann-arbor…
Who remembers when Trump was blamed for the spate of death threats to Jewish community centers across the US? Juan Thompson, a reporter who worked for @theintercept, was convicted for the hoax threats + other offenses. justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/j… #HateHoax
2016: Muslim student at @UMich claimed she was attacked by a white man who threatened to burn her hijab. It never happened. CAIR said the attack is “just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since the election of Donald Trump as president.” freep.com/story/news/loc… #HateHoax
One day after 2016 election, Eleesha Long, a student at @bgsu in Ohio said that white males wearing Trump shirts threw rocks at her & hurled racial slurs. Alleged incident sparked rage on campus, & uni hosted a "town hall." Long made it all up. 13abc.com/content/news/B… #HateHoax
On election night, Canadian Chris Ball said he was beaten by anti-gay Trump supporters in Santa Monica. His friend shared a photo on social media (notice the immaculate watch). Police said he never filed report & he didn't go to any hospitals in the area. facebook.com/santamonicapd/…
Charlotte: April 2017 Curtis Flournoy set an immigrant business on fire & left note saying “Trump is our nation builder for White America." When CCTV showed that perpetrator was black, some sites said it was a white Trump supporter in disguise. #HateHoax charlotteobserver.com/news/local/art…
Nov 2016: Students at @WilliamsCollege dumped fake blood on campus & wrote “AM KKK KILL." Campus police notified FBI & state police. Investigation found that perpetrators did it “to bring attention to the effects of the presidential election." web.archive.org/web/2018052214… #HateHoax
Nov 2016 Chicago: Taylor Volk, a bisexual student at @NPU said she received hateful pro-Trump, anti-gay messages. "This is a countrywide epidemic all of a sudden,” she said at the time. The investigation found that she fabricated the story. nbcchicago.com/news/local/nor… #HateHoax
2016: A message was written at @elonuniversity that read “Bye bye Latinos hasta la vista.” Students raged, saying the campus was unsafe & racist. Admin panicked. Investigation found that a Latino student wrote it as “commentary” on the election. elonnewsnetwork.com/article/2016/1… #HateHoax
2 students at @babson drove thru campus waving flag to celebrate election. Peers said they spat on someone, yelled racist & anti-gay slurs. This was a lie, but everyone believed it. They were kicked out fraternity. Investigation cleared them of wrongdoing. bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/…
Nov 2016 DE: Ashley Boyer, who is black, said 4 white racist males threatened her. She said charges were filed. When social media post went viral, Smyrna Police announced that the incident was never reported. Boyer didn’t respond to journalists. phillyvoice.com/police-no-offi… #HateHoax
After the election, a banner in the east Bay area sparked fury. It read: "You can hang a n—r from a tree, equal rights he'll never see." People feared this was now #TrumpsAmerica. The man who put up the sign is black & did it to protest court system. kron4.com/news/only-on-k…
After election, Kathy Tu, student at @UMNews said she was attacked by racist white male in viral FB post. She said she fought back & was handcuffed by police. Students demanded campus suspend racists. Campus police said they never interacted w/Tu mndaily.com/article/2016/1… #HateHoax
In Nov. 2016, a man in Malden, MA told police he was confronted by two racist white males who made a reference to lynching & said it is “Trump country now.” He fabricated the whole story.

Sound familiar?
bostonherald.com/2016/11/18/man… #HateHoax
Correction: This was the second hoax hate attack at the university in two years. I misstated that it was the same person responsible for both hoaxes.
