Naval Academy starts research after a & # 39; noose & # 39; was found in a construction zone
- Rope tied in a loop was found last week at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis
- Hung in a construction area and may have been used to lift canals
- But students feared that it was meant to send a despicable and racist message
- Academy starts research at the insistence of local black community leaders
The American Marine Academy started an investigation after a rope in the form of a possible sling was found in a construction area.
Officials at the Academy in Annapolis, Maryland said Friday they started an investigation after contacting the Caucus of African-American leaders.
The loop of rope was found on August 28 in a construction area in Rickover Hall that is not accessible to faculty and staff, said Naval Academy Chief Inspector Sean Buck in a statement.
Buck said that although it is possible that the rope was part of a hoisting system to complete pipework, the academy will investigate it because it takes & # 39; very serious allegations of racial hatred & # 39 ;.
These images have fueled the investigation. They were taken on August 28 in the Naval Academy Rickover Hall, in an area under construction and forbidden area for students and staff
The Caucus of African-American leaders, an interest group in Annapolis, raised the issue after he was approached anonymously by someone with photos of the alleged noose.
& # 39; We are pleased that a preliminary investigation has been opened by USNA officials and that Commander Wallace will lead the investigation, & # 39; said Carl O. Snowden, convener of the Caucus of African-American leaders. WJZ TV.
& # 39; Nooses like swastika & # 39; s conjure up images of a dark past. We appreciate that the US Naval Academy Chief Inspector, Vice Admiral Sean Buck, has instructed his staff to investigate this matter, & Snowden said.
Snowden said his group was particularly alarmed because August 28 marks the 56th anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King Jr. speech & # 39; I Have A Dream in June in Washington.
The terrain of the Naval Academy of the United States can be seen in a file photo. Officials investigate it after photos showed rope-shaped rope on campus
Academy officials said that ropes and pulleys were used to install pipework in the area where the suspicious rope was found.
However, they said they would fully investigate the facts, including why the incident was not uncovered before.
In 2017, the Air Force Academy in Colorado was rocked by a racism scandal in which the words & # 39; Go Home & # 39; followed by a racist lie were found on the doors of five black students.
That case was determined after one of the black students targeted by racist graffiti admitted he had written it himself.
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