In this past week, three nooses were found hanging in various parts of Washington D.C. Not only is this a sign that the United States in not over our dehumanizing, shameful history, but it’s also a sign of the energy people are willing to waste on hate. As each story rolled out, I began to think more and more about the time that went into putting these nooses on display. Let’s use the first noose sighting as an example.
Anyone who has been to the National Museum of African American History and Culture knows that there are two ways to go about securing a ticket for a day at the museum. The first option is to go on their website and wait in a virtual line to register for tickets MONTHS in advance. The second option is to go to the museum at 6am in the morning and wait for a “day of” ticket to become available. Both options can be time consuming and inconsistent (but worth it for actual museum goers because it has AMAZING history in it).
Have that in mind when you think of the person who placed the noose in that museum.
That person really took the time to receive a ticket for the museum, possibly months ahead, purchased a rope to tie into a noose (which is a waste of money), went to the museum, scoped to find the right place to put the noose and did it while no one was around (and every nook and cranny of that place is always packed).
You had that much hate in your heart to waste that much energy on expressing that hate.
A second and third noose were found near the Hirshhorn Museum and at a construction site in southeast D.C. Earlier in May, two white men were charged with hate crimes after a noose was found at Crofton Middle School. Bananas hanging from nooses were found at multiple locations on the American University Campus and a white Maryland University student is being charged with the murder of 2nd Lieutenant, Richard Collins III, an ROTC cadet who was stabbed to death.
According to the Patriot Act:
“A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.”
With that being said, you tell me if we are living in a post-racial society.