In June 2018, Michael Kadar, a Jewish Israeli-American, was convicted for making HUNDREDS of violent threats to US Jewish orgs, schools, & community centers. Trump was blamed for the culture of anti-Semitism. nytimes.com/2018/06/28/wor… #HateHoax
Anti-Muslim graffiti saying things like Trump’s “#MuslimBan” was found on @Beloit_College in 2017. College increased security. Investigation found that Michael Kee, a Muslim student, did it himself for attention. mystateline.com/news/beloit-po… #HateHoax
Nov 2018: Anthony Derlunas was watching performance of Fiddler on the Roof in Baltimore. The story of the Jewish persecution reminded him of Trump so he shouted "Heil Hitler, heil Trump!" Audience freaked out, thinking it was about to be a violent attack. baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…
Nov 2016: Jewish residents in a San Francisco community were rattled when a Nazi flag flew high outside a neighbor’s home right after election. Turns out it was an anti-Trump protest by Frederick Roeber, who believed we were ushering in Nazism. sfgate.com/news/article/S… #HateHoax
One of the most prominent #HateHoax blamed on Trump supporters is the Covington scandal. In Jan ‘19 Nathan Phillips lied about: being mobbed by the kids, them “attacking” the black cult (their “prey”), them hurling racist slurs, + more. Media lapped it up. freep.com/story/news/loc…
In Sep 2017, racist messages were left outside the rooms of 5 black cadets. Discovery led to uproar across country. Turns out it was a black cadet who targeted himself & others. @washingtonpost editorial board had used incident to spite Trump: washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-div… #HateHoax
"Deplorable? 69 year old woman punched in face by Trump supporter outside NC rally,” read the headline. Shirley Teter said she was attacked unprovoked & the 73 year old man was charged. The charge against him was later dismissed. He sued her for slander. citizen-times.com/story/news/loc…
Aug 2017, @WSUPullman dorm evacuated after swastika & bomb threat graffiti found. Campus raged. Earlier in month there was another bomb threat. Year before, “N—r Trump 2016” was found etched on library desk. Swastika & bomb threats made by RA Jose Tecuatl. kxly.com/news/former-ws…
Feb 2018 Tampa: Terri Silar said in viral post someone left monkey at her desk w/note: "You are getting deported back to Africa n—r & that will make America great again." She has fraud conviction & was inconsistent to media. Post now deleted/made private. wtsp.com/article/news/c…
Another incident blamed on Trump’s America at the time: In Jan 2017 in Ohio, a Muslim family’s home was painted w/a swastika & message that read “F— Arabs.” Man who did it was Osama Nazzal, an Arab. 13abc.com/content/news/S… #HateHoax
Nov 2018: At @DrakeUniversity, thousands of students rallied against white supremacy after 5 racist notes found. Person responsible for 4 was Kissie Ram, who targeted herself. 5th note went to Keith Walker earlier in month. He refused to cooperate w/police desmoinesregister.com/story/news/edu…
In April 2017, Azhar Hussain, an assist prof at @indianastate, was targeted in email threats against Muslims. He also claimed to be assaulted on campus. He wrote those emails himself & faked attack. tribstar.com/news/isu-profe… #HateHoax
July 2018 Texas: Khalil Cavil, a waiter at @SaltgrassSteak, took to FB to claim that a customer wrote "We don't tip terrorist" on receipt. Post went viral. He didn't go to police. Restaurant then banned customer for life. Cavil made it all up. theroot.com/we-dont-tip-te… #HateHoax
Nov 2017: Marquie Little, a black sailor, posted on FB that his bed was trashed w/a racist message. “I proudly serve the Navy & this is what I’m receiving in return." The Naval Criminal Investigative Service found that he did it to himself. navytimes.com/news/your-navy… #HateHoax
April 2016 Austin,Texas: Jordan Brown, a gay pastor, posted viral video where he was emotional & said that Whole Foods wrote "Love Wins F*G" on cake he ordered. He launched a lawsuit during a highly publicized press conference. It was fabricated. kxan.com/news/local/aus… #HateHoax
2018 Ore.: Lesbians Lucinda Mann & Megan Stackhouse accused man of brutally beating them, breaking arm w/his bare hands, & making 1 of them unconscious. Story got worldwide attention & he was jailed. There was a GoFundMe. Med records debunked their claims. oregonlive.com//pacific-north…
