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Kerri Dunn and her vandalized car

March 9, 2004

On March 9, 2004, a visiting professor at Claremont McKenna College named Kerri Dunn gave an evening lecture about hate speech and racism.  Since her contract at Claremont was almost up, she needed a dramatic evening to reverse her professional fortunes and justify putting her on track for a permanent position.  Lo and behold, by strange and fortuitous coincidence, when she walked out to her car after the lecture her tires were slashed and somebody had painted anti-black, anti-female, and anti-Semitic slurs all over it.

Voila! instant hate crime star.  She marched back into the lecture hall and pounced on her own students.  “Why did she do that?” you ask, understandably puzzled.  Well, because only her students could have known that she was thinking of converting to Judaism.

“Thinking of converting?”  Yeah, that’s right, Kerri Dunn wasn’t Jewish.  She wasn’t black, either.  She wasn’t even reliably female, apparently, since she later announced that she was a lesbian.  All in all, this might have been the most inaccurate hate graffiti ever scrawled on a car.

Nevertheless, ignoring the inaccuracies, Kerri Dunn threw the Claremont campus into a tizzy of self-reproach and self-loathing, and starred in a campus rally the next night where she harangued the students and faculty for their inner racial hatred and inner anti-Sem... er, anti-Irish-American-thinking-of-converting-to-Judaism-ism.  Or something like that.

You know the end of the story (since this is a website about bogus hate crimes).  Two witnesses saw Kerri defacing her own car, and she ended up being charged and convicted of filing a false police report and fraudulent insurance claims.  She was sentenced to one year in prison and a $20,000 fine.

I don’t even know how to categorize this one.  Is it a bogus racial hate crime?  No, she’s white.  Is it a bogus anti-Semitic hate crime?  No, she’s not Jewish.  Let’s face it, she was just a nutjob trying to make a living in the hate business.  Maybe I should start a special category.


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3/16/10 - Claremont Conservative - Jail Bird Kerri Dunn Publishes From Prison Using CMC Affiliation

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