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Hate Hoaxes and the Myth of the Rise in Hate Crimes in America

Is white supremacy on the rise? Given the perpetual sinful nature of man, it’s absolutely possible. In the context of the end times, I suspect most things that we would call evil are increasing by some measure.

In a 2006 bulletin, the FBI detailed the threat of white nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police in order to disrupt investigations against fellow members and recruit other supremacists. But is the current narrative surrounding the rise of hate crimes in the United States actually true? When black, gay actor and activist Jussie Smollet faked a hate crime and labeled white Trump supporters as the culprits, many people so readily believed it was true. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters said:

But we have to understand this is happening for a reason. Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have a picnic while black, and being attacked? It’s coming from the President of the United States. He’s dog-whistling every day. He’s separating and dividing, and he is basically emboldening those folks who feel this way, maybe never said and never talked about it, never could act it out, but now they’re on it.


An endless list of celebrities and politicians came out in support of Jussie Smollet and continued to push the notion that hate crimes are on the rise and propagating the idea that racism and bigotry is getting worse.

But again, is it true? Hate crime stats are easy to misrepresent. It’s widely believed that there was an increase in the number of hate crimes from 2016 to 2017. But that’s fake news. The narrative goes, “According to the FBI, hate crimes in the U.S. rose about 17 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year.”

The Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s Hate Crime Statistics report, which comprises incidents reported to the federal government by law enforcement agencies, shows 7,175 hate crime incidents in 2017 compared with 6,121 incidents in 2016.

The 2017 incidents encompass 8,437 total offenses, meaning some involved multiple criminal charges. But there’s a reason for the jump in numbers. The outgoing Obama administration set up a request for more hate crime reporting from law enforcement agencies all across the country, resulting in the number of police departments reporting hate crimes to the FBI to increase by more than 1,000.

I’ll say it again if you missed it: while reports of hate crimes went up 17% in 2017, the number of agencies reporting hate crimes increased by more than 1,000 which would have to result in the number of hate crimes on record.

I’m no expert in the matter, but it doesn’t take a high IQ to see that we’re being played. Either those reporting this information to us are being deceptive, or they can’t be trusted to communicate the truth to the public. Whatever the reason, the narrative of the drastic jump in hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump is false.

One thing that does seem to be on the rise though, is the number of hate crime hoaxes. Journalist and photographer Andy Ngo who has investigated a number of hate crime hoaxes over the years put together a twitter thread of hoaxes that got media attention and turned out to be false. If racism and hatred is on the rise as the media suggest, why the need to falsify claims? Is there not enough real racism to go around? You be the judge. Peep this thread and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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