Aug 2018 MI: A young black girl said a white man urinated on her & called her a racial slur. Grand Rapids police canvassed neighborhood & arrested a white man. @NAACP called for hate & sex charges. The girl & her friends made up the entire story. detroitnews.com/story/news/loc… #HateHoax
Aug 2015 Chicago: Owner of Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, a gay club, admitted to burning down his own business for insurance money. The attack was blamed on homophobia. The owner even wrote anti-gay slurs in the bar. Activists pounced at the time. abc7chicago.com/news/owner-adm… #HateHoax
Nov 2015 NJ: Kayla-Simone McKelvey, a race activist & former pres of Pan African Student Union at @KeanUniversity, brought attention to racist death threats at a campus rally. She had earlier left the event to write the threats & then returned. nj.com/union/2015/12/… #HateHoax
Number of racist graffiti found across @EasternMichU 2016–17. It included “KKK” & messages telling blacks to leave. Protest erupted. Uni offered $10k reward money. Eddie Curlin, a black student, was responsible. He even pretended to be an informant. detroitnews.com/story/news/loc…
‘17 MI: Nikki Joly allegedly targeted in anti-trans attack that burnt the activist's home, killing all 5 pets. Joly later arrested after investigation. Gasoline found on his clothes. Colleagues said he was unhappy LGBT issues weren’t controversial anymore. detroitnews.com/story/news/loc…
Jan 2016 NY: 3 female students at @ualbany said they were attacked by racist white men on a bus. Protests erupted w/demands for more diversity. Hillary weighed in. Turns out they weren’t victims but rather the aggressors against a white woman. nytimes.com/2016/03/02/nyr… #HateHoax
April 2015 UT: Richard Jones said he was victim of anti-gay attacks where people tried to make him drink bleach, knocked him unconscious, robbed him & “die f*g” carved on arms. His home was firebombed. A GoFundMe was set up. He staged all of it. ksl.com/article/353089… #HateHoax
Nov 2016 KY: Group of teens went inside Portofino restaurant. They stole property & was confronted by employees. They went to media to claim they were victims of cruel racist verbal abuse & profiling. BLM tried to shut down business. They lied. wkyt.com/content/news/T… #HateHoax
Nov 2015 Michigan: Saida Chatti, an Arab woman, made up a story about anti-Muslim people planning to bomb Dearborn Fordson High School as retaliation for the Paris attacks. detroitnews.com/story/news/loc… #HateHoax
July 2016 Bay Area, CA: Jesus Cabrera said three racist white men stabbed him with a screwdriver & called him racial slurs. He even gave physical descriptions. He fabricated whole story. He actually got in a fight with rival graffiti gang. nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Eas… #HateHoax
Aug 2015 MI: Mari Poindexter, a lesbian academic at @CMUniversity, said she was punched in the face, spit on, & called a "cross-dressing f*g." Community rallied together. She later admitted to punching herself to bring awareness to LGBT issues. mlive.com/news/saginaw/2… #HateHoax
2015 Michigan: Maha Aldhalimi, a devout Muslim woman, claimed in a lawsuit that the Dearborn Police made her remove her hijab in the presence of male officers for a booking photo. Muslim activists pounced. Video surveillance showed that she lied. patch.com/michigan/dearb… #HateHoax
2015 TX: Dorothy Bland @dbprof, former dean of journalism school @MaybornUNT, said she was profiled & harassed by racist police for “walking while black.” Dashcam footage showed she was erratic in middle of street & was treated politely & professionally. washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/…
March 2016 Seattle: @AfricatownSEA Center for Education & Innovation was burglarized & targeted w/graffiti showing swastikas & message saying "N—ger babies/Vote Trump." Politicians & media pounced. Man arrested was an African volunteer. spdblotter.seattle.gov/2016/03/26/bur… #HateHoax
March 2016 NYC: Egyptian Muslim woman wearing hijab said she was attacked by a white man who called her a “f—ing terrorist” & slashed her face with a blade. She lied. She slashed her own face. She did not face charges. nbcnewyork.com/news/local/EMS… #HateHoax
March 2016 Miami: Jordan Schaeffer & Eric Danko claimed in viral media story they were viciously gay bashed in Burger King for kissing. Witnesses, some who are gay, came forth saying that’s a lie & the intoxicated couple initiated fight w/others lgbtqnation.com/2016/04/witnes… #HateHoax
