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Hate crime hoax at Ole Miss (Michelle Malkin)
TownHall.com ^ | 12/18/02 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 12/17/2002 9:19:36 PM PST by kattracks

A terrible racial incident took place at Trent Lott's alma mater last month. But you won't hear about it from Dan Rather or Time magazine or The Washington Post or the NAACP.

That's because what happened at the University of Mississippi in the early morning hours of Nov. 6 has all the markings of a fake hate crime: An apparent racial hoax committed by black students against black students, but blamed on whites -- until the suspects were nabbed last week.

Three black freshmen were accused by the college of scrawling racist graffiti on the doors of two other black students in the Kincannon residence hall on the Oxford campus. Among the hateful epithets: "F-----g N----r" and "F-----g Hoe N----r." Also left on walls and doors spanning three floors of the dorm: A tree with a noose and hanging stick figure and vulgar references to genitalia drawn in blue window chalk.

The financial damage was estimated at roughly $600. But the cultural and psychological damage caused by such crude and twisted acts of Tawana Brawleyism is inestimable. The element of racial animus cloaks the hate crime hoax with a false sense of legitimacy. It's a manipulative attempt to exploit old tensions and deflect suspicion from the actual perpetrators.

At the time the racist vandalism appeared, Ole Miss was commemorating the 40th anniversary of desegregation of its classrooms. Local and national observers immediately assumed the vandals were white.

Black students organized a "Say No to Racism" march and demanded more protection against white-on-black harassment. They blasted the school's president for not apologizing quickly enough for the racial slurs. The school's "Minority Affairs" director demanded that the university establish "programs and procedures" to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent hate crimes. The "Institute for Racial Reconciliation" and the "Committee On Sensitivity and Respect" convened meetings. Activists called for criminally prosecuting the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate crime statutes.

But now that the race of the suspects has been revealed, some are seeking to minimize the crime as a "prank." The college will not be bringing criminal charges against the trio. Instead, each suspect faces charges involving five violations of the student code of conduct -- not only for the racially explosive vandalism, but also for allegedly making false and misleading statements to investigators.

That's right. It wasn't enough for these accused sickos to adopt racial terror tactics, destroy property, cast false suspicion on others, and cast doubt on all bona fide victims of such perfidy. They apparently tried to lie their way out of it, too.

The Daily Mississippian student newspaper noted that an "irritated Chancellor Robert Khayat said the entire situation was 'regrettable,' but it taught the university community that no members 'should engage in abusive behavior' and 'before we jump to conclusions and start condemning groups of people, we should know what happened.'"

All well and good, but why allow a double standard of justice to prevail? If the attackers had been white, they faced possible federal prison time. Because the suspects are black, the most serious consequence they face is expulsion. Welcome to equal treatment under the law, 2002-style.

Where is the uproar over the hoaxers' callous use of lynching imagery and flagrant exploitation of the N-word -- at Ole Miss of all places? And where is the national press on this matter? Fake hate crimes are an abhorrently common phenomenon on modern college campuses, where race-consciousness reigns in such a poisonous way that it would make integrationists weep. "Students of color" are herded into separate dorms, separate departments, and separate graduation ceremonies.

Segregation is back all right. But while the media elite's crack reporters are busy rummaging through the dustbins of old history in an effort to paint all conservatives as racially insensitive relics, they continue to ignore one of the outrageous race scandals of the 21st century: how the young beneficiaries of the civil rights movement are squandering and desecrating its legacy of equal respect and justice for all.

