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U. Michigan Launches Investigation After Noose Found on Employee’s Desk

U. Michigan Launches Investigation After Noose Found on Employee’s Desk

“This act of hate violates all of the values that we hold dear and will not be tolerated”

We’ve seen so many campus hoaxes that begin with something like this. It’s good to remain skeptical.

FOX 6 News reports:

University of Michigan investigating after noose found at employee’s desk

University of Michigan police are investigating after a noose was found on an employee’s desk at a university hospital.

The university has “taken immediate action” to investigate the incident that occurred Thursday as an act of discrimination and criminal ethnic intimidation, said Dr. Marschall S. Runge, the dean of the University of Michigan Medical School.

“This act of hate violates all of the values that we hold dear and will not be tolerated,” Runge said in a statement, calling the noose a “symbol of hate and discrimination.”

Heather Young, a university police spokeswoman, told CNN the desk is “a shared workspace, shared by multiple people,” and it’s “difficult to answer” questions about the race or ethnicity of the employees who use it.

Video surveillance recordings may be helpful in the investigation.

“We have thousands of cameras all over the University of Michigan, and we are looking at all sources of information,” Young said.


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Did the employee at least get to finish her Subway sandwich before reporting this?

i’ve read this story before: start with the employee, because 99/100 they are the one who did it.

the other time it turns out it wasn’t a noose at all.

The primary question to ask is: Who stands to gain the most through the national publicity created by this symbolic act?

In many of these cases, the “victims” stand to gain the most from the sympathy of the news media and the blaming of people or organizations that the “victims” dislike.

healthguyfsu | June 25, 2019 at 7:34 am

Could Jussie Smollett be reached for comment?

Lots of nooses lately.

I’ve never understood why a noose, or the topic of hanging generally, is supposed to be racist. Most criminals (or alleged criminals) hanged over the course of history were not black, even if we restrict our scope to the USA.

And hanging is the iconic form of execution; as used in common speech it stands for any form of execution. When one tells someone they will hang, one doesn’t necessarily mean it literally, one simply means they will be executed, or even (now that capital punishment is so rare) just that they will be convicted of some serious crime. Most people executed, or convicted of serious crimes, are not and have not been black.

Next, for some reason I also don’t understand, some people seem to jump, not to legal execution but to extralegal execution, better known as lynching. I don’t know why, but OK, let’s go with that. The same question still applies. Surely everyone understands that most alleged criminals who have been informally executed over the course of history, even of relatively recent history, were not black.

Also, why isn’t a pair of handcuffs equally racist? Or is it and it somehow escaped my attention?

I’m asking these things seriously, because this is something I see around me and just don’t understand.

Also, why are the police involved? What crime has been committed?