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Wilfred Reilly is a tenure-track Professor of Political Science at Kentucky State University. His interests include International Relations, contemporary American race relations, and the use of modern quantitative/empirical methods to test ""sacred cow"" theories. He is the author of The $50,000,000 Question.
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"1) understand that many hate crimes are hoaxes, 2) actively and aggressively punish individuals discovered to have faked bias crimes, 3) stop making excuses for these criminals, and 4) stop the flow of benefits with which we currently reward these crimes."
is right on the money.
Reilly's great achievement is to have put the issue on the table, and it is something that social scientists need to turn their attention to.
This book should be required reading by every student at the freshman level on entering high school and again on entering college.
Dr. Reilly properly points out that hate crime hoaxes ("HCH") are not harmless jokes intended to promote the mission of social awareness. Rather HCH rips at the social fabric by perpetuating noxious stereotypes and pitting communities against each other. Although Dr. Reilly did not mention it, another social injury that runs through his text is that HCH bankrupts social trust in our institutions, whether government, universities or journalism, as people know on some level that they are being gaslit.
I came to realize even prior to the 2016 election that many of the reports of hate crimes were mere hoaxes. During the aftermath of the 2016 election, I watched the social media outrage as one after another apparently fake hate crime was reported. Of course, it was impermissible at the time to suggest that a given hate crime was a hoax until long after the hoax had been exposed, by which time the narrative had moved on to another outrage.
Dr. Reilly's book is useful for those of us trying to hold on to our sanity in demonstrating in detail that what we are seeing is actually there.
Dr. Reilly's book is, in addition, quite enjoyable. He systematically dismantles HCH after HCS, invariably with humor and insight. Some of the cases he addresses are both pathetic and funny in their absurdity, such as when "Bias Outreach Response Coordinators" create the HCH they then blow up into a cause celebre to justify their existence. On other occassions, Dr. Reilly ably explicates the pathos of mentally broken individuals pathetically looking for some attention.
I came away from Dr. Reilly's book wondering about the mystery of evil. Some of these cases I can understand as ordinary venality, such as efforts to defraud insurance companies. Other times, the depth and extent of planning is completely baffling. Also, it is amazing how quickly these affairs unravel under the weakness of the plot's contradictions.
People should read this book. The key point of Dr. Reilly's argument is that HCH are ripping at American social fabric. Dr. Reilly, an academic, a conservative, and a POC, honestly believes that America is at risk of being ripped apart by HCH, which, though largely perpetrated by the left, have recently become appropriated by the alt-right. God protect America if both sides adopt the strategy previously owned by the Left.
Some of Dr. Reilly's observations need to be quoted. Here is one:
"The Dolezal case is an almost perfect metaphor for the relationship between the activist Left and the Black community. For almost half a century now, activists on the Left have ginned up charges of racism. They use faked or at best atypical incidents to create a false impression about the level of racism in America. And many of the activists playing this game are not Black. A surprising number—not just Dolezal, but probably at least 60 percent of BLM and antifa stalwarts—are not African American.43 And those who are biologically Black—the Nation of Islam, “the Moors,” the “Back to Africa” brothers—are completely out of touch with mainstream Black America, which is culturally conservative, respects Christianity, and is imbued with a nuanced but real patriotism. (Anyone who doubts the patriotism of Black Americans should take a quick look at rates of military service by race. African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 30.27 percent of active-duty enlisted men.)44 Tragically, fake hate crimes and the activists who exploit them are succeeding in convincing African Americans that our country is much more racist than it actually is. Removing this parasitic contingent of outsiders from positions of influence would do the Black community more good than almost anything else."
Finally, Dr. Reilly offers some solid suggestions about curbing HCH. Normally, I am averse to increasing criminal penalties or using the concept of "hate crime" as a component of criminal offense, but I am convinced that IF we accept the notion that hate crimes are particularly threatening to American social order, false reports that hold one side up to social obloguy are equally threatening. I'd like to see the concept of "hate crime" retired, but until it is, then Dr. Reilly's idea of holding hate crime hoaxers to higher penalties as a deterrence, and to take away the rewards that such hoaxers enjoy, is absolutely necessary if we are to avoid becoming the new Bosnia.
This is an easy, enjoyable, informative, important read.
While Reilly is giving his opinion, he presents the facts and backs them up with the source. There is a lot more to say about the content but that's my opinion. Read this and form your own.
The book, however, is stronger on the where, who, when, and what than the why and eventually the recounting of incidents becomes less effective.
But that doesn't mean hate crimes do not exist. Nor does this make “Hate Crime Hoax” a right-wing tome. It’s more of an honest assessment of how sensationalist and damaging the public discourse has become, with much of the blame directed at modern journalism. Click-bait media is clearly chasing every story of perceived racism, even when later we often find almost everything about it was made up. (If the book was updated with incidents from this past 6 months, he would have the MAGA Covington kids, Jazmine Barnes in Houston, Jussie Smollett in Chicago, and Erica Thomas — the Georgia legislator who was NOT actually told to “go back where you came from” just this past week — to add to the list.)
The data Dr. Reilly showcases proves there is nothing less than a moral panic taking place in the U.S. and this happened well before Donald Trump became president. Though it’s certainly getting worse during his presidency, as people increasingly make things up to legitimate their own skewed perception of what’s not-exactly-happening. Reilly includes empirical facts throughout. For example, he shows how wrongheaded the Black Lives Matter movement is by proving there isn’t an epidemic of black people being killed by white cops. That’s because the numbers surrounding police-involved killings simply can't lead to that conclusion:
* Only 36 unarmed black people killed by police in 2015 (17 killed by white cops, so not even half)
* 258 total blacks killed out of his data set of 1,200, so 76% killed were NOT black
I’ve done similar analyses and came up with similar numbers. When you understand that at least 50% of those murdered by gun violence in this country, as well as the murderers themselves, are black (17,250 total murders in 2016 alone) you can see how dishonest it is for media to judge police as racially biased just because they’re not killing all racial groups at the exact same percentage of their share of the population. (People fail to use the same logic nor come up with hashtags like #MaleLivesMatter regarding the fact 95% of people killed by police are men.) Neither are there widespread occurrences of whites attacking blacks. Reilly points out how anti-racist Tim Wise AND likely racist Jared Taylor both came to nearly the same figure of cross-racial crime as heavily one-sided against white people, and concludes himself, “The average Black American is 5 times as likely to attack an individual white American as vice versa.” This is actually a figure I never fully trusted as I never trusted the people presenting it. But I trust Reilly.
You get the picture. And with one-third of those hate crime hoaxes taking place on college campuses where only 2% of our population lives, you also can understand what his general premise is, and one that I've long suspected: The data proves the DEMAND for hate far outstrips the SUPPLY of hate in the United States today when it comes to bigotry or anti-black racism. As I mentioned in his opening lines, Reilly calls the exposing of this tomfoolery as “lancing the boil,” and it’s desperately needed in our political discourse.
I’ve written about several of these topics myself. But I doubt I could have compiled a book that pulls it altogether so clearly. A brauvaura work.
The book , although quite scholarly, is also written in a style that non academics should like.