Another week and another fake bias incident falls apart after closer investigation. Police at Grand Valley State University in Michigan now say that racist doodling on an anonymous black student’s dry erase board was in fact perpetrated by the supposed victim.

Liberals, who are burdened by an extreme case of confirmation bias, nearly always accept such incidents at face value. “Hate Threats Written on College Dorm Room White Board Proves Racism Persists” shrieked the Huffington Post about the Grand Valley incident.

What drives people to make victims of themselves? Presumably, victimhood is something no one aspires to because it requires a person to suffer something injurious, yet volumes could be filled with examples of people who have postured as victims of prejudice. Their perception of themselves as disadvantaged is so strong that they simply make up supporting evidence where none exists. Their inner paranoia, the irrational belief that racists/sexists/homophobes lurk beneath every bed, must be validated in the eyes of others.

It’s the same impulse that drives internet trolls to pose as right-wing racists. More often than not, it’s abundantly obvious that the commenter who goes by some ridiculous screen name, with a confederate flag user pic, and spouting racist comments about the president, is in fact a plant from the Daily Kos. The reason we know he’s a plant is because he doesn’t talk the way conservatives talk; he talks the way liberals think conservatives talk.

Our society showers bias incident victims with tangible and intangible compensation. For example, a fifteen year old girl in Hercules, California who mistakenly believes herself to be a boy, recently reported that she had been physically and sexually assaulted in the boy’s lavatory at her school. She was lying. As it turned out, she merely wanted to create some hysteria in support of California’s new transgender “civil rights” law, which permits confused people to choose the wrong bathroom if it makes them feel better.

To the victims go the spoils.

The rotten core of phony bias incidents is identity politics. Entire classes of people reap the benefit of such incidents whether or not they are genuine. Being a victim, without having to be actually victimized, has great perquisites. At very least it affords the afflicted class a modicum of sympathy, though it often goes far beyond that to include increased funding for the victim group’s cultural center or guaranteed set-asides in hiring. Sometimes it can be used to pass a law that the afflicted group already wanted. Is it any wonder that people would fabricate incidents that never happened, or attribute ordinary crimes to prejudicial motives, when there is so much to be gained?

Journalist Stephen Jimenez experienced the reluctance some people have to abandoning their persecution fantasies when he spent the better part of thirteen years investigating the murder of Matthew Shepard. The media-generated narrative of what happened to the homosexual college student that cold night in 1998 bears almost no resemblance to reality. Jimenez, himself a homosexual, encountered people in his community who urged him to let sleeping dogs lie.

The sordid truth is that Matthew was no saint. At the age of fifteen he was convicted of sexually molesting two eight year old boys in his neighborhood. He was also a user, dealer and transporter in Wyoming’s hard drug scene, which overlapped extensively with its homosexual scene and the criminal underworld. He ended up being murdered by a bisexual meth-head named Aaron McKinney with whom he had shared both methamphetamines and sexual relations.

Jimenez’s community seems to prefer the legend of the really nice kid who was killed by “homophobic” rednecks. But why? Isn’t it good news that Shepard was not the victim of “homophobia?” It would mean that, at very least, the quotient of “homophobia” in the world is just a little bit lower than they thought.

Which is exactly what they fear. Homosexuals are as addicted to victimhood as Shepard was to crank. They want to be victims, need to be victims, fantasize about being victims; so long as they aren’t actually victimized, of course. If they can’t conceive of themselves as perpetually persecuted then they have no identity and no means of explaining away inconvenient facts.

They are not unique in this regard. Is it any wonder, for example, that fanciful anti-black bias incidents occur so often on university campuses? It is during their college years that many young blacks leave their comfortably homogeneous neighborhoods and discover a world that is largely white and yellow. They often feel academically outmatched in this new environment, mostly because of the racially-adjusted (which is to say, lowered) admissions standards that got them through the door. They grapple with feelings of inadequacy. Rather than admitting that they probably weren’t qualified in the first place, or that black culture is largely dysfunctional, they create a racist bogeyman to take all the blame. After breathing life into this bogeyman they set about convincing other people of his existence, usually by accusing anyone who doubts of being racists themselves.

Homosexuals have their own bogeyman—the religious right. Like Matthew Shepard, many homosexuals suffer from mental and emotional issues, abuse drugs, and engage in rampant promiscuity. Many others commit acts of violence against each other and themselves. What explains this kind of behavior?

Society, of course. Its “homophobia” leads to homosexuals’ self-loathing, which leads to a myriad of symptoms.

As time goes on, this explanation becomes less and less convincing. The “gay rights” movement has routed the defenders of traditional sexual mores. Corporate America never misses an opportunity to show their support for the cause; ditto academia, the federal government, and the news media. Homosexuals are not outcasts in any meaningful sense of the word.

Yet the symptoms of homophobia haven’t dissipated with the disease. A brave person might dare to ask if homosexuals are just mentally unbalanced people who require no nudging from “homophobes” to engage in self-destructive behaviors.

Victimhood is a powerful addiction. Some people just can’t get enough. It consumes them, leaving them begging for more.