A “noose” was found in a dorm at @michiganstateu in Oct 2017, sparking rage & a quick rebuke from the university president. Turns out it was just 1/2 of a lost pair of shoelaces. Need more evidence of grievance hysteria in academe? wlns.com/news/6-news-on… #HateHoax
April 2016 MD: Drawing of a lynched stick figure & message “white power” found on whiteboard at @SalisburyU. It sparked rage on campus. Investigation found it was a #HateHoax by black students. Activists were mad the race of hoaxers was revealed by police. delmarvanow.com/story/news/loc…
April 2016 NC: Trans woman Alexis Adams said she was escorted out of ladies’ toilet by security at Durham Transit Center in viral story. City officials said there was no evidence this happened after talking to staff & police. CCTV shows her leaving alone. myfox8.com/2016/05/01/tra…
Dec 2015 Seattle: Muslim teen who died sparked accusations by activists & politicians that an ‘Islamophobic’ hate attack had occurred. Socialist council woman @cmkshama spread this rumor. Investigation found that teen fell over balcony after smoking weed. seattletimes.com/seattle-news/c…
April 2016 Iowa: Marcus Owens, a student at @uiowa, claimed he was beat up by 3 racist white men in an alley. Campus & community raged. CCTV footage showed a drunk Owens starting 3 separate fights w/people. chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperv… #HateHoax
February 2019 SC: Darnell Byrd McPherson, mayor of Lamar, believes her family's cars were vandalized in a racist hate crime. She even had a suspect in mind & contacted police. It was pollen. She is still determined someone put it there. washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/… #HateHoax
Jonathan Williams (@shovemedia) posted this photo of klan hoods on a Confederate statue in Raleigh on 4 March, 2019. It is a #HateHoax.
March 2019 Raleigh: Jonathan Alan Williams posted a viral photo of klans hoods on a Confederate statue dedicated to women & children. He used photo to call for the statue to be taken down. He put the hoods on it himself & was arrested same day. #HateHoax newsobserver.com/news/local/art…
May 2016 Illinois: Marvin L.F. Lacy said someone broke into his BBQ restaurant & cut off the electricity. He then says he received a threatening, racist anti-black letter in mail. Police arrested him for fabricating incidents. news-gazette.com/news/local/201… #HateHoax
May 2016 Chicago: @DePaulU social justice activist Peter Myers tried to frame College Republicans for writing "Trump 2016” & “F— Mexico” in oil paint on campus. Campus raged. Myers was arrested over the vandalism incident. depauliaonline.com/22986/news/dep… #HateHoax
Nov 2018 MN: Dominique Moran fired by @ChipotleTweets after she asked dine-&-dashers to pay beforehand. The Somali men said it was a racist incident. After it was discovered that man in group brags about stealing food, Moran was offered job back. startribune.com/chipotle-offer… #HateHoax
Sep 2018 at @ohiou: Anna Ayers, a student senator said she received anti-LGBT death threat letters. She gave a speech at the senate meeting, calling perpetrator “worthless.” She was convicted for fabricating the letters that she sent to herself. #HateHoax thepostathens.com/article/2018/1…
July 2018 Waco: Latina waitress shared viral social media story & photo about receiving a racist receipt message from an employee of the sheriff’s office. That person received barrage of threats online. Waitress confessed to writing it herself. kwtx.com/content/news/A… #HateHoax
Oct 2017 Kansas City: A black church was set on fire & “KKK,” an incorrect swastika, & “Ni—er” was written on its windows. Church employee Nathaniel D. Nelson did it to cover up crack habit & money theft. justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/c… #HateHoax
Aug 2018 Philadelphia: A hanging black doll made a community fear & rage. They came together to “condemn the atrocity.” Investigation found that two black males under age of 13 had hung the doll as a prank. 6abc.com/officials-2-bo… #HateHoax
May 2018 Houston: Zavion Parker said he escaped a kidnapping by white supremacists. He said one of them wore shirt “I hate black people.” Internet & community raged. Zavion made up whole story & innocents were blamed. Police didn’t file charges. abc13.com/hpd-teens-stor… #HateHoax
April 2018 VA: Muslim teen said man grabbed her, threatened her with a knife, ripped off her hijab, & placed his hand over her mouth so she couldn’t scream. She made it all up & was charged for filing false report. wjla.com/news/local/pol… #HateHoax
