Is there a tally of fake hate crimes in the United States, by year, with ideological identification? I'm defining a fake hate crime as any incident where one:

  • defaces, destroys or vandalizes a public space, building, car, etc. with graffiti
  • lies about an assault, attack, or racist or derogatory speech directed at themsevles
  • plants racist, misogynistic, or anti-religious symbols

with the aim of using deception to marginalize political or cultural enemies, or to garner sympathy for a cause or group.

For example, I would consider this a fake hate crime:

Police say liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax, framed conservatives

But this is a real one:

Cal Poly student arrested in connection with death threat against SLO Solidarity leader

There is a fakehatecrime.org website that doesn't look legit to me, FYI. You have to join, and quite honestly, I didn't feel comfortable giving them my info. So if you know more about the site or if your mileage varies, let me know.

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    I doubt that one exists, as it is hard to track (especially as you go back in history). I looked around that site and while I wouldn't necessarily use the word "garbage," it is riddled with inconsistencies, flimsy reporting, and lack of clarity.
    – rougon
    Feb 1 '17 at 20:41
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    Good luck. It's hard to imagine how you would even collect these statistics. We can collect stats on actual hate crimes because they result in a conviction, by tracking journal entries from the courts we can track the crimes. But what do you track for fake crimes? Feb 1 '17 at 21:28
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    @indigochild. The news. Also it's illegal to file false police reports.
    – user9790
    Feb 1 '17 at 21:30
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    @gnasher729. No, for example during the Bill Clinton Era there was a rash of black church burnings that were reported as hate crimes. Turned out to be an arsonist burning black and white churches but the press only picked up on the black ones.
    – user9790
    Feb 1 '17 at 22:21
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    @KDog, You're right, (I'd misunderstood your example), my apologies.
    – agc
    Feb 1 '17 at 23:08