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 recommended, as are the websites Watching the Watchdogs and Fake Hate Map.

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332. Anger at LSU at racist sign left on student's door / A student who had previously reported a "noose" which turned out to be a bit of wire reported a racist sign hung on her door. The university's president assumed it was genuine. / 2016-10-21
333. Alleged hate crime at LSU sparks anger; victim caused faux outrage over ‘noose’ last year / Black student at Louisiana State University Clarke Perkins claimed to have found a racist message hanging on her apartment door. / 2016-10-21
Type of hoax: suspected


Baton Rouge LA

The student thought she saw a noose last year, but it was just a piece of cable. Rather than being embarrassed, she doubled down, and said “if black students were more accepted here, I wouldn’t have thought a noose.”