Noose on Columbia Prof's Door Viewed as Hate Crime

Black educator teaches class on racial justice
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2007 12:57 PM CDT
The exterior of Teachers College at Columbia University is seen Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, in New York, one day after a black professor discovered a hangman's noose on her office door at the college. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Columbia University erupted today after a noose was found hanging from the door of Madonna Constantine, a black professor who often writes about racism. The New York Police Department said it is investigating the incident as a hate crime. Columbia’s president called it “an attack on all of us,” and students vowed to wear black and rally.

The colleague who found the noose yesterday told the New York Times that Constantine—who teaches at the university's Teachers College—was devastated but “getting a lot of support.” Said one student: “You would think, Columbia being such a diverse campus and New York being such a diverse city, it shouldn't happen here."