Sep 2017 @UofMaryland: Students raged when a swastika was found on a trash bin in a dorm. Ronald Alford Sr. was charged over the vandalism. He’s black. #HateHoax fox5dc.com/news/local-new…
Oct/Nov 2017 again at @UofMaryland: More racist graffiti found caused students to rage. Ex-employee Terrell Demonte Alexander was charged for the vandalism. WaPo, NBC, Baltimore Sun, etc reported on the charges but didn’t mention that he’s black. thecollegefix.com/news-reports-o… #HateHoax
Nov-Dec 2017 NYC: Swastikas & other symbols found in multiple Manhattan buildings. NYPD’s hate crimes task forced investigated & released a photo of the suspect from the CCTV footage: patch.com/new-york/grame… #HateHoax
Nov 2017 NJ: 5 black churches were vandalized, prompting bias investigation. Some in congregation didn’t attend services out of fear. Zuri Towns, who attended one of the churches, admitted to the vandalism. nj.com/morris/2017/11… #HateHoax
Nov 2017 MO: “White Lives Matter N—er” was written on the girls’ bathroom mirror at @pchcolts High School prompting fear & rage. A “non-white” student of color admitted to the vandalism following investigation. stltoday.com/news/local/edu… #HateHoax
2017 NYC: Danielle Serini’s life was turned upside-down when she was framed for sending anti-black letters to institutions & people. She was arrested & her private practice was closed from the bad publicity. She was framed by Jennifer Becker. silive.com/news/2017/11/e… #HateHoax
2015: Top @Mizzou admin resigned after sustained protests by students who claimed racism everywhere. Jonathan Butler led the protests w/a hunger strike. He said he was jumped by racist whites & his door was vandalized. WSJ investigation found NO EVIDENCE. wsj.com/articles/a-dub…
Oct 2017 San Francisco: Swastikas & racial slurs written on floor at a BART station. Police release image of the suspect from the CCTV camera. kron4.com/news/man-draws… #HateHoax
Aug 2017 Las Vegas: athlete @mosesbread72 claimed in viral story that racist police threatened to “blow my f—king head off.” Media & NFL lionized him & condemned police. Then this video was released showing he was treated respectfully. tmz.com/2017/09/29/mic… #HateHoax
Sep 2017 Illinois: Mayor Roger Claar of Bolingbrook had swastikas spray painted all over his home. It was done by transsexual progressive activist Rachel Tuszynski who was angry that mayor is a pro-Trump conservative. chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/09/25/bol… #HateHoax
Sep 2017 Pennsylvania: Students of color targeted in racist online death threats. “Each and everyone...those n—s will be killed tomorrow,” read one post. School put on high alert. Student who made posts is black. nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Wes… #HateHoax
Feb 2017 Upstate NY: Andrew King reported to police that his home had been spray painted with swastikas. He went to media to share story while wearing a kippah. He was later arrested for faking the crime & may have even pretended to be Jewish. timesunion.com/news/article/S… #HateHoax
When Smollett’s story was reported to be a #HateHoax, I started gathering together stories of other fake hate crimes in America. Was shocked at how MANY there were in just the past few years. I’ve been continuing to add to this thread nearly every day. Scroll up & check it out.
Unfortunately through the myth of “good intentions,” many hate hoaxers never get charged, much less convicted. This skews the number of confirmed hate hoaxes, allowing activist journalists to pounce & say that fake hate crimes are almost non-existent. Don’t believe them.
June 2017 Ohio: @lsarsour helped raise over $111k for Somali woman she said was beaten by a racist white man. CAIR said it was a hate crime. Police reveal that woman got in fight w/Latina who’s boyfriend intervened. No charges filed. cleveland.com/metro/2017/06/… #HateHoax
Sep 2015 Portland: Activist Kaki Marshall sicced mob on Roseway Barber accusing them of denying her service because of gender. Owner said she came in w/a style request they didn’t understand. She told media she wanted to teach them seminar on “gender binary oppression.” #HateHoax
Nov 2015 @michigantech: Matthew Schultz was expelled & arrested after activists brought attention to a post they said he made. Except it was doctored & cut out the part that showed it was a stupid joke. He wrote: “Gonna shoot all black people A smile tomorrow." He sued the uni.
