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Apr 26, 2005 7:03 pm

Another "Hate Crime Hoax" (Trinity International University)

Earlier this week, CNN and other news outlets reported that black students at Trinity International University in Illinois had received racist letters, presumably from whites.

The school administration responded by evacuating all 200 black students on campus for their safety. No doubt, mandatory diversity training was being considered. It turns out that a black female student has confessed to sending the letters. This isn't the first time this kind of thing has happened recently.

Will these latest revelations receive the same national coverage as the original story?

In light of all the inconvenience experienced by the students, evacuated or otherwise, the comments of Lt. Ron Price (shown below) seem overly complacent to say the least.

Alicia Hardin, 19, of Dolton, confessed Monday to members of a task force investigating the matter that she mailed the three letters.

Police said Hardin wanted to transfer to a different school because she was unhappy at Trinity but her parents would not let her. The letters, police said, were her way of implying the campus was not safe.

Hardin appeared at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan Tuesday morning on a charge of disorderly conduct and a hate crime charge. Bond was set at $5,000.

“This was her way out of it,” said Lt. Ron Price of the Bannockburn police. “This was just a prank by someone who was very unhappy and it got out of control. There was no weapon and no one was ever in any real danger.”

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Kenneth R Gregg - 4/26/2005

For shame! I can only imagine the embarrassment of all of the parties in this situation. Ms. Hardin, obviously an intelligent woman, has used the racism in society that the university rules are designed as an attempt to protect the students and faculty from, as a cover for her own purposes.

It's bad enough that racism exists, and that PC regs exist in some attempt to overcome racist actions on campuses (which prevents open discussion of the issues--the only way that racism will ever be properly addressed), but when kids have learned to play such games as these, it's time to sunset the laws. It's public confirmation that PC rules should see their own sunset--and soon!

Just a thought.
Just Ken

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