Race & Identity
Noose Found Hanging Inside NYC's Metropolitan Opera House Prompts Hate Crime Investigation
The noose was found hanging amongst a row of lockers belonging to black musicians.
Several months ago, a noose was found hanging at the Blacksonian. Now, another historic building has been violated. According to DNA Info, a noose was found inside the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday preceding a performance of Turandot.
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The NYPD has confirmed that the department is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. The noose was found in one of the men's musician locker rooms, specifically hanging by a row of lockers used by black musicians, according to a union source that represents the players.
"We immediately called the NYPD, who began their investigation with the Met’s full support and cooperation," noted Met Opera spokesman Tim McKeough.
"This is a very disturbing incident for the members of our company and, if it was a deliberate act of racial hate, we would like to find out as soon as possible to help guide our next steps," he continued.
Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi exclaimed that he was "saddened and sickened" by his display of hatred and said that the union believes in the value of inclusiveness.
"We must ensure that these abhorrent acts are not tolerated and that appropriate actions are taken. Musicians come to New York to perform with the most talented artists and be part of the most creative artistic community in the world," Gagliardi said via email.
"Our inclusiveness is our most vital value, and these types of heinous, discriminatory and racist actions have no place among us or in our society," he added.
The Met itself concurred, according to CBS News.
"This is a very disturbing incident for the members of our company and, if it was a deliberate act of racial hate, we would like to find out as soon as possible to help guide our next steps," the Met said in a statement.