By Jonathon Van Maren
Based on the recent headlines, it would appear that the demand for bigots of various stripes vastly outstrips the supply. The Covington Catholic High School boys were portrayed as an ugly mob threatening and mocking a Native American Vietnam veteran before it turned out that they hadn’t been threatening, hadn’t been a mob, and the Native American hadn’t been a Vietnam veteran. The media retracted the story after the high school boys were subjected to death threats, doxing, and worse, and now one of the boys is suing the Washington Post for $250 million.
Then there was Jussie Smollett, the celebrity victim of a homophobic race crime who sobbed on TV as he recounted the story of being assaulted by masked men in MAGA hats who spouted Trump slogans, put a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him. The LGBT community rallied around him, great lamentations went up from the media and fellow celebrities, and then the story promptly fell apart. As it tuns out, Smollett had hired two Nigerian men to perpetrate the assault, and had actually paid them by check. Smollett had coveted victimhood so much that the shortage of homophobic race criminals became a problem, and he had to hire two black men to do the job.