University of Maryland administrators moved quickly over the weekend to assure students and other members of the community that they were taking the possibility of a campus hate crime with the utmost seriousness.
“The University of Maryland will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or acts of hate,” university President C. D. Mote Jr. wrote Saturday in a letter posted on the university’s Web site.
Mote was responding to reports of a noose found hanging in a tree near a building that houses several African American campus organizations.
“The possibility that this act appears intended to bring to mind the horrific crime of lynching, which is such a terrible and tragic part of our nation’s past, is particularly abhorrent,” Mote wrote.
The noose, small and crudely tied, was found Thursday on a tree near the Nyumburu Cultural Center, home to the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Black Explosion newspaper and other organizations.
The timing of this incident comes off a bit copycat to me. I think the inspiration my have been recent reaction to and student action around the Jena 6 case. The noose is a very powerful reminder of days when speaking out about injustice and getting “out of your place”( i.e being uppity) could mean serious consequences. May be some student, some person wanted to try to remind black folk of that. It’s a shame this happened, however it’s another wake up call to Black America. Old Fashioned “Hang Em’ High” Racism is STILL Alive and Well in the U.S of A.