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From our “Punish First, Examine Evidence Later” file comes this story about Smith College, a very liberal arts college in Massachusetts. In 2018, a student made an accusation of being harassed in the dining hall because she was black. As the social media cancel mobs raged, the school made institutional changes and four employees were vilified as racists, had their reputations destroyed and some lost their jobs. One was hospitalized when the stress inflamed her lupus.

An independent investigation has now determined that the accusation was a hoax. I'll give you an update if the person responsible ever pays any price for all that destruction.