Hate crimes do occur, but now, those claims will seem a little less valid because a girl in New York City decided to make up a story blaming Trump supporters when she missed her curfew.
Yasmin Sewed, 18, claimed she was harassed and called a terrorist by Trump followers in a “hate attack” while using the subway in New York on December 1.
NBC reports she initially told police the men had said:
“Get out of this country” and to “Get the f****** hijab off your head!”
She stated that they had tried to tear off her headscarf and that no bystanders had intervened during the alleged incident. She also said that one of the men had grabbed her bag, breaking the strap.
“It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs,” she said on Facebook one day later. (source)
Police became suspicious when they could find no CCTV footage to support her story and when not a single witness to the crime stepped forward.
Last Friday, Sewed went missing for 24 hours. On the following Wednesday, she was arrested for making up the story. She has been charged with filing a false report and obstructing governmental administration.
She admitted fabricating the story to avoid trouble with her parents because she had been drinking and had stayed out beyond her curfew.
The New York Daily News reports:
Her strict, Muslim parents allegedly forced Seweid to shave her head over the incident and were upset that she was dating a Christian, sources said.
The bareheaded Baruch College student, not wearing her hijab, was charged with filing a false report and released after her arraignment early Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court. A relative covered Seweid’s face with a black down jacket as she was escorted into a waiting SUV following her brief court appearance.
She faces up to a year in jail for each charge.
There have been hundreds of reports of hate crimes since the election.
In the days following the presidential election hundreds of “hate crimes” were reported. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) spoke to the BBC:
The nonprofit group said many of the attacks were linked to supporters of President-Elect Donald Trump.
It comes after the FBI reported a 67% rise in anti-Muslim bigotry last year.
Senior SPLC fellow Mark Potok said it has created an online form for victims to report hate attacks.
It added that it was also monitoring social media and news reports of hate incidents.
In the days after the election of Mr Trump in November, hundreds of alleged cases of intimidation and abuse were reported in the US. Many of the cases were linked to Trump supporters, a monitoring group said.
The group said its new tracking method had found “on an anecdotal level [the increase in hate attacks] has been obvious”.
“An awful lot of these crimes are directly linked to the Trump campaign in the sense that graffiti was left or words were shouted that directly invoked Trump,” Mr Potok added.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has also been critical of Mr Trump’s decision to appoint a right-wing media executive to the role of chief White House strategist.
“On an anecdotal level?”
That hardly seems statistical to me.
Many reports have been disproven, while others have no evidence either way.
Since the election, there has been a rash of “hate crime” hoaxes across the country. Hate crimes do occur, and victims have the right to have their cases investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice. However, fake hate crimes just invalidate the real ones.
The DC Caller published a round-up of quite a few of false reports in which the alleged victims claimed to have been attacked by Trump supporters.
It would be difficult not to draw a parallel to the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1600s. Every time something unfortunate happened, people said, “Oh my gosh, witchcraft!” and another woman got tortured to death for consorting with Satan. As people became more entrenched in mass hysteria, they became more willing to believe that someone was engaging in witchcraft with less evidence to prove it.
Come on, people. Don’t we have enough real issues on which to focus?
Clearly, the “hate” isn’t that bad if people have to keep making up incidents.