Duke University is Investigating Noose Found on Campus After Some Young White People Sang About Lynching

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A noose was found hanging from a tree near the student union at Duke University on Wednesday.

The university had already been struggling with racial tensions in recent days after a black student reported being taunted by a white student with a racist chant about the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and lynching.

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The noose was found about 2 a.m. in the Bryan Center Plaza, in the shadow of the school’s iconic chapel, a busy campus hub.

Larry Moneta, Duke’s vice president for student affairs, sent an e-mail to students Wednesday morning:

“To whomever committed this hateful and stupid act, I just want to say that if your intent was to create fear, it will have the opposite effect. Today, fear will be among the reactions students, and especially, students of color, will have. Be assured that the Duke community will provide all the support necessary to help us all get through this. In time, each of these cowardly acts of bias and hatred will strengthen our resolve to love and support each other.

“Appropriate investigations are underway and if we’re able to identify anyone responsible for committing this act of intimidation, they will be held fully accountable.”

He urged that anyone needing help after hearing the news, or with any information about the incident, should contact campus support staff or police.

A forum will be held at 5 p.m. on the steps of Duke Chapel to talk about the incident. Richard Brodhead, president of the university, and Provost Sally Kornbluth will speak, along with faculty and student leaders.

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SOURCE: Susan Svrluga
The Washington Post

Earlier story is below.

Duke officials are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity.

Officials say the rope tied into a noose was found about 2 a.m. Wednesday in the Bryan Center plaza. The center is home to offices including the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

Duke’s vice president for student affairs says anyone found responsible for “committing this act of intimidation” will be held accountable. Vice President Larry Moneta said in an email to students that he felt anger and disgust when he learned about the noose.

University and student leaders have scheduled a forum for Wednesday evening on the steps of Duke Chapel. Speakers will include President Richard Brodhead.

Source: AP

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