Brooklyn Public Library Workers Discover Noose Hanging From Tree
The Bedford Branch on Franklin Avenue near Hancock Street was denegrated with a noose hanging from a tree in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.
Employees at the Brooklyn Public Library branch in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York were shocked-and-appalled to discover a noose hanging from a tree outside their location. The disrespectful and racist item was found around 8:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, about two hours before the library opened, according to officials.
Now, without giving too much away, yours truly is very familiar with that neighborhood. The DNA of that area is mostly people of color. Hell, there is a bit of a millionaires row, not too far from there where people of color own their own brownstones and whatnot.
Despite cops taking down the noose, that area is becoming heavily gentrified and this seems like another attempt at scaring the “natives” out of their own neighborhood.
Fashioned from a six-foot long rope and vouchered as evidence by the police, no other hate messages or symbols were found. Yet, as a library, as a place central within Central Brooklyn, that particular area is full of young people, kids, who go to that library as a place of refuge and learning. To see that type of symbolic racism take place is downright infuriating and makes things like gentrification a marker of terrorism that happens in plain sight.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident, but we ask those in the neighborhood and its surrounding parts to keep an eye out for things like this and report them as soon as you do. We must be vigilant in stopping the disrespect of our culture and of our people by those who feel that we don’t belong.
As of writing this post, no arrests have been made. The Brooklyn Public Library is “cooperating fully in the investigation.”
Source: NY Daily News