Thursday, August 23, 2012

More Fake Hate Crimes

August 22, 2012 CBS St. Louis:

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.
Four days before Charlie Rogers crawled naked and bleeding from her Lincoln home, screaming for help, she outlined in a Facebook posting what investigators believe was her motive for faking the July 22 attack, Police Chief Jim Peschong said at a news conference.
“So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me,” read the July 18 posting, according to police.
It turns out that there was a sexual orientation antidiscrimination ordinance passed by the Lincoln City Council in May, and opponents were demanding that it go to a public vote.   And so this woman appears to have faked a hate crime attack on herself to get sympathy for her side.  This is actually a very common action.  As I have pointed out in the past, hate crimes (sometimes racial, but usually sexual orientation) with surprising frequency turn out to be fakes.  And here's another list of fake hate crimes.

Sometimes they are done to have an excuse to leave a particular college, or to get a wife to not leave (yes, really).  But usually, it is to get political advantage that can't be had any other way.  If you can't get what you want except by faking hate crimes, what does that tell you?

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