Since the election victory of Donald Trump, numerous stories surfaced about hate crimes allegedly tied to supporters of the businessman, or his rhetoric, some true and many not.
Although the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that hate crimes since the election, a number of the incidents have been refuted or shown to be hoaxes or badly timed jokes. Here are some remarkable instances.
A Muslim teenager from Long Island by the name of Yasmin Seweid told the authorities that she was sexually harassed on the subway by a man called “Donald Trump!” while trying to remove her headscarf. Within two weeks, the police said that she admitted that she lied because she broke her curfew. She is now faced with the costs of filing and false report.
Immediately after the election, a Muslim woman in Louisiana claimied that she was attacked and had her hijab ripped off. In a statement released not long after, the Lafayette Police Departmenet said that during the investigation into the incident, the woman admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and purse by two white men.”
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Trump supporters and protesters face off in Maine, on Dec. 19.
A hateful note on a white board at Elon University in North Carolina with the text “Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista’ was actually a satire written by a Latino student at the school, according to the Elon News Network.
“The message was written by a Latino student who was upset about the results of the election and wrote the message as a comment,” Smith Jackson, vice president for Student Life, told ENN.
Hateful remarks allegedly sent to a North Park student at the University of Chicago “fabricated” according to the school is the president. The student said on Nov. 14 that they had received messages taped to her door that offensive language and mentions of Trump.
“We are convinced that there is no further threat of repeated intolerance for each and every member of our campus community arising from this recent incident,” university President David Parkyn said in a statement.
In a widely shared Facebook post of the University of Minnesota student Kathy Mirah Tu claimed that she was approached by white men and said “go back to Asia.” The University of the police and the local police station said they had no record of the incident. After receiving thousands of comments and shares, Tu’s Facebook post disappeared and her account was deactivated.