Read more commentary:

Fake news is a test for citizens. Here’s how to pass it.

Covington Catholic furor is a warning to end our dangerous social media mob mentality

Kirsten Powers: I’m not proud of role I’ve played in toxic public debate. I plan to change.

That is true, but it is no one’s job to exaggerate (or fake) hate crimes either. According to FBI statistics, there were 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, of which 28 percent were anti-black and 9 percent aimed at gay men.

That is up from the 6,121 reported hate crimes in 2016, but part of a growing trend that began in 2014, so it is hard to pin the blame on President Donald Trump.

Also, while even one hate crime is too many, they are not rampant compared with crime in general. In 2017 there were 788 aggravated assaults motivated by one form of bias or another out of an estimated 810,825 total aggravated assaults that year. And note that the overall number of assaults had also increased since 2016, which fits the general trend.

Smollett ‘could have created a race war’

Smollett played the victim card to the hilt after the alleged hoax attack, telling fans at a performance in West Hollywood how he “fought the f— back” against his attackers and bragging that he was “the gay Tupac,” an exorbitant claim that rapper 50 Cent satirized in a scathing meme.

Smollett’s family called the incident an act of domestic terrorism. And on cue various figures in the press, punditry and politics launched into the usual overheated analyses of what the attack symbolized in Trump’s America. Democratic presidential aspirants Kamala Harris and Corey Booker both amplified the victim narrative with ominous references to lynching, then sheepishly retreated when the affair turned out to be a case of fake noose.

One of the most preposterous quick takes appeared in GQ, which heatedly concluded that “America’s choice to embrace the blind rage of late-stage whiteness in decline is an explicit longing for this kind of crime.”

This article was tweeted out by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who ironically warned that the “dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is (sic) killing & hurting our people.”

The dangerous lie was the one attributed to Smollett, whom black civil rights activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic HOPE said, “could have created a race war.”

Smollett expected the outrage he garnered

Of course, Smollett would have expected righteous outrage to erupt in response to his alleged hoax crime. It would have been part of the marketing effort. CNN’s Don Lemon, while acknowledging that it was “not cool” for Smollett to lie, seemed to imply that the real issue was a failure on the accused felon’s part to have an effective crisis public relations plan, referencing Smollett’s softball interview on Good Morning America.

Maxine Waters Reacts to Jussie Smollett Arrest: ‘I Would Be Disappointed’ if It’s a Hoax

  • 50 Cent on Turning Down Trump’s $500k Offer: ‘Don’t Bring Me to Fix the African American Vote’

  • Stocks rise on U.S.-China trade hopes; oil up again

  • MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man

  • American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home

  • Robin Roberts Reacts to Jussie Smollett’s Arrest After Her TV Interview With Actor

  • Roger Stone Gagged After Judge Dismisses His ‘Hollow’ Apology

  • Barack Obama wore a black bomber jacket with ’44’ on the sleeve and the internet is obsessed

  • Netflix just bought one of the biggest movies in the world

  • PHOTOS: Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital killing dozens

  • Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys ‘you matter’


  • Winter storm brings rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip

  • Federal worker won big on lotto ticket

  • Fiancé of Missing Colo. Mom Beat Her With Bat After Blindfolding Her for Candle Smell Test: Nurse

  • Teacher placed on leave after allegedly ripping 11-year-old student’s braids from her head

  • Laura Ingraham goes after critics of controversial 1971 John Wayne interview: ‘This is what the Taliban does’

  • PHOTOS: Beijing’s Forbidden City illuminated for Lantern Festival

  • Family alleges basketball fans yelled ‘monkey’ and the N-word at their son during high school game


  • Tenn. Gov. Lee says he regrets wearing Confederate uniform

  • Car nearly hits young kids as driver jumps curb in attempt to get around buses

  • The Monkees’ Peter Tork dies at age 77

  • Tax refunds are $11.5 billion behind our forecast: UBS

  • KU volunteer volleyball coach accused of stealing underwear from female players

  • PHOTOS: Presidents Day protests decry Trump’s emergency declaration

  • Original Source

    Join The Discussion

    avatar

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

      Subscribe  
    Notify of