Noose Found by MLK Memorial in Washington DC

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Another noose was found in Washington, D.C., this is the third in only a week found on federal property. This time, the symbol of oppression, violence, and murder was found near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

USA Today reported a visitor turned in the piece of rope that was found on a bench at the memorial near the National Mall.

Police have not yet given further information on the incident.

Additional nooses were found at the Smithsonian’s Hirschorn Museum last Friday, and also at the Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday.

There have recently been several nooses found around the country including one at a high school in North Carolina, a middle school in Florida, and others hanging with bananas from trees on the American University campus in D.C.

“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans,” said Lonnie Bunch, the director of the African American history museum.

The director of the Smithsonian said they will not be intimidated by these disgusting acts of racism.

“With new urgency, we will tell the story of our nation and all its people. We will continue to fight this sort of ignorance with knowledge,” Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton said. “We will remain vigilant and, in spite of these deplorable acts, we will become a stronger institution for all Americans.”

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

 

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