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HOAX ALERT: Swastika, Racist Graffiti Reported At Northwestern University Library

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police at Northwestern University were investigating after someone scrawled racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in the school library.

“University police said a swastika and disparaging remarks about African Americans were scrawled in pencil in a men’s restroom at the library, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.”

University police said a swastika and disparaging remarks about African Americans were scrawled in pencil in a men’s restroom at the library, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, and the incident prompted a campus-wide e-mail alert from university President Morton Schapiro, issued Tuesday.

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Let the countdown begin! Predictably, these cases prove to be hoaxes, graffiti written by a white liberal activist, or a subversive “social justice warrior”, to stir up a false impression of intolerance, often even defending the act. How long before the facts are revealed?

While the alert said University Police see no immediate danger to the campus or any specific person, Schapiro called the graffiti “offensive to the entire Northwestern community” and said it will not be tolerated.

He wrote that “Northwestern seeks to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff of all races and religious beliefs.” Read the rest of this entry »


A recent history of hate-crime hoaxes

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Racism and hate are real. Hate crimes do happen — some violent, some just threatening.

But unfortunately, there is no shortage of wannabe heroes — who in most cases have never suffered discrimination — actively undermining the cause by committing fake hate crimes, often with the idea of drawing attention to an issue.

hateThe Daily Caller had a piece this week on a recent and especially pernicious hoax at Oberlin College, perpetrated by an overzealous, outspokenly liberal Obama campaigner and his friend. The two young men terrorized their campus with racist graffiti, flyers, and emails sent from a fake address using the name of the university’s president, at one point placing a flag with a swastika in a campus building. The incidents received national news coverage.

Incredibly, once the hoaxers had been discovered, suspended, and removed from campus, university administrators concealed their knowledge that it had been a hoax, leaving other students (and Americans in general) to fear that their campus was a far more dangerous and hostile place than it actually was.

Fake hate crimes are sometimes politically motivated, designed to get a reaction from people and convince them that hate is a really big problem — this is usually done by liberals, but in at least one prominent case (see below) it was done by a conservative. In other cases, the perps have other motives, such as financial fraud or a need for evidence to bolster a discrimination lawsuit.

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