©2002 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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1 posted on 12/17/2002 9:19:36 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks; dennisw; SJackson; Alouette; mhking
M. Malkin, great as always.
2 posted on 12/17/2002 9:25:07 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: Sabertooth; madfly
ping
3 posted on 12/17/2002 9:26:56 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: TopQuark
bump for the beautiful Michelle
4 posted on 12/17/2002 9:28:57 PM PST by mcenedo
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To: kattracks
Black students organized a "Say No to Racism" march and demanded more protection against white-on-black harassment. They blasted the school's president for not apologizing quickly enough for the racial slurs. The school's "Minority Affairs" director demanded that the university establish "programs and procedures" to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent hate crimes. The "Institute for Racial Reconciliation" and the "Committee On Sensitivity and Respect" convened meetings. Activists called for criminally prosecuting the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate crime statutes.

This is what I would like to see happen next:

White students organized a "Say No to Racism" march and demanded more protection against black-on-white harassment. They blasted the school's president for not apologizing quickly enough for the racial slurs. The school's "Minority Affairs" director demanded that the university establish "programs and procedures" to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent hate crimes. The "Institute for Racial Reconciliation" and the "Committee On Sensitivity and Respect" convened meetings. Activists called for criminally prosecuting the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate crime statutes.

5 posted on 12/17/2002 9:30:18 PM PST by fellowpatriot
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To: kattracks
Oops, it was "just" a "black on black" crime. Move along.
6 posted on 12/17/2002 9:30:21 PM PST by Lord Basil
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To: TopQuark
This fake racial incident stuff seems to happen a lot of college campuses. I guess Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton got the ball rolling on this one. I think it's a self hating Black thing going on. Similar to the phenomenon of the self hating Jew
7 posted on 12/17/2002 9:30:57 PM PST by dennisw
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To: kattracks
Wonder why Larry king missed this story? I feel like I should send Michelle a donation so she can keep up the good work.
8 posted on 12/17/2002 9:37:41 PM PST by dalebert
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To: dennisw
I am sure that you are right and some of it is present. I believe, however, that for the most part it is (i) a safe prank ("you ain't gonna be mad at me 'cause I am offending my own people"), and (ii) a provocation, whereby you can easily create more problems for whites whom you dislike. As this incident shows, if you acted on such assumptions, you'd be fine.
9 posted on 12/17/2002 9:37:41 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: kattracks
Wonder why Larry king missed this story? I feel like I should send Michelle a donation so she can keep up the good work.
10 posted on 12/17/2002 9:39:00 PM PST by dalebert
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To: kattracks
There were stories last fall about a Muslim college student perpetrating false 'hate crimes' against himself and blaming whites. Maybe illegal aliens will pick up on this psychological terror campaign too. Whites can be 'guilted' into anything ...
11 posted on 12/17/2002 9:39:49 PM PST by spodefly
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To: kattracks
I am saddened, but not surprized. This sort of thing has happened before.

At the Univ. of MD, Baltimore County, anti homosexual slogans were found scrawled in chalk on the sidewalks. This happened several years in a row. What made cynics (like me) suspicious was that this always occured just before events such as "Gay-Pride Day," or "Gay Awareness Week," or some such. Moreover, our campus homosexual activist organization typically covered the sidewalks with slogans and symbols drawn in colored chalk during these events ... and the handwriting of both the Gay-pride chalkings and the anti-homosexual ones were curiously similar. Sure enough, one time, the campus police interrupted 2 or three persons writing anti-gay slogans ... and it was the activists from the campus homosexual group.
Nothing was done; indeed, almost nothing was said. And when, next year, the same crude "gay-bashing slogans" again appeared chalked on the sidewalks just before "AIDS Awareness Week" (or some such), nobody mentioned the incident from the year before. (Except me; I aways was a loud-mouth rable rousing so-and-so)

VietVet
12 posted on 12/17/2002 9:41:48 PM PST by VietVet
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To: TopQuark
Your analysis is better than mine. It's a safe "prank" at minimum. At maximum (and you're not found out) you have furthered the cause of getting Whitey and proving all whites are racist. Same way the RATS and Jesse and his crew have their own little passion play going on that proves all Republicans are really racist.
13 posted on 12/17/2002 9:46:24 PM PST by dennisw
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To: kattracks
... has all the markings of a fake hate crime

No, it was a real hate crime, against whites. These incidents, whether real or fake, are serious. Fake hate crimes need to be prosecuted and punished equal to the severity of the alleged crime.

