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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Fake but Accurate III

That Liberal Media notes that "fake but accurate" was earlier trotted out by academics when Rigoberta Menchu's tale of family suffering under imperialism was revealed to be a hoax.

The "fake but accurate" redoubt is actually adverted to with great regularity on the left, and particularly in academia. Every time some campus "hate crime" is revealed as a hoax perpetrated by the victim herself, those pushing for reforms and "consciousness raising" in the wake of the faked "attack" always declare that, while the attack was fake, it still highlights a real problem that needs to be countered with all the responses that had been pushed. Just Google "fake hate crimes" to find tens if not hundreds of examples. See, for instance, the one last year at Claremont College,


which ended with the College President saying what a positive experience it all was:

I remain heartened with the outpouring of support we saw last week on our campus and throughout the Claremont Colleges for the values of inclusiveness, tolerance, and diversity. As a university, we are committed to taking concrete steps to make CGU a place where all people feel welcome and included, regardless of their race, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality. I look forward to reporting to you on our progress. As always, I welcome your comments on how we can build a better community.

Some other citations:
"Fake hate crimes not new" (Golden Gate Xpress story in wake of fake hate-crime at SF State.)

Pipes and Malkin note that fake Muslim hate-crimes are being given a pass.

Instapundit thinks fake hate crimes should be punished as hate crimes.

At least the Claremont hoaxer was charged with filing a false police report.

Of course hate-crimes laws themselves are a part of the politically correct response to charges that ours is a racist, sexist, homophobic, etcetera society, and this shows up in what gets classified as a hate-crime. FrontPage Magazine has covered this issue pretty intensively. Check out this money quote from Perazzo:

The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that in 1999, there were about 657,008 blackonwhite crimes of violence, as compared to some 91,051 of the whiteonblack variety. Yet although blackperpetrated interracial crimes outnumbered whiteperpetrated interracial crimes by a ratio of about 7.2 to 1, the official hatecrime statistics showed white offenders outnumbering black offenders by a 4 to 1 margin. Put another way, about 1 out of every 45 whiteonblack attacks is classified as a hate crime, while the corresponding fraction for blackonwhite attacks is an astounding 1 out of 1,254.

Search Frontpage for "hate crimes" to find some horrendous examples, by which time we have arrived at, of course: "True but inaccurate." The true stories of hate crimes that don't fit the story that the left and the MSM want to tell don't get told. For a stunning compilation of examples, see Perazzo's book: The Myths that Divide Us. Also Horowitz's Hating Whitey.

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