How Did A Noose Get Into The National Museum of African American History & Culture?

by TV One Staff

June 1, 2017

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With what is supposed to be a safe ground to honor and celebrate our history and culture has recently been a target for hate and disrespect.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, on the afternoon of May 31 a noose was found in the exhibition on segregation at the National Museum of African American History. Tourists visiting the museum alerted Park police, who closed the exhibit for three hours in order to investigate and remove the noose.

To make matters worse, another noose was discovered at the Hirshhorn Museum just four days prior.

Of course, this incident prompted a statement from the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, David Skorton, who remained steadfast that this incident would not hinder the mission of the museum:

“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. We will not be intimidated. Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do.”

We recently ran into Congressman John Lewis and asked his perspective on the recent chain of events involving hate crimes, including the racist vandalism experienced by LeBron James:

We still have a looooooong way to go.

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