Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Big Hoax at St Olaf

Hat tip The College Fix

                                                                                     "A fine kettle of fish."

"Anderson told students last month in an email that the racial incidents appear to be “the work of one or a small number of people.”
“This person uses the same modus operandi every time this happens; even the handwriting on the notes is similar from incident to incident,” he wrote."

It's become an all too familiar pattern especially on college campuses. Someone reports being the victim of a hate crime- either a physical or verbal assault of the recipient of a racist message. An investigation is launched costing man hours, resources, and money. If it's a college campus, the social fabric of the institution is turned upside down with protests and demands. Then it is all determined to be a hoax designed to gain sympathy for a cause. Such was the case at St Olaf College in Minnesota, where a black female student reported a racist note being left on her car. As it turns out, she was the culprit.

The campus paper, the Manitou Messenger gives us an illustration as to how this has turned the campus upside down.

"This Ends Now"

I'll say.

Another unfortunate aspect of this is that it casts doubt on true reports of racism or bias.Who knows what to believe anymore? This past week, I wrote sympathetically when Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Adam Jones reported that fans in Boston's Fenway Park called him the n-word and threw a bag of peanuts at him. Yet, some like ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling disbelieved Jones. I still do believe him.

These people who would commit these hoaxes need to learn that they are doing a disservice to all.

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