Empire star Jussie Smollett stands accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself by MAGA hat—wearing assailants. Now, the year-old is under arrest , charged with fabricating a racist and homophobic hate attack on himself. Justice advocates worry that it may set back the fight against bigotry. Law enforcement personnel said Thursday that the actor arranged the phony assault as a publicity stunt in the midst of a dispute over his Empire salary.
Hate crime hoaxes present burdens, lessons for college campuses
When threatening notes that targeted minority students started showing up around the Trinity International University campus in , administrators spoke to the campus and conferred with police before ultimately evacuating all students of color from their residence halls. The Federal Bureau of Investigation came in to look into the apparent hate crime, and arrested a suspect in less than a week. But hundreds of students did hold a rally for her in March, long before police discovered earlier this month thanks to a camera in a hall closet, which was installed after the one initially placed in her room was turned off that she was slipping the notes under her own door. Rarely are apparent hate crimes uncovered as hoaxes, but those sorts of incidents have been popping up on campuses for years and are still a difficult phenomenon to address.
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Those allegations were detailed in police reports last year, when the number of hate crimes reported in Chicago was higher than any year since at least Through mid-November, police had taken 87 hate crime reports. Hate crimes reported against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were at a recent high.