Yesterday, during the popular Fox News show, "The Five," Greg Gutfeld decried the "hate crime hoax factory," where "business is doing great these days." Gutfeld said that the "fetish for divisiveness makes for an environment that engages and rewards the resentful," and observed that "because hate is in short supply, the resentful have to create it."
But how about the victims? Do the targets of fake hate crimes hurt any less? Yet the perpetrators of such hoaxes do not face anywhere near the penalties in which the perpetrators of "hate crimes" are subjected.
Many hate crime hoaxes have been reported recently, including the likely hate crime hoax in Lunenburg, Mass, as reported by the Examiner.
Gutfeld says in his monologue,
"At least one business is doing great these days; the hate crime hoax factory. They've even hit a new high, or low, as the perps of such crimes are the people meant to curb them."
Gutfeld referenced an article by Robby Soave of Daily Caller, who reports,
"Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes — and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team..."
Some of the messages left around campus included,
“Avoid Being B*tches,” “F*** N*****,” and, “Hey Tranny. Know Your Place.”
Gutfeld says, "It's the victims doing the victimizing..." and asks a compelling question:
"How can creating false hate crimes not be hate crimes themselves? After all," he says, "the violators intent is to help themselves by hurting others, right?"
The question is this, is the pain inflicted by the "hate crime" dependant on the perpetrator? Is a transgendered student less hurt now, for example, after discovering that the "hate crime" was a hoax?
The football players who were accused of racism at Lunenburg High School were the target of a town-wide witch-hunt, as reported at Liberty Unyielding today. Yet, they have been exonerated.
"Sadly the media and academics don't mind these deeds, for they believe in one greater fact. It doesn't matter if that hate crime is fake because a real one just like it has to be happening somewhere else. It's the assumption that drives all perceived injustice. We don't need facts, just feelings to find fault. Sadly this fetish for divisiveness makes for an environment that engages and rewards the resentful. And because hate is in short supply, the resentful have to create it. It's hate karaoke, where the singers bang out hit after hit to the delight of a cooing, angry crowd. Fabrication is their livelihood. The scary part is in twenty years, they'll be the historians writing about this era as if all of their lies were true.
Should the perpetrators of hate crime hoaxes be subject to the same punishment as anyone else committing a "hate crime?" And if not, why not?