The Year in Hate Crime Hoaxes

As far as year end wrap ups go in the right blogosphere, 2013’s dizzying number of hate crime hoaxes seem to be soaking up much of attention.  I of course honor the wacky left perpetrators of hoaxes who so believe in the ever present danger of racism, sexism, and homophobia that they deliberately went out of their way to create the fear of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Oprah Winfrey at her 50th birthday party at Ho...

Oprah Winfrey at her 50th birthday party at Hotel Bel Air (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no good way to rank these in terms of “best hoax.”  But I thought I would list a few of my favorites.  These are the ones that tickled my fancy in some way, either through the oddness of the accusations or the gullibility of everyone involved no matter how unlikely the scenario of a “hate crime” these seemed to be.  This, of course is not an all inclusive list.  This year, that would be impossible as our hoaxers were out in full force, bringing attention to whatever their pet cause by the most logical means possible for leftists: fraud.  As always, read the comments to these linked stories.  Some people sniff these out as fakes immediately and others are totally incredulous.

Jenny Harding of Guernsey, NJ, claimed that her dog Alice was the victim of a homophobic attack (aimed at Ms Harding I presume, not the dog).  The dog was attacked with a hammer and lost an eye.   However after a little police investigation, “police said this morning that they were no longer looking for anyone in connection with the attack. “  And of course, the dead giveaway, “Ms. Harding tells us she wishes to withdraw her allegations and would like all donations offered by sympathizers to be returned.”  Apparently Ms. Harding is a serial hoaxer and has a record of making similar complaints.

Oleander Cuthrell, the minister of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA, was arrested on arson charges after setting both his house and car on fire after painting racial slurs on the side of his house.  The motive seems obvious in this case.  The good reverend’s parents named him Oleander.

A black high school student (unidentified due to age), running for Student President received racist text messages urging him to drop out of the race apparently was the one who sent those same text messages.  When you text yourself, would that be a “textie?”  Although the race for student President at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School didn’t work out for our aspiring candidate, it seems like a viable campaign tactic (Hillary take notice!)

Andrea Brazier, apparently spray painted the N word on her own house in order to (and the motive is just speculation at this point) pin the blame on football players at her son’s school who were bullying her son.  This generated a vigil of support and the cancellation of the football team’s remaining season.  Next time Andrea, be sure and get rid of the incriminating spray cans before calling the police.

This year there was not one but two hoax restaurant receipts. Toni Jenkins, a waitress at Red Lobster, posted a picture to her Facebook, showing a receipt with no tip but the N word once again scribbled on the receipt. Unfortunately the person who actually left the receipt took exception to being categorized as a racist, particularly after he began receiving threats when the story went nationwide. His attorney hired a handwriting expert that cleared him and his wife.  But racism pays, and Jenkins received $11,000 in donations.  With that sort of payday, it’s a wonder there isn’t more.

Well maybe there will be.  There was another restaurant receipt hoax immediately after the Red Lobster one.  Dayna Morales was a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in New Jersey, who also posted a receipt on Facebook showing no tip but a lesson in morality, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not approve of your lifestyle.” But just like the Red Lobster customer, people don’t like being smeared and the family in question contacted news media to inform them that they did tip, and provided the credit card charge to prove it.  In fact, the husband involved stated that he didn’t even vote for Chris Christie because of his lack of support for gay marriage.  Eventually Morales was fired from the restaurant.  Although she said that she would donate her donations (why are people sending money to these frauds?) to the Wounded Warrior project, I doubt Wounded Warriors will be holding their breath.

Charlie Rodgers (Charlie is a girl), an ex college basketball star who made the false claim that she was raped by attackers who carved anti gay slurs into her.  Under the slightest bit of police investigation, the story fell apart and wonder of wonders; she actually got jail time for it.  But I direct you to the dedication she showed to her craft:  she actually carved anti gay slogans into her own skin.  That’s dedication to the cause.  I’m not into giving awards or rating these hoaxes, but if there was a Tawana Brawley award for willing to go the distance to pull off a hoax, I believe Ms. Rodgers would make the short list for that.

But why, you may ask, not the winner?  Could there be another candidate with similar dedication?  You’re darn right!  May I present, Morgan Triplet.  She was determined to have the best presentation at the University of California-Santa Cruz Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues by announcing she was a victim of rape, a real one.  As reported:

“Prosecutors said Friday that Triplett allegedly placed two ads on Craigslist, one requesting someone to shoot her in the shoulder with a small caliber gun in exchange for sex. The second ad was a request for someone to punch, kick and bruise her in exchange for sex. In the ads, placed in the Santa Cruz County region of Craigslist, Triplett also stated that she would not file charges.”

That’s definitely being a good sport about the whole thing.

So she got her rape, but is it really rape when you volunteer for it?  Tricky legal issues, but what wasn’t tricky was that she filed a false police report.

This one gets an honorable mention, if only because we never get to a satisfying conclusion, we’re only left to go “hmmm…”

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful women in entertainment in the world, recounted her heartbreaking tale of struggle of being beaten down by racism while shopping in Switzerland:

Oprah told Entertainment Tonight this week that while in Zurich, Switzerland for Tina Turner’s wedding in July, she walked into a shop and a handbag behind the counter caught her eye.

While many average shoppers might hesitate to lay hands on a bag with worth close to $40,000, Oprah says she asked to see it, but the shopkeeper said, “No. It’s too expensive.”

Oprah — who made $77 million in the last year alone, according to Forbes magazine — told ET’s Nancy O’Dell she asked to see the bag at least two more times, but the shopkeeper refused to take it off the shelf and suggested other, cheaper bags instead.

“One more time, I tried. I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and the shopkeeper said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store,” Oprah recounted.

