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A Hoax or a Con?
12/19/2002

Michelle Malkin has summarized an extreme example of the hypocrisy of the ways in which different races are treated. As it turns out, some "hate crimes" at the University of Mississippi, including a phony lynching, were perpetrated by black students. They'll likely get a slap on the wrist, although had they been white, prison may very well have been in their future.

One reason that no leniency should be shown is that the fear was still inculcated and the cause of racial harmony on the campus set back to the same degree. If that would have been the crime of whites, it ought to be seen as a crime when perpetrated by blacks. Another, more legally minded, reason relates to a thought that I had yesterday about the racial grievance industry.

When I was in college, the student paper ran a cartoon that was pretty obviously critical, in my opinion, of a Texas university for ending affirmative action. The cartoon was misinterpreted, and black students protested, urged on by a campus full of professors. After the dust settled from marches and the litter was swept from the auditorium after a much-publicized "forum," there were new groups for blacks (with budgets), new black-only professorial positions, and various statements of fealty from the administration. I thought of this upon hearing of Trent Lott's comments on BET — about how lucrative being offended can be, from a state university to the United States Senate.

Therefore, I'm beginning to wonder if hate-crime hoaxes mightn't have an element of conartistry. Oh, I'm sure that most — at least many — are merely ploys for attention from adolescents, but I think it may be an area worth investigating when such controversies come to light.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:36 AM EST