Since the election of President Donald Trump one year ago, the number of hate crimes being reported has jumped off the charts.
But after police have time to investigate, they find many of the reports turn out to be unsubstantiated, or outright false.
The latest case of fake hate was meant to make victims of five black students at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs in September. Racist slurs written on a student message board triggered a stern response from the superintendent telling bigoted cadets to “get out.” That speech went viral on social media and was held up as an example of righteous indignation against the new racism of “Donald Trump’s America.”
“If you’re outraged by those words, you’re in the right place. That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA and it has no place in the Air Force. You should be outraged not only as an airman but as a human being,” said a stern-faced Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria as he lectured cadets and staff in a video that garnered more than 1.2 million views on YouTube. He then connected the racial slurs to “the backdrop of what’s going on in our country, things like Charlottesville and Ferguson, and the protests in the NFL.”
Now, more than two months later, the truth comes out. The alleged evil act was a fabrication, a complete hoax, perpetrated by one of the alleged victims, the academy confirmed on Tuesday. (Read more from “Another Hate Crime Reported, Another Fake Story Exposed” HERE)