June 2016 W. Hollywood: YouTuber @CalumMcSwiggan claimed in viral post he was attacked by 3 homophobes. Investigation found he had vandalised car in a fight. Police saw him hitting himself w/prison payphone while in custosy. He maintains he was the victim. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/artic…
Jan 2017 @bgsu: Student @autumpatrice shared viral video about a KKK meeting on campus. Students panicked. Turns out it was just lab equipment. #HateHoax telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/2…
Aug 2017 DC: Residents panicked & called police after seeing a rope they said was a noose at a construction site. They demanded a hate crime investigation. Police found rope was part of equipment used by construction crew to move heavy objects. dcist.com/story/17/08/09… #HateHoax
July 2017 Phoenix: Gay community left shaken after local LGBT youth center was set on fire in arson attack. Darren William Beach Jr., a former member, was arrested over the incident. azcentral.com/story/news/loc… #HateHoax
Feb 2017: Progressive celebrity @SarahKSilverman confused pavement construction markings for swastikas by neo-Nazis. #HateHoax
June 2018: Talia Lavin @chick_in_kiev was a @NewYorker mag fact checker when she wrongly accused a disabled vet of having a Nazi tattoo in viral post. She resigned from NYer but went on to be a researcher of right-wing extremism for Media Matters & journalism instructor at NYU.
VA Feb 2016: City attorney Brian Telfair received a threatening racist call. He told police the person was a “redneck.” Turns out he used burner phone to call himself. Who remembers TMZ reported that a “redneck” was at Smollett’s apartment? richmond.com/news/local/cen… #HateHoax
Aug 2017 Boston: The New England Holocaust museum was vandalized. Politicians & media linked it to Charlottesville & the emboldening of white supremacists. James Isaac was arrested & charged for the destruction. His attorney blamed mental health issues. bostonherald.com/2017/06/28/van…
June 2017 @UofMaryland: Students panicked & raged after a “noose” was found on the ground & reported to campus police. Activists demanded the university do more to combat hate speech. Police said the “noose” was plastic trash. umpdnews.umd.edu/node/919

#HateHoax
March 2013 @oberlincollege: Students raged when it was reported that a person wearing a KKK outfit was spotted on campus. Admin panicked, cancelling all classes. Investigation found that the “klansman” was likely someone wrapped in a blanket. amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/31… #HateHoax
Nov 2018 Chicago: Heath Levey, a Jewish man, vandalized a neighborhood with swastikas shortly before the 2018 election. Related: Before 2016 election he was arrested & charged for allegedly threatening to rape & kill woman for being a Republican. #HateHoax cwbchicago.com/2019/04/jewish…
Breaking: Vandalisms on restaurant called “the most brazen" hate attacks in Winnipeg, Canada discovered to be a #HateHoax staged by owners. They’ve been arrested & charged. The incidents from 2019 sparked fears & discussions of rising hate crimes. cbc.ca/news/canada/ma…
April 2019 NM: Journalist & race activist @jennimonet claims she was the victim of double racism by liquor store & the responding police. Newly released video shows she was apparently an angry drunk. She has threatened to sue @krqe for reporting story. krqe.com/news/new-mexic…
Dec ‘16 Simi Valley, CA: Community rallied to support Muslims after alleged hate crime stabbing outside mosque. Trial actually exonerated Marco De La Cruz of hate crime charges. It was simply a drunken fight outside Jamia al-Raazi Islamic Center. vcstar.com/story/news/201… #HateHoax
Karen Mathews faked death threats to herself in 2013-14 during CA congressional run. 2 decades earlier, 9 people sent to prison based on her similar testimony that she was a victim of their violent rightwing terror. New questions if that was fabricated too miamiherald.com/news/nation-wo…
May 2017 NYC: Pakistani-American student at Queen’s College @QC_News said he was pulled into a van by 3 racist men who beat & robbed him. Said they told him to “get out of my country.” It was all made up. #HateHoax pix11.com/2017/05/27/que…