14 posted on 12/17/2002 9:47:56 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: fellowpatriot
Ole Miss Chancelor Bob Kyatt(sp?) will not permit the kinds of crap that once was the order of the day nor will he put up any new order that will pit races against on another. Of course ther will be those forces that aren't happy with the fact that the chancelor happens to be white.
15 posted on 12/17/2002 9:57:18 PM PST by oyez
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To: All
Anyone think Trent Lott is the ideal GOP point man on this?



16 posted on 12/17/2002 9:59:53 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: gubamyster; Victoria Delsoul; Pokey78; JohnHuang2; MeeknMing; rdb3; mhking; BOBTHENAILER; ...

    

Michelle
Malkin
Growl!




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17 posted on 12/17/2002 10:00:51 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Anyone think Trent Lott is the ideal GOP point man on this?

HAAAAAAHAAAAAAA!

18 posted on 12/17/2002 10:13:23 PM PST by kennyo
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To: kattracks
"Students of color" are herded into separate dorms, separate departments, and separate graduation ceremonies.

No, the so-called "students of color" segregate themselves, in some sick attempt to prove that they are independent from whitey. There, in their racist enclaves, they nurture their permanent racial grievances against Whitey.

Really, I think the self-segregation is an admission that they believe that they cannot compete. They believe that they can't compete with Whitey, so why try? Let's all just segregate ourselves in our own little racial ghetto, and talk about how "oppressed" we are. A sad Affirmative Action legacy.

19 posted on 12/17/2002 10:46:40 PM PST by Henrietta
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To: Sabertooth; wardaddy; maica; Freee-dame
BTTT!
20 posted on 12/17/2002 10:53:36 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Henrietta
Whoever Whitey is, he's sure giving us a bad name!
21 posted on 12/17/2002 11:49:51 PM PST by Bullish
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To: kattracks
The school's "Minority Affairs" director demanded that the university establish "programs and procedures" to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent hate crimes.....

... and to provide jobs for stupid, lazy malcontents with worthless "Minority Studies" degrees.

-ccm

22 posted on 12/18/2002 12:28:32 AM PST by ccmay
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Black conservative ping

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23 posted on 12/18/2002 4:23:18 AM PST by mhking
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To: mhking
"Hoe"? How dare you call someone a garden tool. Outrageous.
24 posted on 12/18/2002 4:34:10 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: TopQuark
"I believe, however, that for the most part it is (i) a safe prank ("you ain't gonna be mad at me 'cause I am offending my own people")

I disagree, this is a hate crime against whites. It hightens tentions between the races that may cause fights to break out.

Throw the book at these B@st@rds!

25 posted on 12/18/2002 4:40:02 AM PST by Osprey
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To: fellowpatriot
Activists called for criminally prosecuting the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate crime statutes.

Sounds appropriate to me.
I have always been of the opinion that the false accusation of any crime should carry the identical punishment as the crime itself.
Too reasonable?

26 posted on 12/18/2002 4:46:42 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: kattracks
... before we jump to conclusions and start condemning groups of people, we should know what happened.'"

Oh... it's the old “See No Evil” shtick.

Spike Lee calls Trent Lott a card-carrying member of the KKK and gets away with it.

Robert Byrd was a KKK member and nobody in the black community, the media or black politicians bring it up.

27 posted on 12/18/2002 5:10:28 AM PST by johnny7
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To: Osprey
You misunderstood my post: I was explaining the logic of the offenders, not mine. Like you, I consider this a racist offense.
28 posted on 12/18/2002 5:40:02 AM PST by TopQuark
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To: kattracks
From The Daily Mississippian Online:

Black students charged in Kincannon racial incident
Web Exclusive

by Laura Houston
DM Campus News Editor
December 14, 2002

Three black freshmen students confessed to writing the Nov. 6 racial slurs in Kincannon Hall, a prank that drew national scrutiny as Ole Miss celebrated 40 years of desegregation.

