Nobody would have foreseen that hate crimes would have made a comeback in the 21st Century…
But here we are.
However, there’s something happening that seems worse than the hate crimes…
The FAKING of hate crimes.
Why is this worse?
Because it does two things…
First, it could ruin the life of an innocent person, whether that person ends up in prison or the accusations wreck their reputation and force them to leave the lives they’ve known in order to escape it.
Secondly, fake hate crimes cast doubt on REAL hate crimes, making the public is less likely to accept it.
This is dangerous…
But it seems to be a growing trend. People are starting to fake these hate crimes for multiple reasons.
The Evolution Of Smolletting
Some fake them in order to get attention and sympathy…
While others, like Jussie Smollett, fake them for financial gain.
Smollett felt he wasn’t getting paid enough for his role on the show “Empire” and believed faking a hate crime would give him more power in the negotiating process.
To be honest, it wasn’t a bad idea. The exposure would raise his profile and bring the show more attention. Of course, the idea was good, but the execution was terrible…
As he hired two African brothers to wear “Make America Great Again” hats and “rough him up.”
To REALLY play it up, when the cops got to Smollett’s apartment, he was STILL wearing the noose they allegedly put around his neck.
Everything seemed fishy – the cops and judge thought so immediately and took appropriate actions.
What Smollett saw as a bargaining tool to get more money ended up KILLING his show, his chances at more money, and, ultimately, it may have cost him his career.
Because the case was high-profile – it put the idea into other people’s heads too.
Desperate People Doing Desperate Things
People like Edawn Louis Coughman.
He’s sort of an ex-NFL football player, although the former offensive tackle never saw a second of play in the League and was signed to seven teams from 2012 to 2016.
Coughman opened a bakery at some point in his home state of Georgia – and he must have been in over his head, as he staged a hate crime in order to try and sell off his equipment in what the police are saying is insurance fraud.
The Gwinett County Police said, “It appears as though Edawn conjured a premeditated plan to damage his own property, attempt to make it appear as a hate crime, file a claim with his insurance company, and sell off the undamaged appliances and electronics.”
In the photos, you can see hastily painted graffiti and symbols like the n-word, a swastika, and “MAGA.” Too bad that, when the police pulled over the truck seen at the crime scene, Coughman was the one driving it…
Also in the car were the TVs he ripped off the walls, as well as a yellow crowbar (used to break into the back door), and cans of black spray paint.
It’s a shame that people are now using the pain of others for their own financial gain.
Could you imagine the scrutiny a real hate crime would receive in that city after this?
But desperate people do desperate things.
It’s just shameful it has to come at the cost of believing somebody else.
“Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.” – James Thurber