All posts tagged: Jussie Smollett

Quillette Podcast 44 – Professor Wilfred Reilly on Hate Crime Hoaxes

Toby Young talks to Wilfred Reilly, an assistant professor of political science at Kentucky State University, about his new book documenting the prevalence of hate crime hoaxes and what that tells us about contemporary American society. Professor Reilly recently wrote an article about hate crime hoaxes for Quillette entitled The Hate-Crime Epidemic That Never Was: Seattle Case Study.

Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think

This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie Smollett for disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29, but in the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed Smollett had hired two men to attack him. Other reports implied he was also a suspect in a federal investigation of threatening letters mailed to Smollett the week before the attack. This was all baffling to many people unfamiliar with hate crime hoaxes. The author Roxane Gay tweeted that she “genuinely thought no one, and especially no one that famous, could make something like that up.” I don’t even know what to say about Jussie Smollett. His story has seemed suspect for days now but I genuinely thought no one, and especially no one that famous, could make something like that up. — roxane gay (@rgay) February 17, 2019 But people make all sorts of things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate crime …