Normally that would be the end of the story.  Oprah said, it, it happened, get over it.  However this time, the powerless shop girl fought back, calling Oprah a liar.

 “This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really, never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business,” the woman told SonntagsBlick.

“It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag,” the woman said.

“I didn’t hurt anyone. I don’t know why someone as great as her must cannibalize me on TV. … If it had all taken place as she claimed, why has she not complained the next day at the wedding of Tina Turner with Trudie Goetz, my boss? She was there also at the Turner wedding as a guest. I don’t understand it. … I spoke to Oprah Winfrey in English. My English is OK but not excellent, unfortunately. … I didn’t know who she was when she came into the store. That wouldn’t have made any difference if I had.”

So someone challenged the Oprah.  An American would know enough to realize that the only honorable course after displeasing The Oprah is Seppuku.  These primitive Swiss know nothing of honor!  Instead…Oprah apologized…sort of.  At least she backpedaled, making excuses for the shopgirl.   Naturally no media outlet wanted to follow up on this but given that she was telling this story while doing promotion for the movie, The Butler, one has to wonder if she was supplying a racial incident to complement a racial movie.  Eh, as I said, we are only left saying “hmmm…”

Again, I’m not giving awards, but if there was an Academy of Hate Hoaxes, it’s hard to imagine that the Oberlin College Race Hoax wouldn’t win hoax of the year.  A brief summary of the hoax is as follows:  On the morning of March 4th Oberlin student Sunceray Tabler saw, or thought she saw, a hooded KKK Klansman wandering the campus.  This is a fairly preposterous, but there was already agitation on the campus due to racist graffiti being found on various spots around campus.  The school handled things in a manner that only makes sense to the academic left.  They cancelled classes for the day and held teach in’s on the usual, diversity, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

But Oberlin was silent on the issue and it took reporters to pull the police report and find out that the student graffiti was committed by two committed student leftists.  The Police conclusion on the wandering Klansman was that it was just a student walking around wrapped in a blanket.  What makes this such a large issue is that the school administration knew who the culprits were early on, knew they were leftist nuts, and said nothing to the student body, allowing it to think the Klan had free reign over campus; walking around leaving racist graffiti in their wake.

The irresponsibility of the school administration boggles the mind, and I find it amazing that alumni weren’t outraged that the school decided to keep secret that there was no KKK and the students responsible for the graffiti were no longer on campus.  The school apparently  just wanted to keep the racial agitation to go on and on.

And that explains MSNBC!

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13 thoughts on “The Year in Hate Crime Hoaxes

  1. Pingback: The Six Most Infuriating Hoaxes of 2013 | pundit from another planet

    • Sexual harassment should be it’s own category of hoax, but I think in this case it’s someone trying to distract attention from their other criminal charges.

  2. It’s hard enough to get people to believe in hate crimes, harassment, and rape without things like this. I have to say the Oprah story annoyed me. If she wasn’t Oprah than maybe there could have been problems but what high end store worker doesn’t know Oprah.

    I should say I’m most likely a “leftist”. As an educated black girl, I’m always cautious about hard right people as well as older white males. You never know what their problem with me could be.

    • I think in the Oprah case she’s just being a cynical marketeer. She has a movie about slavery to promote and lo and behold, she has a tale of personal oppression to go with it. So it makes it hard to take her story at face value, particularly when the shopgirl is disputing the story. Of course in the US, the shopgirl would have been fired immediately, But even if the story is true, it’s hard to work up any sympathy for Oprah. She’s promoting a movie about a man who was enslaved and brutalized for 12 years, but oh wait, she tried to look at a $30,000 handbag and couldn’t. She’s suffered too!

      I’m curious as to how and why you are cautious about “hard right people” and “older white males.” I’m not sure what that means. Maybe you could do a post on that.

      • Just that those people are going to be less accepting of people/things that are different. I expect them to be the types that don’t like minorities in general, think all minorities get into college because they are minorities, believe women should be focusing on family and not working outside the home, etc. I could do a post on that. I just assumed everyone knew that though. Living in the Midwest recently has opened my eyes to people (including women) who think women can’t run businesses or be good politicians. I even had a girl tell me she went to college to find a husband and had no intention of using her degree. Craziness to me. Avoiding all those types of people is just better for me.

      • So “those people” are going to be less accepting? Interesting how you’ve pre-judged them. If you’re not tolerant of diverse opinions you may in fact be better off avoiding them. For myself I embrace the diversity of differing opinions, and don’t want to block myself off from them, but eh, that’s just me.

      • I can listen to them and treat them was respect but I wouldn’t be friends with them. When I am around new people I just watch and listen to what they say and how they treat people. Then I draw my conclusions on what my degree of interaction with them should be. However, if I feel someone is racist or sexist, I know they won’t respect me so I ignore them. Also, if I find out someone is pro-gay rights I know that they probably don’t hate black people so that makes it more comfortable.

      • Well the road to tolerance can sometimes be a bumpy one, but at least you are on the journey. Maybe someday you can attempt to be friends with one of these odd fly over type people.

      • lol, I don’t think so. I like to keeping away from people who hate and/or look down on me. I’d def feel safer at a gay pride parade than a tea party rally even though I’m not in either community. And we know how open the republicans are to those log cabin republicans. They believe everything they believe except they are gay. They don’t even like people who want to be associated with them. I don’t know why they want to be part of a group that damns them to hell. I’d just say screw you guys, I’m going home. Not sure what fly over people are.

      • That’s an incredible amount of judgmental statements about people that I suspect you really don’t know anything about. I’m guessing you are the real life of the party at work.

      • I like to have my small group of friends at work that I joke and talk with about politics and tv shows. Plus there are very few democratic leaning people so we have to stick together. All I do is judge people on their values and actions that I observe. After that I know how much interaction I should have them. I don’t see a problem with that.

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