In a story that has all the earmarks of a “Dear White People” sequel, a Kansas State University student is fessing up to faking a hate crime for attention. In the movie “Dear White People” a campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party. The catch in the movie is that it’s a black student (who ironically is bedding a white man) that is the real culprit behind the offensive Halloween party.
In real life KSU student, Dauntarius Williams, admitted Monday to vandalizing his own car. He first reported it the graffiti on his car to police claiming it was a hate crime while unleashing a racial frenzy on campus.
Written in yellow on the 21-year-old student’s black car were “Die Stupid N—–,” “Date Your Own Kind,” and “Go Home N—– Boy.” A backwards swastika also appeared on the windshield.
Due to the nature of the crime and the current climate in America, local authorities brought in the FBI to investigate. KSU’s president, duped and pressured into making a statement, denounced the off-campus graffiti as a “direct attack on the values of our community,” ordered an audit of all school security cameras, and publicized a service providing walking escorts for students worried about racist attacks.
One member of the university’s Black Student Union called the incident “intolerable” and told the Kansas City Star that Black students were becoming increasingly frustrated with the racial apathy displayed by their White counterparts.
With the lines satisfactorily drawn in the sand and sides taken, it has come to light that the heinous hate crime was in fact a ploy for attention. Less than a week after the incident Williams confessed to being the perpetrator.
“This admission led to a series of conversations between the Riley County Police Department Director Brad Schoen and the Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson,” read a statement on the police department’s Facebook page. “Director Schoen and County Attorney Wilkerson concluded that despite having filed a false report, the filing of criminal charges against Williams for having done so would not be in the best interests of the citizens who comprise the Manhattan community.”
“I would like to deeply apologize to the community,” Dauntarius Williams explained in a statement released by the police on Monday, November 6. “The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started. It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all.”
Prior to his admission, Williams called the event “hurtful” and “disappointing”. The increasing pressure from the investigation by the FBI may have led to Williams coming clean about the incident but he was said to be “genuinely remorseful” about the incident. “I was not raised to discriminate,” Williams told the Kansas City Star.
“While Williams’ mistake had a decidedly negative impact on the community,” Schoen explained, “please recognize that he, like many of us when we were young, is a young man who made a mistake and is now doing his best to own up to it.”
And just like in the movie “Dear White People”, when the real culprit behind the party is confronted about being the person who started it and she claims that it isn’t relevant because the racist Whites had it in them and it needed to be seen, the campus’ BSU barely acknowledged that everyone had been duped by Williams. Instead they stuck to their guns stating, “The conduct of Mr. Williams does not negate the current racist and discriminatory actions that continue to occur on our campus and in our community, state and nation. Racism is systemic, visceral, complex and continuous.”