If you believe the news, today’s America is plagued by an epidemic of violent hate crimes. But is that really true? In Hate Crime Hoax, Professor Wilfred Reilly examines over 100 widely publicized incidents of so-called hate crimes that never actually happened. With a critical eye and attention to detail, Reilly debunks these fabricated incidents—many of them alleged to have happened on college campuses—and explores why so many Americans are driven to fake hate crimes. We’re not experiencing an epidemic of hate crimes, Reilly concludes, but we might be experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of hate crime hoaxes.
Dr. Reilly’s book is a must read on the epidemic of hate crime hoaxes, especially given the recent high-profile case of Jussie Smollett. The mainstream media and social media sites are quick to report on alleged hate crimes with little or no evidence or investigation.
They also fail miserably to ask difficult questions and follow up when presented with contradictory evidence. Additionally, many media sites have recently removed articles that they have published about fake hate crimes.
Hardback, 256 pages
About the Author
Wilfred Reilly is a tenure-track Professor of Political Science at Kentucky State University. His interests include international relations, contemporary American race relations, and the use of modern quantitative/empirical methods to test “sacred cow” theories. He is the author of The $50,000,000 Question: An Engagingly Empirical Examination of the Relationship between “Privilege” and Pride.