Incidents of false hate crime reports have occurred throughout the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump
Edinburg – Racial slurs left in the female restroom have left students shaken and left UTRGV authorities scrambling to find the individual(s) responsible for it.
The incident occurred April 10, and the offensive material was left in the first floor female restroom in the Mathematics & General Classrooms Building.
Staff and students were sent the following alert from UTRGV Police.
KGBT News 4 covered the story and interviewed representatives of student
organizations to hear their concerns on the incident.
The hate message appeared to be primarily focused on the hispanic community.
According to the report taken by KGBT 4 News, of those sharing their concerns, neither expressed any concern that the incident could be an instance of a fake hate crime, specifically created to perpetuate the narrative that supporters of President Trump are racist.
Since the election of Donald Trump, numerous reports of false hate crime reports have popped up throughout the United States, and all in effort to frame supporters of the President as intolerant racist.
Earlier this month, an African-American man in Knoxville, TN, plead guilty for posing as a White man, sending numerous hostile hate letters to area residents.
According to an unsent letter, the following excerpt is an example of the hate messages sent to targeted residents.
(Wjcl.com) “I am a very racist white man and with Mr. Trump in the White House being the Prisdent (sic) white people going to take over the world…
Also earlier this month, an Indiana State University professor was arrested for making false hate harassment claims against himself, including a claim of assault.
The perpetrator, Azhar Hussain, an assistant professor at ISU was accused of making false anti-Islamic threats against himself all in effort to gain sympathy for the Islamic community.
On March 24, Hussain reported an assault in the College of Technology in which he said he was attacked from behind as he was entering his office early that morning. He told police he was thrown to the floor.
He said he had not seen his attacker, and no words were spoken. ISU Police at the time said four people in the vicinity were unable to corroborate his story, saying they’d seen no suspicious activity or people.
Back in November 2016, a woman admitted to fabricated a story involving white men, emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory, of ripping off her hijab.
In a press release Thursday afternoon, the Lafayette Police Department said that during the course of their investigation into the woman’s complaint, she “admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males.
“This incident is no longer under investigation” by the department, the statement said.
Also last November, a man admitted to fabricating a story about two white men who approached him an verbally assaulted him, including invoking threats of lynching. According to the false claim, the white men proclaimed “It’s Trump Country Now.”
These are just a few samples of numerous cases of false hate crime allegations through out the U.S.
Many of these hate crime scenarios, including the incident at UTRGV appear to have many coincidental similarities. For one, they directly invoke the name of Donald Trump as to immediately and conveniently force the connection between the President and racism, and associate the racial tension with his supporters.
Authorities investigating hate incidents at UTRGV can’t overlook the possibilities of false hate crime scenarios. This especially when hostile individuals of the Antifa (Anti-facist) movement may have made their presence known on campus.
For the Antifa movement, “Good Night White Pride” is a rallying cry, once associated with combating White Supremacy but now re-purposed against supporters of Donald Trump.
UTRGV is no stranger to incidents of graffiti. Since the election of President Trump, numerous occurrences of hostile messages have been reported across campus. Images below are left un-altered.
The above incidents of graffiti did not spark any condemnation from the same individuals interviewed by KGBT 4, nor did UTRGV administration, including UTRGV President Guy Bailey make a statement condemning the acts. It is unknown if investigations are on-going regarding these incidents.