Dubious Hate Crime at Kansas State University Under Investigation
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reported on an alleged "hate crime" at Kansas State University -- but the story may be falling apart. Their incendiary headline reads:
The FBI is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime:
One suspects that the case will be resolved fairly quickly. The first sentence in the Star's story is now a correction:
This story has been updated to include a university spokesman saying that Kansas State does not have anyone enrolled at the university by the name that police say is the owner of the car.
The alleged victim had told the Star and others that he was a student at Kansas State. He is not. Jeff Morris, the VP for communications and marketing at K-State, said that the school has no record of the individual.
Via the Kansas City Star:
The man who called The Star said the vandalism and the resulting social media explosion has made it “impossible for me to go anywhere. I can’t drive my car anywhere without people stopping me.” The Star is not naming him for safety reasons.
He said he does not want the attention and has withdrawn from the university and intends to return to his home in California.
“I was not raised to discriminate,” he said. He called the vandalism "sad, hurtful and disappointing.”
Yes, apparently, the alleged victim was driving around town with racist graffiti all over his car and was surprised that it was drawing attention.
Then he told The Mercury Thursday morning he had not spoken with the Kansas City Star -- which probably came as a surprise to the Kansas City Star. If he lied about being a student and about talking to the Star, what else could he being lying about?
The Star interviewed Andrew Hammond, the student journalist who tweeted about the incident, describing him as "a junior from Wichita studying mass communication at K-State." Hammond, according to his Twitter bio, is a Black Lives Matter supporter. He said in a statement on Twitter that the victim, identified as Dauntarius Williams, also lied to him about being a student:
Nevertheless, Hammond told the Star that the vandalism was just "the latest racist incident to occur on K-State’s campus this year":