RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hate crimes and fantasies

The Lincoln Journal Star has now published its third article whitewashing/sanitizing the hate crime hoax pepetrated by lesbian Charlie Rogers. The article concludes
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.


  1. I found it very strange that the LJS didn't hedge their earliest reports on the Rogers story with the usual qualifier "alleged."

    You'd expect that kind of thing from the "advocacy groups" but a news organization ought to know better. The police had barely begun their investigation and the media was treating it like a done deal.

    I also found it strange that even though Rogers was supposedly in hiding in a safe house, and had requested anonymity in those early days, the LJS blurted out that “officers were called to 22nd and E streets," which pretty much narrowed her home down to one of four on the intersection.

    Other news outlets showed her front door, complete with her street number, and CNN and others identified her next door neighbors by name.

    Sloppy reporting all around. Good post.

  2. Agreed. I'd identified the house using Google Earth.