Noose Hung at MCTC (Downtown Minneap)
Jena Six case sparked a disturbing trend: Nooses
The Jena Six case sparked a disturbing trend from NY to Minnesota: nooses. What does it mean?
By Audra D.S. Burch, McClatchy News Service
November 09, 2007
Across the nation, nooses -- an enduring symbol of hate born more than a century ago in the Deep South -- have been left at offices, theaters and historic ships, fire houses and police stations, on a bronzed statue of the late rapper Tupac Shakur and even at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
THE STORY FINISHES WITH:
"In the Minnesota case, an assistant editor at a college newspaper hung a noose as a motivational tool. He was fired in the incident, but was cleared of bigotry. After an inquiry, the college said it found no evidence that the act was racially motivated."
The student was suspended from his job at the school paper, but nothing further has resulted. Apparently, this "wasn't racially motivated", according to the article.
- What is the SOLE PURPOSE of a noose (literally and symbolically)?
- What would have happened if a Black student (or other student of color like a Middle Eastern student) hung up some symbol or statement against the white establishment? I would imagine reprimand, expulsion and criminal charges (remember the "Patriot Act" which can claim many acts of p.o.c. speech as hate and be called terroristic, and punished as criminal")
- Why don't the students at MCTC organize? Why don't students understand their history and the legacies of struggle before them? Why are they having so much difficulty organizing?
We NEED to get it together.
Question: How many of you heard about this on the news?
LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS.