Thursday, October 11, 2007

Columbia Noose Incident: Hate Crime or Hate Hoax?

Venturing to a place the MSM would never dare to tread…

hate crime
Function: noun

: any of various crimes (as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

In March 2004, Kerri Dunn, a visiting professor of social psychology at Claremont McKenna College reported to police that her car had been spray painted with racial slurs, and her tires slashed in an apparent hate crime committed while she was on campus delivering an anti-hate crime speech. Ms. Dunn’s opinions on racism and sexism were well known on campus. The allegations garnered nationwide media coverage.

The ensuing investigation discovered witnesses that testified they saw Ms. Dunn arrive on campus with the car already covered in spray paint, and watched her as she slashed two of her tires. Classes were cancelled the following day at satellite campuses around the state because of student protests against hate crimes. Ms. Dunn intimated that students were the culprits.

Investigations by the FBI lead to Ms. Dunn being convicted of two counts of insurance fraud, and one count of filing a false police report. She was sentenced to one year in a state prison.

On October 9th, Madonna Constantine, a well respected professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, reported that a noose had been tied to her office door at the school. Professor Constantine, who has written extensively on the subjects of ethnicity and racism, stated she wants the perpetrators to know that she will not be silenced.

The incident prompted a student walkout and campus demonstrations against hate crimes. Members of the city’s hate crime task force were sent to the campus to investigate the incident. The New York state AG office has also sent members of it’s civil rights bureau to look into the alleged hate crime. The incident has attracted widespread media attention.

Columbia University officials have refused to turn over a security videotape that could help police identify the perpetrator/s. Police will be forced to get a court order before the school will release any security tapes from Professor Constantine’s building.

Now if they can just find three white lacrosse players...

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