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.

Report 68.

Articles/programs Details
98. Cross Burning Suspect is Black / "It's the fact that he's black brings a totally different dimension to the thing" said one of the victims of the cross burnings. / 1984-02-26
100. Arrest stuns cross-burning victims / 1984-02-26
101. Black man is charged in four cross-burnings / 1984-02-25
Type of hoax: charged with committing crime


Bensalem PA

Albert A Dawson, a 28 year old black man, was charged with 'ethnic intimidation' for setting fire to crosses on the front lawns of interracial couples. At the time, it had been believed that white racists had set the fires.