A “Racist” Note Lead To Protests At St. Olaf College, Now The College Said It Was Faked
Once again, another hate crime threat against a minority group, during the reign of President Donald Trump, has been determined to be a hoax.
Samantha Wells, a black student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minessota, claimed that she found an anonymous typed note attached to her windshield that read,
“I am so glad you are leaving soon. One less N***** this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up.”
The incident inspired multiple protests and marches at the university, and according to the Star Tribune, the cancelling of university classes.
The authorities closed the case after Wells said that she did not want to participate with the investigation into the matter, and was not seeking to press charges at the supposed racist perpetrator.
Wells also destroyed the note, eliminating the only evidence that a hate crime took place, before the police could examine the note. She reportedly took the paper outside and destroyed it in a “symbolic burning.”
Wells was a featured speaker at the subsequent rallies, aimed at bringing attention to the systemic racism at the institution, and “tearfully” recounted how the note made her afraid. Wells was neither confirmed nor denied as being the author of the note, and did not respond to the Star Tribune’s attempts to contact her.
St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson sent out a college-wide email communication, in which he explained that the university had discovered the author of the note, but could not disclose that person’s identity or the actions taken against the individual due to federal privacy laws.
He also explained that the note was “fabricated,” was not a “genuine threat,” and was a part of a “strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.”
The big problem with this hate crime hoax, and the many others that have sprung up to push the narrative that the election of Donald Trump has made the country racist, is that it creates a scenario in which a future genuine hate crime could actually be dismissed because people may assume that it is just another group trying to evoke sympathy to their cause.
What do you think should happen to people who falsely claim to be victims of hate crimes?
Source: The Washington Post
Source: The Star Tribune
Source: PJ Media