The University Police Deparment has been investigating the incidents and announced their findings Wednesday. Five charges, including flagrant disrespect of a member of the university community, harassment and disorderly conduct, vandalism, disregard for university authority and abuse of the university judicial system, have been pressed against each student.

While the charges are criminal misdemeanors, the university customarily does not involve law enforcement authorities when a student commits such acts unless a police officers witnesses it taking place or a victim presses charges.

The students responsible for Nov. 6 acts want to write The Daily Mississippian a letter to the editor, expressing a public apology, said University Communications Director Jeff Alford Thursday, adding that the charged students "are very remorseful, they are scared and embarrassed and ashamed. They realize clearly what kind of harm they've caused, and they're upset about it."

When regular classes resume in January, the University Judicial Board will convene to hear testimony in the cases of the three students and decide whether to assign verbal reprimand, community service, restitution, suspension or expulsion to the students.The Judicial Board is composed of eight faculty members and eight students, advised by Dean of Students Sparky Reardon.

"It makes the university look bad unjustly, and it sours the hard work that the administration, the faculty and the students have made to making this more and more of a unified campus," Associated Student Body President Drew Snyder said. "If they find them guilty, my hope is that the punishment is extremely harsh."

The intangible damages wrought materialized in the number of students, faculty and staff attending meetings that gathered in the incident's wake, including an update gathering in Paris-Yates Chapel and a rally in front of the Student Union since the investigation began last month.

"This incident caused a great deal of hurt and anger and fear among many members of the university community, black and white," Alford said. "We can learn a lot about each other. We can learn about not making assumptions, and we can learn how hurtful our words can be."

There is speculation that a fourth student drew vulgar images and words, but investigators have not linked him to the racially insensitive actions of the other three.

Two black freshmen students awoke Nov. 6 to discover "F----- N-----," "F----- Hoe N-----," a tree and a noose on their residence hall doors along with images and references to genitalia scrawled in blue window chalk on the elevator, wall and doors of three other students.

The physical damages spanned the residence hall's fourth, fifth and sixth floors, amounting to roughly $600, Alford said. When they were initially discovered, the racial slurs lured national and statewide media attention in the midst of Ole Miss' observation of 40 years of desegregation.

The three students charged in the incident will be responsible for paying the costs of repair.

An irritated Chancellor Robert Khayat said the entire situation was "regrettable," but it taught the university community that no members "should engage in abusive behavior" and "before we jump to conclusions and start to condemning groups of people, we should know what happened."

 

29 posted on 12/18/2002 5:52:55 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: kattracks; Travis McGee
At the time the racist vandalism appeared, Ole Miss was commemorating the 40th anniversary of desegregation of its classrooms. Local and national observers immediately assumed the vandals were white.

Black students organized a "Say No to Racism" march and demanded more protection against white-on-black harassment.

This kind of behavior is going to bring to an end the white position of 'tolerance' and 'see,hear,speak no evil' toward the present day racial intolerance of many of America's blacks. The days of 21st century blacks as a protected minority, especially in universities, is going to end. We conservatives have to make sure that the dialogue is not stifled as it has been until now. I see it as one of the unintended consequences of the attacks on Trent Lott.

30 posted on 12/18/2002 6:15:31 AM PST by maica
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To: kattracks
Huge MM bumps - thanks for this one.
31 posted on 12/18/2002 6:18:57 AM PST by lodwick
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To: kattracks
Malkin is right there all the time.
This post is wonderful and should be stuck in the face of the likes of Fat Al, Jerky Jesse and the ever populating "Queasy NOfume" for their erudite ruminating while we are still in the Hang Lott cycle.
Rent the movie "Jackie Brown" and get a flavor of what is acceptable in the black community, they use the N----- word so many times it would be hard to count.

