Too many people who want to portray America as an unrepentant hotbed of hatred and racism are willing to fake evidence to try to prove their point:
There is very little brutally violent racism in the modern USA. There are less than 7,000 real hate crimes reported in a typical year. Inter-racial crime is quite rare; 84% of white murder victims and 93% of Black murder victims are killed by criminals of their own race, and the person most likely to kill you is your ex-wife or husband. When violent inter-racial crimes do occur, whites are at least as likely to be the targets as are minorities. Simply put, Klansmen armed with nooses are not lurking on Chicago street corners.
But ironically, as real incidents of racial hatred have greatly diminished compared to the past, staged crimes have been on the upswing:
When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a hate crime.
After all, the transgender man and gay rights activist had received threats after having a banner year in this conservative town.
In the prior six months, he helped open the city’s first gay community center, organized the first gay festival and, after 18 years of failed attempts, helped lead a bruising battle for an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays.
For his efforts, a local paper named him the Citizen of the Year.
Authorities later determined the fire was intentionally set, but the person they arrested came as a shock to both supporters and opponents of the gay rights movement. It was the citizen of the year — Nikki Joly.
This trend has really gotten out of hand. The Daily Caller recently compiled a list of 21 well-publicized but faked incidents just in the two years Trump has been in office. This is slander on a societal scale. America 2019 is most definitely NOT America 1865 or 1915. It’s not a perfect country, but I defy anyone to point to one that is. That we have an invasion of people on our southern border, trying to get in illegally, should underscore that the U.S. is not some KKK-run dystopia of liberals’ fevered nightmares.
Sadly, though, the actions of these liars are threatening to undo decades of progress in racial reconciliation. Each faked ‘crime’ convinces somebody America is out to get them. At the same time, it convinces those accused of such actions — usually the so-called “straight white male Christian” — that the press and leaders of minority groups are all too willing to believe the worst about them on the flimsiest of evidence. Nothing good comes of either result.
There needs to be serious repercussions for those who do this, just as there needs to be for those who make false accusations of sexual assault (funny how little we hear of Justice Kavanaugh’s accusers these days, isn’t it?). In both cases, hoax perpetrators literally staging an unprovoked attack on their targets. The penalty for doing so should be at least as severe as it would be for the target if the charges were true. One could easily argue they should be more severe, if it’s proven someone tried to frame an innocent individual — or group of people. Only such a deterrent stands a chance of reducing the appeal of “do it yourself victimhood.” That would require a renewed emphasis on accountability. Given our track record in that area for, oh, a couple decades now, I’m not holding my breath.
Make no mistake. The real danger today comes from those who hate what made America the most materially successful nation in history: Christianity, limited government, free markets, unbiased education with free inquiry, and personal virtues. All of these are under assault today.
How much “hate” does someone have to harbor to want to destroy a society that has learned from its mistakes and in the process offered so much to so many?