Every year or so, or maybe more often, gullible reporters pick up on another campus hoax involving racist incidents. These incidents often involve some connection with the ancient KKK, such as nooses, white hoods, burning crosses, etc. I can’t remember the last time one of these incidents turned out to be “genuine.” It usually turns out that the perpetrator was involved in some minority activist outfit, and trying to drum up sympathy and/or hatred against perceived racial or gender rivals, usually heterosexual white men.
Despite the fact that these incidents are consistently found to be hoaxes, people on the left still rush to believe them because they fit the political narrative. Just as reports of Satanism invariably surface in religious fundamentalist communities, reports of KKK activity and the like are far more common in fundamentalist equalist institutions such as universities.
In Oberlin college, someone was allegedly spotted lurking around in a KKK outfit near the Afrikan Heritage House at 1:30AM. If that doesn’t scream “HOAX,” I don’t know what does. If there actually were a white male in a KKK outfit on a campus as left-wing as Oberlin, one would have to assume he was mentally ill, because the retribution against him would be overwhelming.
So why do people stage these hoaxes? For the same reason the Soviets staged show trials and the Nazis manufactured the Gleiwitz incident. It’s a pretext for taking aggressive action against a political enemy.
Feminists use rape in exactly the same manner. Every rape becomes a political act; a casus belli that justifies measures against the enemy — straight men. What was once considered a crime committed by a depraved individual becomes part and parcel of the narrative of oppression and the gender war. I’m not sure how many false accusations of sexual violence are directly politically motivated (probably not many), but as demonstrated in the Duke Lacrosse case, feminists are always on the lookout for incidents they can exploit.
This creates an environment in which accusations are encouraged because people are so eager to believe them. Just as Cotton Mather and his fellow Puritan fanatics created an atmosphere ripe for false accusation and hysteria, culminating in the Salem Witch Trials, assorted equalist political fanatics have done the same on campuses across the US. Perhaps it’s no surprise that higher education in the US is directly descended from Puritan institutions.