Over the past few weeks, several nooses have been found in the DMV area, with more than two found in the District of Columbia. So does the hate for Blacks still exist? Yes it does. The door to racism never closed, and under the Trump Presidency the crack opens wider and wider. Below are the reported nooses found in our area:
The Washington Post
A noose was found Saturday on the Mall, at least the third in that area in recent weeks. The noose was hanging from a lamppost near the National Gallery of Art, said Sgt. Anna Rose, spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police. She said it was found about 3 p.m. near Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The site is near the gallery’s East Building. One noose was found in a tree May 26 near the Hirshhorn Museum, and another was found May 31 inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Park Police are investigating, Rose said.
NBC WASHINGTON: Montgomery County Police said the synthetic rope noose was found in a tree in a common area near the the Heron’s Cove Condominium parking lot about 8 a.m. Officers responded shortly before 9:10 a.m. to community, which is located in the 18900 block of Mills Choice Road of Montgomery Village.
CNN: A person dressed in black from head to toe walked around the American University campus and tied bananas to three trees. They were hung from strings fashioned in the shape of nooses. The bananas were scrawled with the letters “AKA Free.”
CNN: For the second time in a week, a noose was found on Smithsonian grounds — this time, at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The noose was found Wednesday in the history galleries of the Washington museum, which was opened last year by President Barack Obama.
CNN: A noose has been found at a construction site in the District of Columbia, police said — at least the fifth time this symbol of racial violence has turned up in the Washington area recently. Officers went to a house under construction in southeast Washington on Thursday morning and “discovered a rope, tied in a noose, displayed by the front door,” a police report said.
WTOP: The hate symbol was found displayed by a front door in the 2100 block of 36th Place SE on Thursday, according to a D.C. police report. The report lists the victims as “Society/Public.” The location of the noose is just up the street from Beers Elementary School and around the corner from Christian Praise Church.
USA TODAY: A section of rope was found near the MLK Memorial in Washington on Friday, two days after a noose was discovered inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture, U.S. Park Police said. The piece of rope was found on a bench at the memorial on near the National Mall. A visitor turned it in at the memorial’s bookstore.
US NEWS AND WORD REPORT: Authorities at the University of Maryland are investigating a noose discovered in a fraternity house. Local news reports say the noose was found inside the house of the school’s Phi Kappa Tau chapter on April 27. Police at the university say they are investigating the matter as a hate/bias incident.