The Hate Crimes that Were Not: A List of Fake Hate Crimes

It has been almost two years since the Jussie Smollett race hoax scandal. Yet, we see very little critical analysis around accusations of racism in American society in the media or in common discourse.

To contribute toward meaningful discussions around racism, we thought it would be helpful to provide a list of fake hate crimes.

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Midfielder for the LA Galaxy Fired For Wife’s Twitter Rant.

Aleksandar Katai met the chopping block after Tea Katai, his wife, went on a twitter tirade. In her post, she condemned Black Lives Matter calling them “disgusting cattle” and called for the killing of protestors .

LA Galaxy immediatly fired Katai, a free-agent, from the team. In response, Katai offers his own condemnation over the comments made by his wife.

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Stockwell Day Apologizes After Rejecting Claims that Canada is Racist

Stockwell Day, former cabinet member of Stephen Harper in the Canadian government, received backlash for comments made during Power and Politics. On the program, Day argued, “Canadians are not racist. And our system… is not systematically racist.”

In response to the outrage, Day tweeted. “I ask forgiveness for wrongly equating my experiences to theirs. I commit to them my unending efforts to fight racism in all its forms,”

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Stan Wischnowski, Former Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Resigns after Backlash for Publishing “Buildings Matter, Too” Article.

After publishing Inga Saffron’s “Buildings Matter, Too,” article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stan Wischnowski faced backlash online and around his workplace.

The editors quickly distanced themselves from Wischnowski. The editors revised the headline and offered a public apology issued.

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Hachette UK Draws a Line in the Sand, Defending JK Rowling

Trans-activists labeled JK Rowling as “transphobic” due to her comments on social media. In response, some who work for Hachette publishing, her publisher, to end her contract. In response, Hachette replied.

“We fundamentally believe that everyone has the right to express their own thoughts and beliefs. That’s why we never comment on our authors’ personal views and we respect our employees’ right to hold a different view,”

Commenting on the discomfort and anger from employees threatening to cease working on Rowling’s upcoming novel, The Ickabog

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James Bennet, Opinion Editor for the New York Times, Resigns Over Tom Cotton Article

James Bennet published an article written by Tom Cotton (R-KY) calling for any means to quell riots in the US. In response editors claim a failure in oversight.

Instead, the editing process was rushed and flawed, and senior editors were not sufficiently involved,

In a scathing article against Tom Cotton and this oversight, Kara Swisher writes:

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Church of the Highlands Loses Leases After Head Pastor Likes Conservative Tweets

The City of Birmingham Alabama revoked the rental leases of the Church of the Highlands due to the social media activity of its lead pastor Chris Hodges. Ps. Hodges who liked various posts from Turning Point USA.

Overall, this megachurch rented school buildings from Birmingham City School to hold Sunday services along with community outreach. Part of the free services offered through these rented facilities include free covid-19 testing for residents in Birmingham’s public housing.

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Sacramento Kings Play-By-Play Announcer Fired after Tweeting “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”

Grant Napear was a play by play announcer for KHTK station. In response to DeMarcus Cousins question about BLM, Napear tweeted “All Lives Matter… Every Single One!” A strong public outcry ensued.

Napear quickly offered a formal apology on Twitter.

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