Whenever a supposed hate crime is reported, always wait for the arrest before accepting the narrative. Especially if the incident occurs on a college campus, and involves something benign like graffiti.
Last fall, racist graffiti appeared on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Predictably, students immediately protested — because you can’t wait for the facts when you have an opportunity push a Leftist narrative about white supremacists.
Also predictably, when someone was arrested for the vandalism, it wasn’t a white supremacist.
A black man has been arrested in connection with a string of racist graffiti incidents at Eastern Michigan University that were protested by students on campus last fall.
Eddie Curlin, 29, was arraigned Monday, Oct. 23, in Washtenaw County District Court on three counts of malicious destruction of property, four counts of identity theft and one count of using computers to commit a crime, reports MLive.
The charges are related to three incidents of vandalism that appeared to be targeting the black community at EMU. In September 2016, EMU discovered “KKK” and “Leave N***ers” spray painted in red, white, and blue paint on a wall in the courtyard of Julia Anne King Hall.
In late October, the administration found another “Leave N***ers” message painted in black on Ford Hall. A third incident took place last spring in a men’s restroom.
EMU’s police chief confirmed after Curlin’s arrest that it was a “self-serving” crime and that it was “not driven by politics” or race.
I had to check and make sure I hadn’t already written this story. After all, it sounds so much like the case from Maryland recently where a black man was arrested for supposedly racist graffiti.
Pro tip: If you have to manufacture evidence that racism is everywhere, then maybe it’s not everywhere.
To be sure, there are a few racists left in this country. Yet as it stands, we have no reason to believe white supremacy is on the rise, because police rarely catch white supremacists committing these crimes.
Racism always needs to be dealt with. Yet we’ll never deal with it by having morons pull stuff like this. These incidents make it harder to identify the dwindling actual examples of racism. “False flag” racism is a hindrance to stamping out the country’s remaining racism, and not the useful tactic that far too many Leftists seem to think it is.