I had never heard of Smollet either. Anyone who thought a point was made when the initial reports came out is nuts. Anyone who thinks a point is made now is equally so. Hate crimes (and likewise sex crimes) are real. Hate crimes are on the rise, though there is some dispute over by how much, given that some of the increase in reported numbers is due to an increase in reporting and agencies whose reports are factored in. About 93% of police reports filed of violent crimes (including hate crimes and sex crimes) are made in good faith and all plausible police reports of violence should be taken seriously and investigated fully. The end.