It is all crap.
32 posted on 12/18/2002 6:36:13 AM PST by chatham
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To: Sabertooth
Michelle Malkin desert-style howl!


33 posted on 12/18/2002 6:51:39 AM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: ErnBatavia
bttt
34 posted on 12/18/2002 6:59:30 AM PST by madfly
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To: kattracks
This story should definitely be trumpeted throughout the land. It is the first signal that widespread institutionalized racism in America is dead. Or at least gasping its last agonizing breaths.

The fact that young blacks can use the vilest symbols of racial hatred as a mere joke on their own kind is evidence that racism is no longer truly pervasive or threatening. In order to find this kind of chain yanking in-your-face prank funny they must have considered their targets to be uptight, paranoid stuffed shirts. They knew that there would be a big knee jerk reaction.

If the kind of racism that those symbols represent existed to any great degree today, the kind that was once directed at blacks by people who were willing to kill to express that hatred, they would not have found any humor in it at all. In fact if that kind of racism still existed they would be well aware that such a prank might make them the direct target of it. But it is doubtful they would have thought of it at all. If the oppressin were there there would be a solidarity of the oppressed.

These boys are malcontents in the 1st degree and their actions were hateful to both blacks and whites in their hopes to see anger and passion aroused in everyone around them. It's a shame that public stocks are no longer in vogue so that both black and white students could jeer them and pelt them with rotten tomatos in the school commons.

But let's not compound their foolishness by calling it a 'hate' crime. There are foul thoughts enough to go around and sooner or later what you are thinking may be 'found out' and called a crime. (We know the real reason you listen to Rush Limbaugh!) ; )

35 posted on 12/18/2002 8:21:35 AM PST by TigersEye
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To: Henrietta
I don't know if they can't compete but I can see for myself that most of them simply don't want to bother. They want it all to be easy, easy, easy.
36 posted on 12/18/2002 9:16:47 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: TigersEye
You are entirely TOO logical! And you are exactly right.
Today's generation of college students has no personal memory of the kind of racist behavior that they were emulating.

There was a situation in the DC area after Sept 11, 2001, when a black family's home was defiled with racist and anti-muslim graffiti. The perp turned out to be the daughter of the household's estranged husband.

Lots of news coverage when it looked like a 'hate' crime.

No publicity when it turned out to be a domestic dispute by a defiler who was also black!
37 posted on 12/18/2002 12:04:44 PM PST by maica
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To: maica
You are entirely TOO logical!

Now there's a compliment I can handle. I can wear my Mr. Spock ears with pride now. LOL
Thank you!

Today's generation of college students has no personal memory of the kind of racist behavior that they were emulating.

That is exactly right. The whole idea is a caricature to them today kept alive by politically correct NEA teachers and race hustlers like Je$$e Jack$on and Tawana Sharpton.

These kids have problems but like any kid who is let down by having their needs ignored, in this case a need for discipline and lessons in personal responsibility, they acted out against the bogus authority that let them down. They took it out on their peers who have bought into the race hustlers propaganda that preaches against personal responsibility. Without thinking it out I'm sure.

Like a younger sibling doing what he knows will most inflame the older in order to get him in trouble thinking that what he is doing is not that bad because the older one obviously acts irrationally to the baiting. The delinquent's mindset. I know it well. ;^)

Tagging things probably isn't considered all that bad amongst the whole group but they knew the 'racial' thing would get them. And they considered the 'racial' thing funny because it is such a big emotional trigger that to them is only founded in old folks stories and movies. The Je$$e stuff is hype and they know it just as well as we do. They've never actually seen it because it rarely ever happens anymore.

There will probably be more and more of these kinds of incidents by younger and younger kids because of the reaction it gets from adults.

FReegards, TigersEye

38 posted on 12/18/2002 7:27:24 PM PST by TigersEye
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