N.Y. students accused of making up hate crime
. . . commonly against white middle class students.
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"Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.
A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Audio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said."
This has become so common that one almost cannot read one of these claims of racial, or sexual crime without ultimately being informed that the accuser is either lying, or the actual perpetrator. These charges are serious, and follow the accused for years, and often damage or destroy the individuals reputation.
Because of this potential for personal damage, false charges like this need to be treated as serious crimes, prosecuted, and if the perpetrator convicted levy serious consequences.
Why this happens is even more interesting. In the long quoted piece below I include both 9 Minorities, and 10 The Bored. While both are important in this case, it is The Bored which holds the real revelations as to what is causing our current cultural agonies -- boredom which is a reflection that the individual is faced with a barren and meaningless existence. This also answers such questions as why we are so enamored of neo-Malthusian follies like Global Climate Alarmism, Environmentalism, and the SJW campus crusades, among myriad others.
From Eric Hoffer, The True Believer:
A minority is in a precarious position, however protected it be by law or force. The frustration engendered by the unavoidable sense of insecurity is less intense in a minority intent on preserving its identity than in one bent upon dissolving in and blending with the majority. A minority which preserves its identity is inevitably a compact whole which shelters the individual, gives him a sense of belonging and immunizes him against frustration. On the other hand, in a minority bent on assimilation, the individual stands alone, pitted against prejudice and discrimination. He is also burdened with the sense of guilt, however vague, of a renegade. The orthodox Jew is less frustrated than the emancipated Jew. The segregated Negro in the South is less frustrated than the nonsegregated Negro in the North.
Again, within a minority bent on assimilation, the least and most successful (economically and culturally) are likely to be more frustrated than those in between. The man who fails sees himself as an outsider; and, in the case of a member of a minority group who wants to blend with the majority, failure intensi es the feeling of not belonging. A similar feeling crops up at the other end of the economic or cultural scale. Those of a minority who attain fortune and fame often nd it di cult to gain entrance into the exclusive circles of the majority. They are thus made conscious of their foreignness. Furthermore, having evidence of their individual superiority, they resent the admission of inferiority implied in the process of assimilation. Thus it is to be expected that the least and most successful of a minority bent on assimilation should be the most responsive to the appeal of a proselytizing mass movement. The least and most successful among the Italian Americans were the
The least and most successful among the Italian Americans were the
most ardent admirers of Mussolini’s revolution; the least and most successful among the Irish Americans were the most responsive to De Valera’s call; the least and most successful among the Jews are the most responsive to Zionism; the least and most successful among the Blacks are the most race conscious.
10 The Bored
There is perhaps no more reliable indicator of a society’s ripeness for a mass movement than the prevalence of unrelieved boredom. In almost all the descriptions of the periods preceding the rise of mass movements there is reference to vast ennui; and in their earliest stages mass movements are more likely to find sympathizers and support among the bored than among the exploited and oppressed. To a deliberate fomenter of mass upheavals, the report that people are bored stiff should be at least as encouraging as that they are suffering from intolerable economic or political abuses.
When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. The consciousness of a barren, meaningless existence is the main fountainhead of boredom. People who are not conscious of their individual separateness, as is the case with those who are members of a compact tribe, church, party, etcetera, are not accessible to boredom. The differentiated individual is free of boredom only when he is engaged either in creative work or some absorbing occupation or when he is wholly engrossed in the struggle for existence. Pleasure-chasing and dissipation are ineffective palliatives. Where people live autonomous lives and are not badly off, yet are without abilities or opportunities for creative work or useful action, there is no telling to what desperate and fantastic shifts they might resort in order to give meaning and purpose to their lives.
Boredom accounts for the almost invariable presence of spinsters and middle-aged women at the birth of mass movements. Even in the case of Islam and the Nazi movement, which frowned upon feminine activity outside the home, we find women of a certain type playing an important role in the early stage of their type playing an important role in the early stage of their development.
Marriage has for women many equivalents of joining a mass movement. It offers them a new purpose in life, a new future and a new identity (a new name). The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.”1 He was financed by the wives of some of the great industrialists long before their husbands had heard of him.2 Miriam Beard tells of a similar role played by bored wives of businessmen before the French Revolution: “they were devastated with boredom and given to fits of the vapors. Restlessly, they applauded innovators.”3"
Hoffer is must reading to understand the place we find ourselves today. Our lives have become so secure, and so easy that the great problem facing the poor is attempting to not eat too much. This has created a people utterly ripe for Mass Movement, and its destructive consequences.
Here is a link to the book online:
These women are pitiable. Their lives are barren, and meaningless enough for them to act violently against people who did them no harm. This is a serious social problem which is facing us squarely in the face, and which has infiltrated our college campuses and now controls the feckless wimps who administer them. The necessary change will only happen once we reform the long dead socio-economic progressive model and replace it with a new model which will reinvigorate us, and provide us with a sense of purpose.