Another Fake Hate Crime – The Real Race Scandal In Mississippi
A terrible racial incident took place at Trent Lott`s
alma mater last month. But you won`t hear about it from
Dan Rather or Time magazine or the Washington
Post or the NAACP.
That`s because what happened at the
University of Mississippi in the early morning hours
of Nov. 6 has all the markings of a fake hate crime: An
apparent racial hoax committed by black students against
black students, but blamed on whites–until the suspects
were nabbed last week.
students allegedly behind racist graffiti,” By Andy
Kanengiser, Jackson Clarion Ledger, December 12,
Three black freshmen were accused by the college of
scrawling racist graffiti on the doors of two other
black students in the Kincannon residence hall on the
Oxford campus. Among the hateful epithets: "F—–g
N—-r" and "F—— Hoe N—r." Also left on walls and
doors spanning three floors of the dorm: A tree with a
noose and hanging stick figure and vulgar references to
genitalia drawn in blue window chalk.
The financial damage was estimated at roughly $600.
But the cultural and psychological damage caused by such
crude and twisted acts of
Tawana Brawleyism is inestimable. The element of
racial animus cloaks the hate crime hoax with a false
sense of legitimacy. It`s a manipulative attempt to
exploit old tensions and deflect suspicion from the
Black students organized a
"Say No to Racism" march and
demanded more protection against white-on-black
harassment. They blasted the school`s president for not
apologizing quickly enough for the racial slurs. The
"Minority Affairs" director
demanded that the university establish "programs and
procedures" to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent
hate crimes. The "Institute for Racial
Reconciliation" and the
"Committee On Sensitivity and Respect" convened
meetings. Activists called for criminally prosecuting
the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate
But now that the race of the suspects has been
revealed, some are seeking to minimize the crime as a "prank."
The college will not be bringing criminal charges
against the trio. Instead, each suspect faces charges
involving five violations of the student code of
conduct–not only for the racially explosive vandalism,
but also for allegedly making false and misleading
statements to investigators.
That`s right. It wasn`t enough for these accused
sickos to adopt racial terror tactics, destroy property,
cast false suspicion on others, and cast doubt on all
bona fide victims of such perfidy. They apparently
tried to lie their way out of it, too.
The Daily Mississippian student newspaper
noted that an
Robert Khayat said the entire situation was
`regrettable,` but it taught the university community
that no members `should engage in abusive behavior` and
`before we jump to conclusions and start condemning
groups of people, we should know what happened.`"
All well and good, but why allow a double standard of
justice to prevail? If the attackers had been white,
they faced possible
federal prison time.
Because the suspects are black, the most serious
consequence they face is
equal treatment under the law, 2002-style.
Where is the uproar over the hoaxers` callous use of
lynching imagery and flagrant exploitation of the
N-word–at Ole Miss of all places? And where is the
national press on this matter?
Fake hate crimes are an
abhorrently common phenomenon on modern college
race-consciousness reigns in such a poisonous way
that it would make integrationists weep. "Students of
color" are herded into
separate dorms, separate departments, and
separate graduation ceremonies.
back all right. But while the media elite`s
crack reporters are busy rummaging through the
dustbins of old history in an effort to paint all
conservatives as racially insensitive relics, they
continue to ignore one of the outrageous race scandals
of the 21st century: how the young beneficiaries of the
civil rights movement are squandering and desecrating
its legacy of equal respect and justice for all.
Michelle Malkin is author of
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