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NY College Students Face Charges for Racism Hoax

NY College Students Face Charges for Racism Hoax

“The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”

Three students from the State University of New York at Albany claimed in January that they were victims of assault on a bus and that the motivation for the crime was racism.

They are now being charged for filing a false claim.

CNN reports:

N.Y. college students accused of fabricating racially motivated attack

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 Agudio, 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.

Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

The State University of New York at Albany rallied behind the students, who are black, when they came forward with claims that a group of white men and women attacked them on January 30 in a confrontation on a city bus. Students held a rally and university President Robert J. Jones said in a letter to students and faculty that he was “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident.”

Others came to their defense on social media using the hashtag #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany. The People of Color Caucus issued a letter in support of them.

But university police said an investigation revealed that no one used racial epithets against the women. Instead, they assaulted another passenger and falsely reported the incident.

“What happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,'” University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in February. “The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”

This recent video report from ABC News provides some background:

The sad thing about a situation like this is that it diminishes examples of real racism. It’s unclear what perpetrators of such a hoax hope to gain.

It’s also important to point out that many people on the left are too quick to believe stories like this when they happen. Even presidential candidates:

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Why is a hoax hate crime not a hate crime?

If we can prosecute haters for hate crimes, can we prosecute college students for stupidity?

    Shane in reply to irv. | May 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Three white girls attacking a black girl = ??????

    Three white girls reporting said attack to the police as a hate crime = ROFLMAO

legacyrepublican | May 4, 2016 at 7:22 am

Sadly, we have gone from the noble Rosa Parks fighting racism on the bus to the stench of Rosa Farts igniting racism on the bus.

UnCivilServant | May 4, 2016 at 7:26 am

Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

I’ve lived in New York for my entire life and the Albany area for most of the last decade, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the charge of ‘Attempted Assault’.

Though after going back to the law books I did find “New York Penal Law § 110.00 Attempt to commit a crime”. I guess that’s because Third Degree assault requires injury. It still sounds off whenever I hear it.

It never ceases to amaze me how, in this horribly “racist” country of ours, the only incidents of “racism” we ever seem to hear about are the phony ones manufactured by the so-called “victims” of our horribly racist society.

    topcat69 in reply to Observer. | May 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Observer – How right you are. To say that the hoaxes diminish examples of real racism is to make the claim that there is a lot of real racism going on. But where are the real racial hate crimes? Where are the examples?

    When a ‘hate crime’ makes the news, whether it be anti-gay, anti-black, anti-Muslim or anti-whatever, my assumption now is that it is a hoax. I cannot even remember the last time I’ve been wrong.

    We are having some revival meetings in church this week and on Monday night the preacher said that circumstances do not create the person, but how people respond to their circumstances sure tell you a lot about the kind of person they are. I feel I already know an awful lot about the ‘victims’ of today – and it isn’t good.

    I used to think that way. Then I discovered Kevin Williamson truthers turn Holocaust revisionists who send anti-Semitic messages to people who say something they don’t like. Never knew that hate existed here to this extent.

David Breznick | May 4, 2016 at 8:21 am

They must not have learned the lesson of Tawana Brawley.

… but in their minds, they were assaulted.

They selected their assault status.

    Neo in reply to Neo. | May 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    They “feel like” they were assaulted.

    Neo in reply to Neo. | May 4, 2016 at 8:56 am

    These people don’t think, believe or reckon. They “feel like.” Listen for this phrase and you’ll hear it everywhere, inside and outside politics. This reflex to hedge every statement as a feeling or a hunch is most common among millennials. But I hear it almost as often among Generation Xers and my own colleagues in academia. As in so many things, the young are early carriers of a broad cultural contagion.
    The phrase says a great deal about our muddled ideas about reason, emotion and argument — a muddle that has political consequences.
    “I feel like” masquerades as a humble conversational offering, an invitation to share your feelings, too — but the phrase is an absolutist trump card. It halts argument in its tracks.

    When people cite feelings or personal experience, “you can’t really refute them with logic, because that would imply they didn’t have that experience, or their experience is less valid,” Ms. Chai told me.

    “It’s a way of deflecting, avoiding full engagement with another person or group,” Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, a historian at Syracuse University, said, “because it puts a shield up immediately. You cannot disagree.”

    DaveGinOly in reply to Neo. | May 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    “Jerry, just remember – It’s not a lie if you believe it.”
    George Constanza

This is a good start.
obama will find a way to prevent this prosecution from going forward against these individuals of at least three protected classes.

    Owego in reply to Rick. | May 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Well, it shouldn’t come to that, this is New York after all. Governor Cuomo will send Eric Schneiderman to handle this little misunderstanding.

They should be sentenced to the maximum sentences their victims were exposed to – served consecutively.

The ladies self-identify as victims of racism. As they were assaulting their proxy for racial injustice and berating that bewildered person with hateful, vitriolic racist words, they felt the palpable racism in the air, and were injured by it.

Racism, you see, harms only people of color except Asians who are also racists.

This is why, when a black comedian calls our president “my nigga”, it is simply further evidence of the transgressions of white imperialism. If you or I were to utter such a term, well, we couldn’t, because the sheer evil (and a couple of Secret Service guys) would overwhelm us in the attempt.

I hope these three ladies find the justice they so richly deserve.

“What happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,’” University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in February.

“What happened on the bus” was indeed a hate crime.
Problem is, the perpetrators of this hate crime were the ones to claim victimhood. This is possible thanks to the absurd and paradoxical world of political correctness.

And I would probably also called the other crime a “hate crime.”
You know, the false reporting thingy.

Black Jive Matters.

    guyjones in reply to Snail. | May 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

    That is a capital witticism! I’ve not come across this one before, but it is very apropos.

The sad thing about a situation like this is that it diminishes examples of real racism.

No, it isn’t.

The sad, ridiculous, disastrous thing is that everybody simply makes excuses for pervasive and disgusting black racism.

Or, rather, everybody except this particular grand jury.

The Mau-Mau’s are restless and need to drum up some false controversy. They need to make an example of Aquanetta and her troop of savage students!

There aren’t enough examples of white racism to justify the viictimhood of the leftists BLM movement so they have to make up false insidents.

Stand by for the “We wanted to start a conversation about race” defense in 3….2….1…..

Tough s*** for them it ain’t gonna work.

[Class] diversity hoax, violence.

Gremlin1974 | May 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm

I have read elsewhere that there was a meeting between prosecutors and defense attorney that suggested that they just be allowed to apologize for making the false report, I wonder if that is still true?

Of course I just know that if this had been a bunch of white girls then they would be allowed to apologize.

“It’s unclear what perpetrators of such a hoax hope to gain.”

Yeah. Total mystery.