After police arrested Rogers for allegedly making up the attack, LGBT leaders rallied to support each other. They also said in a news release that, whatever Rogers did or didn’t do, hate crimes happen in Lincoln, and that victims should report them to the same investigators who believe Rogers lied about an attack that captivated the country.Previously, we had this remarkable puff-piece/canonization of Rogers, trumpeting her recent elevation as 'Mr. Star City Pride', and proclaiming
A few days after getting her crown and four days before she would report the alleged hate crime against her, Rogers promised to be a catalyst that would foment change, create something new that would help everyone.And earlier, in their comically named 'Faith and Values' section, the LJS used Rogers as poster-child for the proposition that 'we all lie a lot'. Well, maybe, or maybe not, but we don't all concoct elaborate hoaxes a lot. But getting back to today's piece, which emphasizes that hate crimes are really really real, and we have a lot of them.
Lincoln police started tagging hate crimes before the law required it, and there are more reports than you might think. The city made up less than one-tenth of the state’s population in 2010, but according to the FBI’s last report on hate crime statistics, Lincoln recorded two-thirds of the state’s 61 hate crimes that year....except, when you actually look at the number of hate crimes that go to court, they all mysteriously vanish. In fact, of those 61 hate crimes in 2010, exactly one resulted in a charge being brought. Some are mysterious...
The first hate crime of the year unfolded at the juvenile detention center, where a 17-year-old made a racial slur against a 12-year-old Sudanese boy. The younger boy punched him in the face.(So which one committed the hate crime?) Some were racial abuse left on answering machines; deplorable, but not even a crime. And some number were probably fakes., like Rogers'. And what of the single hate crime that was actually charged as such? The hate crime charge was dropped. The victim took off. And the perp. was given 15 month probation.
So, really, really really, we are assured there are a lot of hate crimes in Lincoln. But as far as actual charges go, we have Hoaxes 1, Hate crimes 0. Draw your own conclusions.