Recently Beloit College in Wisconsin was rocked by a wave a hate crimes. First someone slipped an anti-Semitic note under the door of a Jewish student and then a Muslim’s student’s dorm room door was spray painted with Islamophobic graffiti. So far the police still believe the anti-Jewish hate crime, but the anti-Muslim one has been exposed as a hoax. Imagine the shock because so many other anti-Muslim hate crimes have been on the level. Well, if you believe the media anyway.
The Beloit Daily News reported this early in the week:
Hundreds of members of the Beloit College community came together on Monday to discuss instances of what the college is referring to as hate crimes on the campus.
The event, which was closed to the public, had a variety of speakers that included President Scott Bierman, staff and faculty members and students.
Whitney Helm, Beloit College spokesperson, said there was a resounding message by the speakers:
“We aren’t defined by this. We need to listen and find the best way to move forward and to be supportive of those affected by those hate crimes.”
Helm said in a press release that two Beloit College students were targets of hate crimes this weekend. An anti-Semitic note was placed under a student’s door in a college residence hall on Friday. Then on Monday, an anti-Muslim threat was spray painted on a different student’s residence hall door and an offensive symbol was painted on a nearby wall.
She said both events are currently under investigation by the Beloit Police Department.
And just what did that investigation find? This according to WMTV:
A Beloit College student was arrested by Beloit police after police say he lied about a hate crime incident on campus.
Beloit police were investigating multiple hate crimes at Beloit College. On January 27, an anti-Semitic note was slipped under a dorm room door.
On January 30, 20-year-old Michael Kee reported his dorm room door and nearby wall were spray painted with a bias symbol and phrases related to his religion and ethnicity.
Police say Kee confessed he was responsible for the spray painting. He allegedly told police he saw how the campus community came together after the first reported incident and wanted similar attention.
You may notice that the WMTV report leaves out the part where Kee is accused of faking an anti-muslim hate crime, because the news just hates to beat up on a Muslim even when they do shit like this. You may also notice that Key appears to be a big fat white guy, which brings up a whole bunch of questions the news chose not to address.
I couldn’t find any information on specifically what Kee spray painted on his door, but the reports are consistent that it was related to his religion and ethnicity. Presumably he is a Muslim somehow, but what in the hell could he have possibly written about his ethnicity? Up yours, honky? Go back to Europe, whitey?
In any case, Kee was arrested and charged with obstructing, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage, which is actually quite rare in hate crime hoaxes.
Despite the hoax being exposed, Beloit issued this odd statement:
“This situation does not diminish the college’s resolve in resisting xenophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and Islamophobia that aims to intimidate and silence its targets. The Beloit College investigations of hate crimes continues.”
I guess it easier for the college to resist Islamophobia when it’s completely fake. It’s also nice to see that even in the face of complete bullshit, they continue to treat this hoax as a threat to their special snowflake students.