Mayor Bowser speaks out against nooses found in DC

Mayor Muriel Bowser (PHOTO: LORIE SHAULL)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After multiple incidents where nooses were left as signs of racial hate at area landmarks, the mayor of D.C. is speaking out via her Medium account.

“We are an inclusive city, and we do not tolerate signs of hate, ignorance and fear,” stated Mayor Bowser in the post, which went up on her Medium account. “I have directed the Metropolitan Police Department to investigate these incidents, the Office of Human Rights to activate our hate crimes protocol and the Office of Religious Affairs to engage faith leaders to be a resource for residents.”

In the last few months, nooses have been found at the Hirschhorn, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, American University, UMd., a D.C. construction site and an Anne Arundel middle school. The suspects involved in the incident at the middle school have been charged with harassment as a hate crime. A noose was found at UMd. in March, just two months before Richard Collins III was stabbed to death on campus in what the FBI is investigating as a race-based hate crime.

“Our diversity is what makes us stronger, and we will not relent in promoting and defending DC Values,” stated the Mayor. “We do not take these incidents lightly, and we will not accept that signs of hate are signs of our time.”

She urged the public to call MPD at 202–727–9099 or text 50–411 if they have any information about these incidents.