Nov 2016: Black @oberlincollege student stole alcohol from bakery & was detained by owner’s son who then got jumped by other black students. Activists & admin on campus claimed bakery was racist & nearly rioted. Now the bakery is suing Oberlin. chroniclet.com/cops-and-court… #HateHoax
May 2018 Portland: LGBT lobby group @basicrights implicated Trump admin when Gigi Pierce, a trans woman, was killed. Trial actually found that Pierce was fatally shot by her friend, a brown woman, when she allegedly tried to stab her in a fight. oregonlive.com/portland/2018/… #HateHoax
2016 TN: “I am a very racist white man & with Mr. Trump in the White House being the Prisdent white people going to take over the world.” Justin Coleman, a black man, sent fake racist death & rape threats to blacks. He received no jail time. mynbc5.com/article/hate-c… #HateHoax
Feb 2017 Texas: Students at @PWSHWolves were upset when they found racist slurs against blacks spray painted all over campus. CCTV showed that those responsible are black girls. Alexandria Butler & Elizabeth Police were arrested. dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/02/27/pla… #HateHoax
.@ThePaytonHead, a queer black activist who is the former president of @Mizzou student body gov & one of the main actors in the 2015 campus hate panic, lied about confirmed KKK people on campus. He also lied about working with the National Guard. krcgtv.com/news/local/mis… #HateHoax
April 2017: Official-looking notice posted on @Harvard campus says a student is “detained indefinitely” on suspicion of being an illegal alien. Students panicked. It was a fake stunt by Harvard’s Latino, Islamic, black & Palestine student groups. thecrimson.com/article/2017/4… #HateHoax
May 2019 NYC: 25-year-old unnamed man claimed he was brutally beat up on subway by 2 homophobes. However video footage & witness statements suggest he was actually the aggressor. Police believe he was also drunk. They do not plan to file charges. nypost.com/2019/05/27/sub… #HateHoax
May 2019 MA: Biology teacher Alfred Purcell III created a gun panic at his high school when he brought attention to a bullet he actually placed on the ground. The school was placed on lockdown. Purcell was arrested & charged. wcvb.com/article/mass-t…
April 2017 NYC: Curtis Campbell, a gay man, said he was the victim of a homophobic attack & death threats on the street. Police arrested the accused man. Case was dismissed after video footage showed Campbell lied & was the aggressor. nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-c… #HateHoax
March 2017: Numerous incidents of racist, sexist, homophobic graffiti rattled Charleston, SC. One of places targeted was library named after slain woman in attack at Emmanuel AME Church. Investigation led to arrest & charging of Cainin Milton. wach.com/news/local/bla… #HateHoax
May 2019 Morgantown, WV: Gay drag queen Jared Rote claimed in viral post he was viciously attacked by 3 people. Activists protested & demanded changes to hate crime laws. After police found inconsistencies in his story, he filed form to end investigation. wvpublic.org/post/morgantow…
June 2016 NYC: Woman claimed 3 people attacked & attempted to rape her as she was leaving NYC #Pride. CCTV video showed her walking home just fine. She recanted her statement after this was brought to her attention by police. nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-c… #HateHoax
March 2018: Student at @VincennesU said a racist person wearing a white “head covering” (hood?) threatened him with a gun & called him racial slurs. Campus admin sent out warning to community. CCTV showed the incident never happened. vinu.edu/web/external-r… #HateHoax
April 2018 Niagara Falls, Canada: Victoria Landell claimed she was gang raped by 5 black & Hispanic men. Police issued suspect descriptions. She lied. She was convicted for faking the story this month & only given probation time. stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/942… #HateHoax
Sept. 2019 Georgia: Former NFL player was arrested for allegedly faking a racist hate crime at his businesses blaming Trump supporters. Police caught him fleeing the scene w/black paint on his hands—the same color as the fresh paint of Nazi messages inside the shops. #HateHoax
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