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Hate Crime Hoaxes

July 25, 2019

On a recent Quillette podcast, Kentucky State University professor Wilfred Reilly discusses hisĀ latest book, Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War.

Reilly is one of the few academics to take an in-depth look at hate crime hoaxes in recent years. His research extends from Laird Wilcox’s seminal 1989 work, Crying Wolf, right through the 2017 post-election hoax flap to the recent Jussie Smollett case.

Reilly credits the excellent Fake Hate Crimes website for much of the data on the past decade of hate crime hoaxes, which ultimately confirm what Wilcox was saying thirty years ago:

Whenever an abstract ideal acquires the moral urgency that racial equality or opposition to “bigotry” has today, it’s only a matter of time until we find individuals for whom the noble end justifies the questionable means.

The militant, moralizing fanatic — quick to compromise important principles in order to enjoy the flush of righteousness — is the stumbling block which any reasonable resolution of racial/ethnic problems must overcome.

What Wilcox could not predict in 1989, though, was the rise of social media and the very lucrative benefits accruing to hate crime hoaxers and the Hate Industry, even when the claims are later proven to be patently false.

Prof. Reilly has been interviewed numerous times since the release of Hate Crime Hoax, but the long-form Quillette interview allows more time to expand on his research and respond to a wide range of questions.

The resources listed above will prove quite useful to anyone with an interest in the hate crime hoax phenomenon.


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