Judging by recent history, and by recent we mean this century, this is almost guaranteed to be bogus, but surely it’ll be cast as part of the “wave of hate crimes” spurred on by Donald Trump.
The script is just too easy.
A section of the National Museum of African American History and Culture was temporarily shut down on Wednesday after a noose was found on the floor of the exhibition, the Smithsonian said.
U.S. Park Police arrived on the scene after the noose was discovered and removed it, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The exhibition was reopened within three hours.
“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans,” museum director Lonnie Bunch wrote in an email to staff. “Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.”
The incident marked the second time within the past week that a noose had been discovered on Smithsonian property. Another one was found on Friday hanging on a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden just across the National Mall from the African American History Museum.
The latest noose was found on the floor of the section of the museum dedicated to segregation.
“The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity,” Smithsonian Institution Secretary David Skorton said in email to Smithsonian employees.
“We will not be intimated. Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do.”
Should be fairly easy to figure out who did this, although surely if it’s discovered to be a hoax that probably won’t get much attention. Just like all the other bogus “hate crimes” we’ve seen the past couple of decades. Frankly, we haven’t seen a single “noose” incident that wasn’t perpetrated as a hoax in many years.
Of course recent history doesn’t dissuade the lunatics:
@POTUS has given these closet racists courage to start acting out on a larger scale. LBJs home was defaced, now this. Terrorism frm within.
— James Mamea (@snacksNsneakers) June 1, 2017
This sort of racism was always festering under the surface in America. Trump simply gave bigots permission to spew their hate in the open.
— Drew Gibson (@SuppressThis) June 1, 2017
What a repugnant act. Trump brought racists into my city, normalized it and now they defile @dadjaye beautiful work with filth. Disgusting.
— Aaron Rogers (@Vladeon) June 1, 2017