A friend of mine who is a black professor at UNC-Wilmington was walking down the hall one day when a janitor nodded to him saying “hey bud” in a barely audible voice. His chair, who was walking with him, thought that the janitor who was white (and still is, I presume) said “hey boy.” So he asked my friend whether he wanted to press charges against the janitor. Thinking he may have said “bud” rather than “boy” my black friend who is not my only black friend (I have three and a half black friends, by the way) decided the matter needed further investigation before pulling the trigger (I said “trigger,” not “n****r”).
Sure enough, after again passing the white janitor in the hall and listening carefully, my black friend said that he was sure the term of greeting was “bud” not “boy.” His chair, being updated on the issue (actually it was a non-issue), was forced to let it drop. Unfortunately, such efforts to manufacture hate crimes are commonplace at The University of North Carolina-We’re Liberals with Nothing Better to Do with Our Time (UNCW).
On another occasion a heterosexual man decided to play a prank on his heterosexual friend at UNCW by writing the word “fag” on his door (Ann Coulter had nothing to do with this one although John Edwards was reportedly campaigning in the vicinity). In addition to the fact that no one involved in the incident was inclined to exercise his constitutional right to sodomy, the event also happened to take place off campus. Nonetheless, a gay male secretary decided to press the local authorities to treat it as a “hate crime.”
After one of my three and a half black friends – one who handles EEOC claims - declined to take interest in the case, the gay secretary pressed on. He tried to get a lesbian senator to take up his cause. Eventually, the case died to the great disappointment of some local gay “civil rights” leaders.
In 1999, after a UNCW faculty member falsely accused a chair of sexual harassment, she too tried to invoke the language of hate crimes to garner sympathy from the university community. I tried to convince one of my liberal colleagues in the Faculty Senate to press for the punishment of faculty who manufacture false claims of harassment and “hate criminality.” This fell on deaf ears as he suspected that such measures would deter people from making real claims when actually victimized. I stopped short of asking him whether counterfeiting U.S. currency should be made legal lest it deter people from doing their jobs at the U.S. Treasury Department.