Another Noose Found Hanging at National Mall

This is the third incident in the last few weeks.


A noose was found hanging outside on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, authorities reported. This is the third time a noose was found on the grounds over the last several weeks.

It was discovered on a light post near the National Gallery of Art. Police are still investigating, U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose told ABC News.

It is not yet clear if the three incidents are related, ABC also reported.

Late last month a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. A few days later one was discovered at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

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The incident marks the second time in one week a noose was found at a Smithsonian museum.

“We are an inclusive city, and we do not tolerate signs of hate, ignorance and fear,” the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, said regarding the first incidents. “Our diversity is what makes us stronger, and we will not relent in promoting and defending DC Values. We do not take these incidents lightly, and we will not accept that signs of hate are signs of our time.”

In a Twitter message last month Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the NMAAHC, wrote, “The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans. Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the noose “depicts the horrors of racial violence perpetrated against African Americans and others” even more so than a burning cross.

“Nooses show support for the days of segregation and subjugation, epitomizing the essence of discrimination,” according to SPLC. “The noose not only symbolizes racism, but also served as the actual murder implement for the lynching of people because of the color of their skin.”

The noose’s roots trace back to the days of lynching African Americans, but the symbol continues to show up even today.

In May the FBI launched an investigation at American University in Washington, D.C., where bananas were found hanging from nooses on the campus after Taylor Dumpson, the university’s first Black female student government president, took office. In April, at the University of Maryland, a noose was found hanging in the kitchen of the Phi Kappa Tau chapter house on Fraternity Row. And In March, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala in Florida received a noose and several racist, threatening messages.

Hate crimes spiked across the country in the days following the election of President Donald Trump. Compared to the estimated 115 racially motivated hate incidents that occurred every 10 days in 2015, there were more anti-Black incidents alone — 187 — in the 10 days following the election.

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  • This is simply another distraction preventing people from paying attention to what is really happening in their world. Don’t allow distractions keep you for preparing yourself and your family for the future. There are things taking place that are far more important than some ignoramus trying to scare you. Those tactics don’t work for everyone.

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  • Absolutely disgusting! It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of the American populace in instances like this.

    • Seems like a good time to demand that cameras be installed – simply and even quietly, to not trigger some absurd response among people with nothing else to do than spread hate symbols.

  • No cameras in DC…WTF?

    Or they show an African American SJW, so just let it go and chalk it up to ‘raising awareness’.

  • I don’t remember this happening when Obama was in office. Perhaps I wasn’t paying attention. But, I’m a firm believer that the current administration has brought the worst out from their underground again.

  • Greg Thrasher

    The beat goes on …. It has never been easy living for Black Americans in America.

    Always the specter of contempt for our humanity


  • Funny we see videos of every breathe a white police officer takes when they brutalize a black person but there are no video rolling when these nooses are hanged.

    • Greg Thrasher

      l would never expect the cowards to videotape their evil for public distribution. They have already accomplished their objective.


  • Charity Dell

    1. Install cameras.
    2. Catch suspects.

  • I actually think the ultimate way to get past race prejudice, is to challenge white supremacists and empathize rs with the destructiveness of their own focus in life, on so much getting even, punishing, fighting. In its own right, even based on the past among whites in the west, lynching was a pathetic way to live in community. Focus on battles leaves focus on creativity, growth, hope and community far behind,

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