As much as we try our best to move toward a more progressive nation, racism refuses to falter.
This week, as in weeks past, that racism takes the form of a noose.
After recent noose incidents in Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, another noose has been found. And again, it's been found in Philadelphia, this time not at the Mint, but hanging from a tree in the city's Center City.
“It’s appalling that in 2017 anyone would commit to such a vicious act as hanging a noose, a symbol of racial animus that has a painful history in this country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said according to The Philadelphia Tribune. “These symbols of hate and racially-motivated violence have no place in Philadelphia — our residents and visitors should not have to witness such abhorrent incidents in public or private settings. We urge any witnesses to the incident in Rittenhouse Square to contact the police with any information.”
Surveillance video from the Philadelphia Police Department shows a white man tossing a rope into the tree and shows a black man joins him later. The police department is seeking public information on the two men.
“There is no other reason for hanging a noose in 2017, unless your goal is to resurrect feelings of racial terror from the days of Emmett Till,” State Representative Jordan Harris wrote to the Tribune.
Harris, who also serves as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, went on to call the act “beyond un-American.”
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who represents the district in which the noose was found said, “I will continue to speak up for Philadelphians targeted for hate and work to ensure they are free from violence and intimidation. In the meantime, detectives are investigating the incident thoroughly and I urge anyone with information to contact police.”
With the culprits already caught on tape, it is likely only a matter of time before they are caught. Keep an eye here for more information!