Because colleges and universities don't have enough problems with their "social justice warrior" contingent...
A new report issued by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s "Hate Response Team" (HRT) finds that at least 1-in-10 alleged "hate incidents" reported on campus have been found frivolous. The HRT better get back to work because we suspect that ratio should be a wee bit higher -- say, 9-in-10.
According to Campus Reform, among the frivolous "hate incidents" were "the display of a Crucifix, the mere existence of a Christian student group, and an off-campus blog post about life as a white student":
In fact, the report notes that 28 of 192 reports were found to be either completely fake or “not a bias/hate incident,” accounting for 14 percent of all incidents reported.
A Crucifix was reported for representing “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”
Meanwhile, of the reports that were legitimate, students complained about everything from images of the crucifix to a blog post about life on campus as a white student.
According to The La Crosse Tribune, one student reported feeling unsafe when discovering a Campus Crusade for Christ poster on campus, claiming that the cross represents “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”
Luckily, a group dubbed the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has been after the school's Hate Response Team. CR reports that FIRE wrote a response to HRT stating:
"A university cannot be a place of free and open debate when it actively encourages students to report on each other’s perceived wrong-speak in classrooms and living spaces. That is Big Brother at his finest."
Whether the Crucifix and Christian group were reported out of malice or sheer ignorance (because coddled SJW's may have actually been dumb enough to think they constitute "hate crimes"), those who did so should face a penalty. Someone needs to teach the SJWs once and for what the First Amendment is truly about, and what it protects and what it doesn't. Reporting hate incidents erroneously and wasting administrative resources on them, as well targeting religious groups and symbols for investigation, should warrant punitive action.