Many news sources and commentators have reported on an upsurge in hate crimes and intimidation after the election of Donald Trump as president last November.
However, hate crimes can constitute a gray area. In a recent case in Fort Worth a father admitted staging a hate crime and vandalizing his own home, according to reports.
The Daily Mail reported David Williams of Denton in Texas, admitted to police he daubed racist graffiti on his home and set fire to cars.
On December 12, 2016, Williams and his wife, Jenny, woke up to find their truck and motorcycle on fire, and an anti-black racist phrase painted across the family’s garage. Williams, his wife, and their four children are all white.
Williams was interviewed by the Denton Record-Chronicle. He suspected “punk kids” caused the vandalism. The same publication later reported Williams admitted that he was responsible for the whole thing.
Jenny Williams told the Record-Chronicle her husband’s head was “not in the right place.” She explained her husband was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder three years earlier.
Reports stated David Williams was admitted to a mental health facility. David Hedges, a spokesman with Denton Fire Department told the Register-Chronicle that Williams “will be charged at a minimum with arson” after his release. He went on to say that the authorities are also exploring “possible other charges.”
The Houston Chronicle reported Williams confessed to the vandalism in a blog.
The Williams family also faced compensating more than 100 donors who contributed over $5,000 to a campaign on their behalf.
Staged hate crimes may not be as unusual as we think. Recently, Fusion reported how a firefighter from New York allegedly torched his own home and tried to pin the crime on Black Lives Matters.
Last year, another Fort Worth-area man was charged with making a false police report after falsely claiming his truck had been vandalized with Black Lives Matter slogans.