A New York woman has been arrested and charged with making false written punishable statements after fabricating a story alleging that she was the victim of a Trump-related hate crime.
“On Friday, Adwoa Lewis, 19, gave detectives a written statement stating she was driving home on Sept. 2 when four teenagers confronted her,” according to WCBV.
Lewis, a Long Island resident, claimed that the teens yelled “Trump 2016” and told her that she “didn’t belong there.” Further, she told police that she parked outside her home, and woke up with a slashed tire along with a note that said “go home” on her vehicle the next morning.
The story was apparently not as solid as Lewis would have preferred.
“An investigation into the alleged incident revealed Lewis had fabricated the story and no such altercation took place,” according to the report. “Police said Lewis later admitted she wrote the note and placed it on her car.”
Fake hate crimes are on the rise in America during a time when the political climate is already highly polarized. At least 10 such crimes were debunked on college campuses alone in 2017.
A student at the University of Michigan was fined $660 and is on a suspended 93-day jail sentence, pending probation adherence, for falsely reporting a hate crime last year. She told police that she was targeted for wearing a “solidarity pin” – the safety pin worn by leftists after Trump’s election – when in reality she scratched herself with the pin after becoming upset during a women’s literature class.
In April, 2017, an Indian-owned convenience store in Charlotte, NC was vandalized and set ablaze. A note reading “We need to get rid of Muslims, Indians and all immigrants.” It was signed, “White America,” was left behind.
Curtis Flournoy, a 32-year-old black man was arrested and charged for the crime. Surveillance video showed him lighting the fire, according to a report.
The spike in fake hate crimes has been so severe that a website, fakehatecrimes.org, now documents such incidents.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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