Hate crime or hoax, what do you think?
The students identified as the people behind a recent racist drawing found at Salisbury University’s library are black, school officials confirmed Tuesday.
The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower.”
The problem with staging hate hoaxes is that authorities take thought crimes so seriously that the police are brought in — and police are quite good at seeing through ineptly staged crime scenes.
Since white racists are not to blame, it should come as no surprise that no criminal charges are being filed. The culprits’ names are not even being released, which is a shame, because I would like to add them to the Hate Hoax List.
Here’s an interesting coincidence:
The scandal broke immediately after the school’s “Stop Hatin” week, an event led by the university’s student government to promote diversity and acceptance on campus and “break down the barriers that often arise through stereotypes and unrealistic perceptions,” according to a Facebook event page cited by The Flyer [link].
Nonetheless, defenders of the hoaxers have tried to pass off this deceptive political tactic as a bad joke. The first rule of political correctness is that the “oppressed” can do no serious wrong.
On tips from Henry, Dave F, and Maudie.