“The NYPD is investigating the matter as a hate crime; so far, no arrests have been made and the police have no suspects.”
Here we go again. This same scenario has played out on so many campuses it seems like parody at this point.
The College Fix reports:
Noose found at Columbia-affiliated seminary conveniently keeps race/hate narrative alive
A little over a week ago, a noose was discovered on the roof of a residence hall by a staff member of the Columbia University-affiliated Union Theological Seminary.
According to the Columbia Spectator, the noose was hanging from metal pipes in an elevator room. It’s unknown how long it had been there.
The NYPD is investigating the matter as a hate crime; so far, no arrests have been made and the police have no suspects.
Spectator reporter Zachary Schermele says the UTS noose is but “the latest in a string of racist incidents […] that have challenged the University’s capacity to keep its students and faculty safe.”
If you’ve followed The College Fix for even a little while, you can probably guess what happened next as these types of situations follow a pattern.
First, UTS President Serene Jones put out a statement condemning the noose: The community was “deeply disturbed and devastated” by the news, and the evil symbol is “directly antithetical” to the seminary’s core values.
Next, a Columbia spokesperson invoked the Derek Chauvin trial and “other national events” when pointing out the university would make “additional mental health counseling resources” available to students.
Then, using critical race theory-based “logic,” a group of black seminary students issued a letter criticizing UTS/Columbia for its response (or lack thereof) to the noose. This was followed by several demands, including:
— An apology from UTS President Jones which recognizes the “lack of pastoral and spiritual care” in her initial announcement about the noose. In addition, “substantive support and acknowledgment […] of the trauma that […] Black students, faculty and staff are sitting with and have experienced during this horrific time.”
— Nixing the involvement of the NYPD as its involvement only “reifies the American police and surveillance state in which we currently live.” In its place, a new security firm should be hired with additional (security) measures put in place.
— Exam extensions as students “have been devastated” by news of the noose and other events.
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