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Today it's the Air Force Academy admitting it got taken by a racist graffiti hoax
The academy's superintendent delivered a stirring denounciation of the "hate messages," which went crazy viral on YouTube and earned him praise nationwide. Yeah, about that . . . the alleged victim was the perp as usual.
It seems like just yesterday I was telling you about yet another hate-crime hoax. Because it was yesterday.
So is it overkill to do this day after day? For now I'm going to say no, because the fact that we keep finding out about these hoaxes day after day shows just how determined some people are to manufacture a false and hysterical racism-is-everywhere narrative. And today's hoax revelation comes from no less an institution than the Air Force Academy. When the incident happened, academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria received nationwide attention and praise for his eloquent speech denouncing this horribly widespread epidemic of racist expression.
And eloquent it was. But we now find out there is one big honking problem with the whole thing. There was no white supremacist racist jerk spray painting the car of a black academy student. The alleged victim, as it seems is always the case, faked the whole thing:
But on Tuesday, the school made a jolting announcement. The person responsible for the racist messages, the academy said, was, in fact, one of the cadet candidates who reported being targeted by them.
"The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation," academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in a statement to the Associated Press, adding: "Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form."
The cadet candidate accused of crafting the messages was not identified, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the individual is no longer enrolled at the school. Sources also told the Gazette the cadet candidate "committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct," the newspaper reported.
The announcement thrust the Air Force Academy Preparatory School onto a growing list of recent "hate crime hoaxes" - instances in which acts of racism or anti-Semitism were later found to be committed by someone in the targeted minority group.
The story doesn't say exactly why the faker is no longer enrolled at the school, although it seems to suggest that he was already in trouble and the hoax may have been the final straw. Apparently he thought his way out of trouble for his original misdeed was to put himself in the victim-of-racism class that would make him essentially untouchable by the school for anything he had done.
I wonder if the other hoax revelations are causing investigators in situations like this to take a fresh look at "hate crimes" they originally assumed were legitimate, such that they are now taking a serious look at the people who passed themselves off as victims in the first place.
By the way, here is Lt. Gen. Silveri's speech. Everything he says is correct, of course, but he got totally punked into believing the things he's denouncing had actually happened. It had not.
I've been saying for some time that the worst thing you can do, if you're serious about battling racism, is to falsely accuse people of it or falsely report it when it didn't actually happen. The left and the right could unite against real racism easily if one side would stop falsely pointing its finger at the other so as to try to create a special victim class while branding its political adversaries as bigots.
Yeah, it's still a good speech. But falsely claiming racism is just as bad as actual racism. I would hope that if Lt. Gen. Silveri had the opportunity to revise and extend his remarks, he might point that out today. Someone needs to.
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