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'Painful Reminder' Found in DC's African- American Museum

Noose discovered in front of one of the displays

(Newser) - In what museum director Lonnie Bunch III calls "a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face," a noose was found in a gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Wednesday. Visitors to the Washington, DC, museum found the noose in front... More »

FBI, Ole Miss Hunt Culprit Behind Noose on Statue

Confederate flag, racist slurs cited in attack

(Newser) - After a noose and a Confederate flag were found early Sunday on a statue of the University of Mississippi's first black student, James Meredith, Ole Miss is now looking for two men who, according to a witness, were shouting racial slurs while vandalizing the statue. The FBI is also... More »

Manning Acknowledges He Made a Noose in Custody

Prosecutors say it shows he needed extra-tight security

(Newser) - Bradley Manning's pretrial hearing continued today, with a prosecutor showing the court a knotted noose that the Army private made after he was charged with giving classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning admitted that he contemplated suicide soon after his arrest in Iraq, but he said those feelings quickly subsided... More »

Black Teen Forced Into Noose Over White Girl: Cops

3 Chicago high school students busted for hate crime, assault

(Newser) - Three Chicago teenagers have been arrested after placing a noose around a black student's neck at knifepoint because of his relationship with a white girl, according to law enforcement authorities. “I feel they were serious, and that if I didn’t get out of the house when I... More »

Noose Discovered at 1 World Trade Center

Police launch hate crime investigation

(Newser) - Port Authority police launched a hate crime investigation after construction workers returning from their Christmas break found a noose hanging from the 64th floor of 1 World Trade Center. It's not clear whether there had been any tension among workers at the skyscraper formerly known as Freedom Tower, the... More »

Haunted House Worker Found Caught in Noose

Police probing Creepyworld accident

(Newser) - The horror wasn't all make-believe at St. Louis-area haunted house Creepyworld Thursday night. A 17-year-old worker at the attraction is in critical condition after being found hanging from a noose that was being used as a prop, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The young woman, whose job was to... More »

Black Man Finds Noose on Work Locker

It appeared after Gregory Seabrook filed complaint against FDNY

(Newser) - Gregory Seabrook filed a race discrimination complaint against the Fire Department of New York City in December—and on Thursday, he found a nearly three-foot-long noose in front of his work locker. "There's an ominous message behind it," says his lawyer, who adds that the "elaborately constructed"... More »

Another Noose Found at UC San Diego

Pall of racism hangs over campus

(Newser) - For the second time this year, an object resembling a noose was found at UC San Diego, raising concerns about racism on campus. The crudely fashioned rope loop was found near a performing arts venue, reports the Los Angeles Times . In February, a similar object was found in a campus... More »

Racial Slurs, Image of Noose Faxed to Clyburn

Democratic lawmakers attacked over health bill

(Newser) - House Majority Whip James Clyburn was sent racist messages after Sunday's health reform vote. Clyburn, a veteran of the civil rights movement, told Keith Olbermann, "If you look at some of the faxes that I got today, racial slurs, nooses on gallows, and I'm telling you, some very vicious... More »

Fired 'Noose' Prof Sues Columbia for $200M

Plagiarism allegation was 'cooked up,' lawyer says

(Newser) - The Columbia University professor fired for plagiarism shortly after a noose was found hanging on her office door is suing her former school for $200 million. Madonna Constantine’s reputation was ruined by the “baseless” allegation, her lawyer tells CNN. The black professor has previously charged that the noose... More »

Kentucky Men Busted for Hanging Obama Effigy

University of Kentucky outraged after Obama figure found hanging from tree

(Newser) - Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for hanging an effigy of Barack Obama from a tree on University of Kentucky property earlier this week, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The men, one of them a student, also face charges for breaking into a fraternity house and taking items used... More »

Palin Effigy Sparks Uproar

Complaints over Halloween display

(Newser) - An effigy of Sarah Palin hanging from a noose outside a West Hollywood house has triggered a community furor, reports the Los Angeles Times. The effigy is part of a grim Halloween display which also shows a John McCain mannequin surrounded by flames and skeletons. Complaints calling the display a... More »

Columbia Cans 'Noose' Prof Over Plagiarism

Teacher rejects allegations as conspiracy

(Newser) - A Columbia University professor who last year sparked racial controversy after finding a noose hanging from her door has been fired over allegations of plagiarism, CNN reports. Madonna Constantine, a faculty member at the university’s Teachers College, claims the decision is the result of a plot against her. More »

Columbia Prof in Noose Case Plagiarized Her Students

She calls school probe a racist conspiracy

(Newser) - The Columbia professor who made headlines when she found a noose on her office door has plagiarized from students and another professor, the school says. The university’s Teachers College found two dozen instances in which Madonna Constantine stole from other's works in articles published under her name. Constantine, who's... More »

Editor Fired for Magazine Cover

Cover photo about Golf Channel 'lynch Tiger' controversy prompts pink slip

(Newser) - Golfweek has fired its editor for approving a cover illustration of a noose, the New York Times reports. PGA commissioner Tim Finchem decried the art, a reference to a recent on-air remark by a Golf Channel anchor about Tiger Woods, as “outrageous and irresponsible.” Finchem called the cover... More »

Dems Slam Feds for Inaction on Noose Crimes

Racial cases up since 2000, but some spurn incidents as 'pranks'

(Newser) - Dems blasted the feds this week for not pursuing a nationwide spate of noose crimes. More than a half dozen nooses left in Maryland, Memphis, New York, and Pittsburgh have prompted no arrests, the Washington Post reports. But acting Attorney General Peter Keisler claims that the FBI and Department of... More »

Nooses Hanging in Northeast

Jena copycat crimes continue as noose is found at Ground Zero post office this week

(Newser) - A noose found outside a New York post office this week is the latest in a spate of apparent Northeast hate crimes, CBS reports. The Jim Crow-era symbols have turned up recently at a Connecticut Coast Guard Academy, a Long Island police station, and at Columbia University—possibly inspired by... More »

Columbia Will Give NY Cops Noose Tape

School flip-flops on surveillance in hate-crime case

(Newser) - After holding out for more than a day, Columbia University will give New York police surveillance video that could yield clues on who left a noose on a professor's door, the New York Daily News reports. The school had told police—investigating what they're calling a hate crime against Professor... More »

Noose on Columbia Prof's Door Viewed as Hate Crime

Black educator teaches class on racial justice

(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... More »

Anti-Jena 6 Website Calls for 'Justice'

Feds investigating hate site listing numbers, addresses of students

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating a white supremacist site that listed the addresses and phone numbers of five of the so-called Jena Six, and “essentially called for their lynching,” the agency said yesterday. “These people need more than an investigation. They need protection,” Jesse Jackson told the... More »

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