April 1, 2019
Jussie Smollett isn’t alone in trying to fake a hate crime for personal or selfish reasons.
Hate crime hoaxes happen more often than many well-meaning Americans probably realize, and often they’re orchestrated as part of a trend intended to provoke hysteria and panic. Sometimes, innocent conservatives guilty of nothing more than living in the area where the “crimes” allegedly occurred are falsely accused of carrying out the attacks, and subjected to a storm of online threats and abuse. The political subtext of these false reports is easy to spot. Just like the Smollett case, they’re intended to portray Trump supporters and conservatives as violent bigots and homophobes willing to indiscriminately target members of the trans and gay communities.
And according to an investigation by New York Post columnist Andy Ngo, Smollett isn’t the only hate crime hoaxer to avoid punishment. In the Portland area alone, trans and LGBT activists have incited a panic with reports of attacks on LGBTQ individuals that, when investigated, were either never reported to police, or, in some cases, the details gathered by police differed dramatically from what was disclosed in viral social media posts, in such a way as to suggest that an attack never occurred.
Ngo’s piece begins with the Feb. 10 “attack” on Sophia Gabrielle Stanford, who launched a GoFundMe page that described her as the victim of a “brutal and aggressively blatant hate crime” that recounted how unidentified assailants had beaten her unconscious with a bat.” The page stated that Stanford had suffered a “serious concussion” and would need “intensive physical therapy, CT scans and counseling”.
A GoFundMe for activist Sophia Gabrielle Stanford went viral after it was alleged she was “violently attacked from behind with a baseball bat” by transphobes. That’s not at all what the police…