Melvin Hale is an assistant professor in Emporia State’s School of Library and Information Management. His wife Angelica Hale was an assistant to the dean of the school. They are both black and reported a racial incident that was almost certainly bullshit last April. They demanded a hate crime investigation and got it. Unfortunately, the results of the investigation found that no hate or racism occurred, so now they are suing the university.
The story goes like this: Last April someone allegedly wrote a racial slur on a piece of paper and slipped it under the office door of Angelica Hale’s grad assistant. Right off the bat you can see that this supposed incident wasn’t directed at either of the Hales. In any case, Melvin Hale publicly accused an unnamed person, presumably a faculty member, of perpetrating this hate crime without a shred of evidence.
After making a spectacle of himself, Hale demanded that the university investigate the incident as a hate crime. The school conceded and looked into the matter. According to The AP:
In September, the university said an investigation of the incident and its aftermath found no evidence of a hate crime or racial discrimination.
I think that’s a nice way of saying this was yet another hate crime hoax.
Since the unsubstatiated hate crime, Angelic Hale’s contract was not renewed and the university no longer employs her. She has filed a complaint with the Kansas Human Rights Commission alleging she was called derogatory names because of her race and terminated for complaining about it.
Melvin Hale is still employed, but he has been told he too will be fired if it doesn’t tone it down. He said the university has asked him to stop accusing university employees of racism and for him to behave in a more professional manner. Hale says he will not comply with the request.
So now comes the lawsuit. Melvin Hale filed a $150,000 lawsuit in federal court accusing Emporia State of racial discrimination, as well as damaging his reputation and career.
Melvin Hale alleges in his lawsuit that the university’s findings damaged his reputation by portraying him as a liar and a fraud.
Here’s how I see it: The Hales were campus agitators that constantly complained about racism that didn’t exist. They likely staged a hate crime because they couldn’t prove their claims of racism any other way. When the university investigated and found that the hate crime was bullshit and that the Hales were probably behind it, Melvin Hale filed a lawsuit in an attempt to save face. They should be arrested for theft because they just stole a page out of Al Sharpton’s playbook.
These two “racial justice warriors” just made things a lot harder on legitimate prospective black employees. Whether Emporia State will admit it or not, they will think twice before hiring other black professors. If it comes down to two applicants, one black and one white, with equal qualifications, they’re going with the white one. After all of the stink and grief caused by the Hales, they’d be crazy not to.