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.

Report 319.

Articles/programs Details
447. A killing in Harlow: the shame of Remainers / Brendan O'Neill remembers the media-generated hysteria about the death of Arek Jozwik, a Polish man killed when a teenager hit him in a late night drunken fight - he fell over and his head hit the conc / 2017-09-15
Type of hoax: crime but not hate crime


Harlow UK

After a Polish man died in a drunken fight in August last year, the media claimed it was a murder inspired by racism connected with Brexit. As it became clear that it was neither a murder nor a hate crime, the hacks quietly dropped the story.