As I was reading TheBlaze on the latest developments on the story about Sharmeka Moffitt, a black woman from Louisiana who was attacked by three white men in an apparent racially motivated attack, something seemed a little odd to me. I’m not sure how to describe it, but I had a feeling something was fishy about her story. Deep down it seemed that the whole incident was made up. Being the type of person who doesn’t rush to judgement on anything, I hesitated to tell friends and family about my opinion on the matter. I mean, who wants to be the person to accuse someone of making up a horrific story like this, only to look like a douchebag when proven wrong. So I suspended my judgment and waited for more facts, unlike the MSM.
And more facts came indeed. Not too long after the story broke, maybe the next day or two, the police had wrapped up their investigation. Turns out she did make the story up. She wrote KKK and a racial slur on her car, then set herself on fire. What was she trying to prove? Maybe she was trying to commit suicide and make it look like an assault. Maybe she was seeking the attention of friends and family. Or maybe she is just someone who hates whites and will do anything to make them look like racists. I don’t know.
Later, I thought more about the situation and came to a realization. This wasn’t the first time that someone had self-inflicted injuries, then blamed another group of people in an attempt to demonize them or their belief’s, or in an effort to hide something.
I decided to do a little research and found, as I had originally surmised, this has happened many times in the last couple years. It seems that a lot of the report are from people who injure themselves doing something moronic, such as attempting a backflip while intoxicated. However there seems to be a more sinister plot afoot. Some of these falsely reported ‘hate crimes’ seem to have been done to draw attention to some sort of political ideology. In several cases, these fraudulent reports were made in the attempt to perpetuate a false notion that homophobia is “rampant” in America.
Back in May there was a lesbian couple who ‘found’ the word “kill the gays” tagged on their home. The next day they ‘found’ a noose hanging on their front door handle. After an investigation it turned out they spray painted the message onto the house, and reported the “crime.” According to the Huffington Post:
Aimee Whitchurch, 37 and Christel Conklin, 29, reported in October of 2011 that the words “Kill the Gay” were spray-painted in red on their Parker condominium’s garage door. The next day police were called back to the house after the women claimed someone hung a noose on their front door handle.
But after working on the case with the FBI because of the hate crime element to the incidents, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has determined that the incidents were false
Then there was Charlie Rogers, a small business owner who is openly lesbian. She reported being attacked in her home by three masked men. According to Journal Star, in a turn of events, an arrest warrant was issued for Ms. Roger’s
An arrest warrant for Charlie Rogers was issued after investigators say they found no sign of a struggle in the living room where the 33-year-old claimed she was attacked. She has since been released on a personal recognizance bond after a brief court appearance, the publication notes.
“There was no apparent blood on the bedspread; even though Ms. Rogers reported she was rolled on to her stomach after she had been cut on her arms, abdomen, chest and front of her legs while being held down,” the warrant stated, according to theJournal Star.
It turned out she carved gay slurs into her body, and spray painted gay slurs throughout her own apartment.
In another case, in an attempt to demonstrate religious intolerance, Zachary Tennen, a 19-year-old sophomore at Michigan State University, claimed he was beaten up by neo-nazis while leaving a party, because he was Jewish. This, like the others, gained national attention. However, about 50 witnesses reported that there were no neo-nazis at the party. What they remember was a drunk Zachary Tennen, aggressively hitting on women until he was punched in the face by someone’s friend after he groped the wrong girl.
I’m not sure why these individuals are reporting these phony hate crimes. I’m sure false reporting of crimes, in general, happens a lot. But it seems to me these were targeted attacks, mainly aimed at conservatives, whites, or Christians. Is it possible that the left is stooping to a new low? Maybe. However, these are just about as despicable as the occupy protestors telling their people not to report the rapes that were happening within their movement.
I know that there are real hate crimes that happen in this country, and around the world. But nowadays it seems like anytime a victim is black, gay, muslim, etc., the incident is always called a hate crime–even if these factors had nothing to do with that particular incident. Hopefully we can change this because the majority of Americans, no matter their race, sex, or religion, do not hate anyone. We all deserve the right to state and defend our positions and belief’s without having insults hurled at us.
This could be a problem in the future for people who are truly victims of hate crimes. Think the boy who cried wolf.
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