A noose found hanging from a tree on Duke University’s campus early Wednesday has prompted an investigation, school officials say.
According to CBS, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta sent an email to students confirming the noose was removed, adding that the “hateful and stupid act” will not create fear, but “have the opposite effect.”
The Duke Chronicle reported that the noose was made with a thin yellow rope. Photos of the noose were shared on social media Wednesday morning.
This morning on Duke’s campus, a noose was found. Vice President of Student Affairs has sent an email to students: pic.twitter.com/Ekv5rnQKav
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 1, 2015
The Chronicle also points out that the incident comes just two weeks after another racially charged event involving a racist song directed at a Black student.
The incident comes approximately two weeks after students allegedly chanted a racist song at a black female student, which prompted President Richard Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth to send an email to the student body affirming Duke’s commitment to racial equality.
The Duke People of Color Caucus, an anonymous group that emerged following the alleged chanting, released the following statement on Tumblr along with a photo of the noose: To all black students, staff, faculty, and/or Durhamites on campus and in the area: Please take care of yourselves and each other. This campus is not a safe space, and has proven beyond any doubt that it is a hostile environment for any and all black people.
Moneta told students that officials are working to identify who is responsible for the hateful act.
This is a developing story…