Time for a New Phony Outrage: Noose Found Hanging at Duke; Update: Student Admits Doing It

Posted by on Apr 02, 2015 at 10:35 am

These incidents are bogus, every single time. No perpetrators are ever found, because nobody wants to find them. It’s like the bogus Virginia rape case, the bogus “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” the latest manufactured hsyteria in Indiana, and on and on it goes.

Can anyone identify the last time some white people actually hung a noose on a college campus? We didn’t think do. But here we go, cue up the Outrage Machine!

Duke University is condemning the latest apparent act of racism on campus. Students protested throughout the day as authorities investigated who left a noose hung from a tree on campus.

Duke’s president, provost and student leaders said the noose does not reflect the university’s values, but some activists seized on the incident as a sign that the school was not a safe place for African-Americans, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan.

By the time many Duke University students woke up Wednesday morning, their social media feeds were buzzing with photos of the noose.

“The biggest thing was kind of just shock and a little bit of disgust,” Duke student John Park said. “The idea that there are people on this campus that we go to school with, that we go to class with every day, that are capable of doing things like that.”

Made of a slender yellow rope, it was found hanging near a building housing the center for multicultural affairs and other organizations.

Notice it’s an “apparent act of racism” and not an “apparent staged event.” The community is outrageously outraged.

“We are not afraid. We stand together,” was the response from the Duke University community Wednesday as students, faculty and others gathered at several events to express outrage about a noose found hanging at around 2 a.m. in the Bryan Center Plaza.

Several hundred marchers chanted those words at an early afternoon rally on the plaza organized by the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and others. A far larger crowd, estimated at more than 1,000 people, assembled for a forum at 5 p.m. in front of Duke Chapel.

“This is a beautiful day and this is a beautiful place, but we are gathered here because something ugly happened here today,” Duke President Richard H. Brodhead told the crowd that filled the area in front of Duke Chapel and the surrounding area. Recounting the ugly history of lynching, he called the noose incident “abhorrent” and said “we have no intention of going back now.”

“I repudiate that. That’s not the Duke I know,” Brodhead said.

You would think the same guy who fell for the Duke gang-rape hoax some years ago would know better than to jump on a story like this.

“These events are painful; they diminish us as a community,” said Provost Sally Kornbluth, who said she was personally “stunned” at the news. She called on students to speak up whenever they see or hear someone being treated in ways that diminish them, saying “there are no bystanders here.” She also spoke directly to the faculty, saying “You have black students in your classrooms. You need to understand what they’re feeling.”

Earlier in the day, Brodhead and Kornbluth sent an email to the Duke community deploring “in the strongest possible terms” what they described as “cowardly acts of hatred.”

They don’t even contemplate the possibility this is a hoax.

Campus officials have not determined who placed the noose of thin yellow rope, which officials removed quickly from the tree. They have asked anyone with information about it to contact Duke Police at (919) 684-2444. A photo of the noose circulated quickly, first on campus social media channels and then more widely, leading to extensive news coverage.

Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta responded early Wednesday morning with an email message to students describing his “disgust and anger” about the incident. “To whomever committed this hateful and stupid act, I just want to say that if your intent was to create fear, it will have the opposite effect,” Moneta wrote.

It’ll be interesting to see their reaction when this is found to be bogus, like so many other incidents of late.

Update:  A mystery student no longer on campus is reportedly responsible.

An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, school spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose, found early Wednesday in a plaza area at the heart of the campus.

The student was identified with information provided by other students and will be subject to Duke’s student conduct process and that an investigation is continuing to find out if others were involved, Schoenfeld said.

Schoenfeld said the school believes federal education laws protecting information about students and their grades prevent the school from describing his or her gender, race or whether the student had been in trouble in the past.

Thanks for clearing that up. By the way, here’s an interesting flashback.

Two students, both black males, turned themselves in to the University Friday claiming responsibility for hanging a brown doll from a noose in a tree last Wednesday.

Although the University has declined to release the names of the individuals, John Burness, senior vice president for public affairs, said the individuals said that they staged the mock-lynching to make a political statement-not to create a scene that many University administrators and employees perceived as a hate crime.

 

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One Response to “Time for a New Phony Outrage: Noose Found Hanging at Duke; Update: Student Admits Doing It”

  1. wtp on 2/02/15 at 4:08 pm

    “The biggest thing was kind of just shock and a little bit of disgust,” Duke student John Park said. “The idea that there are people on this campus that we go to school with, that we go to class with every day, that are capable of doing things like that.”

    The idea that students at one of America’s finest universities lacks the critical thinking skills to consider the possibility that the perpetrator was not a Duke student nor faculty is kind of shocking if not disgusting.

    Not to mention such an elite student not being up on current events enough to question the story nor qualify his response in the context of the numerous hoaxes involving such, that this could possibly be another hoax.

    Of course given the history of the Duke 88, the probability that it was faculty is not all that remote after all. It would be nice to think that is what he meant. Nice. Not likely at all, though.