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Michelle Malkin: Tawana Brawley goes to college
TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, April 7, 2004 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/06/2004 10:13:17 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

Note: this column contain language that may be offensive to some readers.

Ever since self-defacing teenager Tawana Brawley smeared feces all over herself, scrawled "KKK" and "nigger" on her skin, climbed into a trash bag, and blamed it on racist cops in New York, America has been victimized by wannabe victims -- warped publicity-seekers so desperate for attention that they'll fake the hate by any means necessary.

Brawley (who now calls herself Maryam Muhammad) is all grown up. But her psychologically stunted heirs continue to soak up public sympathy and squander police resources. Recent media attention has focused on the pathetic case of Audrey Seiler, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who reportedly faked her own abduction and sent 150 cops on an intensive manhunt. The search ended when law enforcement authorities discovered Seiler in a marsh two miles from her home. A store surveillance tape revealed that Seiler herself had purchased a knife, duct tape and rope found at the "crime" scene.

Experts have compared Seiler to Brawley, but the analogy does not quite fit. There will always be lone troubled hoaxers like Seiler who abuse a community's compassion for bizarre personal gratification. What made the Brawley case truly distinct and despicable, however, was its underlying political agenda. Brawley and her race card-playing patrons, Al Sharpton, Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, maliciously smeared innocent white men to falsely reinforce the notion of America as an unredeemable oppressor of females and minorities. This vicious strain of Tawana Brawleyism is alive and well on college campuses. In these educational temples of the perpetually aggrieved, rationality and truth have been recklessly sacrificed at the altar of diversity.

I've reported before on the hate crime hoax phenomenon at Arizona State University (where Muslim student Ahmad Saad Nasim faked assaults against himself to exploit the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks) and at the University of Mississippi (where black students falsely blamed racist vandalism against fellow black students on whites). The latest case of apparently manufactured racism involves left-wing academic Kerri Dunn. On March 9, the Claremont McKenna College visiting professor of psychology claimed she discovered anti-Semitic, anti-black, anti-woman epithets ("kike," "nigger lover" and "whore") spray-painted on her 1992 Honda Civic. The car's windows were smashed and the tires slashed. Dunn had been a vocal critic of other alleged racist incidents on campus. After she reported the incident, administrators and students rallied around Dunn; classes were cancelled at all five of the Claremont Colleges; local and federal authorities launched an investigation.

Things started smelling funny when so many students didn't even know what "kike" meant that the campus rabbi had to put out an explanatory press release. Dunn, for that matter, isn't even Jewish. She is a Catholic "considering" converting to Judaism. So how did Dunn's purported assailants know this? She explained that the attack -- which she called "a well-planned-out act of terrorism" -- must have been committed by her own students, who knew of her plans to convert. More irksome questions arose. How did the assailants know which car on the campus parking lot was hers? The students must have followed her, Dunn said. And what about the $1,700 in property she told police had been stolen, which mysteriously turned up in Dunn's possession? No explanation.

The final blow to Dunn's credibility came when Claremont police and the FBI concluded that Dunn the victim was also the victimizer. Giving new meaning to the phrase "auto vandalism," two witnesses told investigators that they saw Dunn drive her car -- adorned with the offending graffiti -- into a parking lot and smash the car's windows and slash the tires herself. Investigators and administrators say the witnesses are credible and (unlike Dunn) have no agenda.

As is typical in these cases, the perpetrator and her loyal supporters are in denial. Dunn, who was involved in past tangles with the law over shoplifting charges, blames the police for being irresponsible and "irreparably damag(ing) her reputation and emotional health." Minority students shrug at the fraud. "I'm not concerned with whether it's a hoax or not," said Pomona College junior Adam Briggs of the Pan-African Student Association.

Of course not. When it comes to smearing America, as Tawana Brawley taught us all so well, the end always justifies the manufactured means.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cmc; fakehatecrimes; hatecrimehoax; hoax; michellemalkin; sharpton; tawanabrawley
Wednesday, April 7, 2004

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1 posted on 04/06/2004 10:13:17 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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Brawley (who now calls herself Maryam Muhammad)

Well isn't that a shocker. Now she can be even further self-oppressed.

4 posted on 04/06/2004 10:30:46 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: JohnHuang2
Ya know, as bad as all this stuff sounds, I could make the case that it's small potatoes compared to what was going on in the late '60's and early '70's.

I remember when I was in seventh or eighth grade reading about a judge (Federal, I believe) being killed by a bunch of black-power militants as they escaped police custody during their trial. They wired a sawed-off shotgun to the judge's throat, and pulled the trigger in their getaway vehicle while being chased by the police. One of them even wrote an essay about it that appeared in some radical literature.

Pictures were taken of this incident, as the judge was being led to his death by his defiant captors as they held police at bay; these pictures were published in Newsweek, and elsewhere.

I belive the incident happened because the the defendants were given firearms while in court for their trial. If memory serves, the person who gave them the weapons was Angela Davis. Isn't she now a professor at some California university?

There were many other frightening crazies about at that time. Bernadine Dohrn. Charles Manson. Who here has seen the pictures of radicals, armed with shotguns and pistols, with bandoliers full of ammunition, taking over the student union at Cornell University, with the "president" of that university bowing and scraping before them?

Things look bad now, but memory tends to attenuate the worst of the past. The people described in this article are really just common flakes who have found resonance with the main-stream media.

It's all just part of the phenomenon predicted by Rush Limbaugh right after the election of President Bush (and before that too): when they're out of power, the left really gets to be entertaining.

(steely)

5 posted on 04/06/2004 10:39:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: Steely Tom
Your recollections are pretty accurate. What is most surprising is that the radical elements, except for some notable exceptions, rarely suffered consequences commensurate with their crimes, and have gone on to establish themselves as folk heros of some standing.

Just damn.
6 posted on 04/06/2004 11:30:44 PM PDT by alloysteel
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To: nutmeg
read later bump
7 posted on 04/06/2004 11:31:24 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin al-Qerry)
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To: JohnHuang2
bump
8 posted on 04/07/2004 5:03:30 AM PDT by RippleFire
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DON'T FORGET HITLARY AND BILL AND ALL THE BLACK PANTHERS
9 posted on 04/07/2004 5:20:24 AM PDT by Stretch (Stretch from Apple Valley, CA who got out and moved to God's Country. Go Bush, GO)
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BUMP!
10 posted on 04/07/2004 6:21:16 AM PDT by NYC Republican
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To: JohnHuang2
The latest case of apparently manufactured racism involves left-wing academic Kerri Dunn.

On most college campuses, that adjective's redundant.

11 posted on 04/08/2004 12:35:31 PM PDT by Caleb1411
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To: FlyVet
Well isn't that a shocker. Now she can be even further self-oppressed.

I wonder how long before the first bogus rape charge comes down the pike? If I were a male student at that school, I wouldn't go near her with a flame thrower.

12 posted on 04/08/2004 12:37:16 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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