When The Washington Post and Academia Miss the Mark on Hate Crime Hoaxes

I’ll Keep This Short: Does This Phenomenon of Calling Out Hate Need Reevaluation? What is Mainstream Media Not Getting?

I’m not saying Brian Levin’s wrong on some points. And even Fox News quotes him heavily. I put most of the blame on The Washington Post. Still, there's little doubt the former Southern Poverty Law Center staffer is invested in a certain narrative.

Addendum

Some points don’t come across. And maybe I missed making one here. After I originally wrote this article, Brian Levin and myself had a little back and forth on Twitter when I saw he again downplayed hoaxes in when posting The Washington Post article about this incident in Colorado Springs.

  1. The right will continue to play up false flag hate crime incidents, because they’re the ones most often blamed for committing them. (Even though it’s ironic and definitely under-reported that non-Hispanic whites are under 50% of the offenders while being 61% of the population. Note: That FBI hate crime offender link actually combines “white” with Hispanic to represent 77% of the total population.)
  2. The left — and those that profit from the narrative of unyielding hate like Levin and the Southern Poverty Law Center — will continue to downplay false flag hate crime incidents, for the same partisan reasons.
  3. The rest of us are stuck in the middle trying to make sense of it all.

Finally…

I’m not the only writer to have a run-in with the “tendentious” Brian Levin. Check out this story by conservative Michelle Malkin:

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David Shuey

Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes for all. Empiricism, relevant facts, and logical arguments > simple narratives.