Not All 'Hate Crimes' Are What They Seem
2:23 PM, Nov 17, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
A black man from Mississippi has been arrested and accused of sending racist death threats over the Internet to three black students at Louisiana's Nicholls State University.
The FBI in New Orleans said Dyron Hart, 19, was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of sending the messages by way of the students' Facebook accounts. The messages contained racial epithets and death threats and were sent to two black women and a black man at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La.
The author of those messages cast himself as a white man who intended to kill blacks because Barack Obama was elected president.
Don't let this story become an urban myth about the embers of racial hatred burning afresh in white youth since the election of Obama. Its perpetrator likely knew that myth would be quite easy to create.