Racism and hate continue to infiltrate our safe spaces, unfortunately.
Two nooses were recently found in Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reports: one outside of a museum and the other outside of a public library.
Police officers took down one noose from the tree in front of the New York Public Library's Bedford-Stuyvesant branch location a couple hours before the library opened. The noose was made from a six-foot long rope.
Not too long before the library incident, a noose was discovered outside of a Brooklyn museum. It too was in a tree.
“Someone has decided to stoke fear, and try to encourage fear, among young people and among the people that live in this community,” L. Joy Williams, President of the Brooklyn branch of the NAACP, told CBS New York.
Reverend Kirsten John Foy of the National Action Network called the unknown perpetrators “cowards” according to NBC New York, and said that putting the noose outside of a library was like threatening children. “They didn’t go down to the Marcy Housing and hang a noose!”
Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. pointed out that the noose was not just outside of the library, but also directly across from a school. "Not long ago it was illegal to educate a black person," said Cornegy. "We're saying it's in front of a library but across the street is an elementary school, so what's he subtle message there?"
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incidents, but no arrests have been made at this time. A Brooklyn Public Library spokeswoman says that the library is “cooperating fully in the investigation.”