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Harvard Hate-Crime Hoax?

Some two weeks ago, Harvard law school discovered a supposed “hate crime.” Someone had placed a strip of black tape over photo portraits of black faculty members.

The incident immediately struck some of us as a likely hoax. For exhaustive and compelling evidence that it is indeed a hoax, read the posts on Royall Asses, a blog set up by Harvard law students “to pierce the atmosphere of fear and denial that envelopes speech on the Harvard Law School campus concerning race.”

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