Unidentified Duke Student Apologizes For Hanging Noose, Was Not Even Related To Race

It’s been about a month since the Duke campus became a hotbed of outrage, with the Social Justice Warriors marching, demonstrating, telling us in one breath that they had no fear and in the next that the noose created a hostile atmosphere. Then, the student who left the noose was found. And the campus and story went quiet. The AP said there were lingering questions. At least one, the reason for the noose, has been solved

(WRAL) The Duke University student who placed a noose in a tree on campus outside the Bryan Center a month ago issued a written letter of apology to the campus community on Friday.

“Through my lack of cultural awareness and joking personality, I ended up unintentionally creating a huge mess for myself, my friends, my family and many members of the Duke community that I severely regret,” the student wrote.

The student said the noose was hung as a prank to entice friends to “hang out.”

It’s a pretty short article for the almost-resolution of an incident that required vast amounts of coverage for about three days starting April Fool’s Day. If you read the letter we find out

I have explained my story to Duke Administrators and law enforcement officials as well. I told them the sequence of events whereby something that I made out of a piece of yellow cord I found, for what I considered at the time to be innocent fun, was instead taken for something so terrible. My purpose in hanging the noose was merely to take some pictures with my friends together with the noose, and then texting it to some others inviting them to come and “hang out” with us — because it was such a nice day outside. If there was ever a pun with unintended consequences — this was certainly one. In addition, when I left I carelessly forgot the noose hanging on the tree for the rest of the afternoon and the evening rather than discarding it, as I should have. As a result, people saw it and because of the historical meaning of a noose in the South, a fact that because of my background and heritage I was completely unaware of, conclusions were made that whomever had made the noose did it for racist reasons. This led – completely justifiably — to the student demonstrations, and the school’s expression of disgust of my actions. The Duke Community should take pride in the spirit that unfolded and was demonstrated by the student body during those peaceful demonstrations.

So, a college kid doing something really stupid and insensitive by accident and without thought. Imagine that! The person, whoever they are, apologizes profusely and is reading

a book written by Sherrilyn Ifill, titled “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century.” It is a book, which looks at the relationship between decades-old lynchings and today’s racial violence. I am reading this book so that I may better understand the negative power that the noose, a symbol of lynching, has come to represent in America. I have learned a hard and valuable lesson on many fronts, including that what can be funny for one group of people may bring back very negative, unacceptable symbols of hatred to others.

But, not all are accepting

Reggie Benbow, a graduate business student who is African American, summed up his reaction in one word: “Flabbergasted.”

“To know what a noose is, you have to know the significance of it,” Benbow said. “To be in the South, this is still the American South with a history. You can feel it, you can see it. It’s just unbelievable that someone didn’t know what that meant.”

Zoelene Hill, a public policy doctoral student, agreed. The perpetrator, she said, just didn’t understand the outrage his action would generate.

“He thought his inside joke would remain an inside joke,” said Hill, who is African American. “That’s what his problem is. The whole statement was ridiculous.”

Of course, nooses appear in lots and lots of Western movies, movies that typically feature zero Black people. Hey, remember when Sarah Palin was hung in effigy for a Halloween display?

Be that as it may, we still have no idea who the person is, in it is strange that the school is still protecting not only the name, but the race and sex of the person. In the comments at WRAL, we see

According to those who have reviewed the surveillance tapes, she is an AA female who also tweeted to all members of the BSA after hanging the noose. Now we know why the R D B didn’t show up with his roadshow!

To which I responded

Can that be proven? With all due respect, what/who are your sources? Are the tapes available?

And have not received an answer.

What’s also interesting is how all the SJWs failed to appear in the comments of not just the two articles I used, but most others out there. They were hoping for a big racial incident, which failed to materialize.

On the bright side, the idiot student won’t be charged by Government Law Enforcement for his/her unintentional Thought Crime which Offended people and hurt their feelings.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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5 Responses to “Unidentified Duke Student Apologizes For Hanging Noose, Was Not Even Related To Race”

  1. Jeffery says:

    The author of the apology also referred to “starting a relationship with a wonderful girl”, so according to the commenters at WRAL, the perp was an African-American lesbian who wanted to take a few pics about “hanging out” with friends.

    The author claimed the uproar resulted “because of my background and heritage I was completely unaware of” the implications of leaving a noose at a college in the old Confederacy. Right. Do you really believe any African-American is unaware of the significance of a noose hanging from a tree?

    The author also claimed to have “carelessly forgot the noose hanging on the tree”. Right.

    It should be a simple matter to find the pics and tweets.

    In any event, Duke has accepted the student’s apology and all is well, and the student learned not to hang nooses from trees.

  2. John says:

    Yeah Teach no sign of any thing racist in the USA I mean we haven’t had a mass lynching in the hood old USA since 1946 when 4 blacks were murdered (no arrests)

  3. gitarcarver says:

    The author claimed the uproar resulted “because of my background and heritage I was completely unaware of” the implications of leaving a noose at a college in the old Confederacy. Right. Do you really believe any African-American is unaware of the significance of a noose hanging from a tree?

    So you are saying that a perpetrator of a lie would not lie?

    Can’t argue with that (lack of) logic.

    In any event, Duke has accepted the student’s apology and all is well, and the student learned not to hang nooses from trees.

    How do you get to the conclusion that “all is well?”

    Duke students still say there is hatred on campus because of the incident. Duke has a history of prosecuting and persecuting people who have made statements that are perceived as “racist” much less one like this incident.

    Are you now claiming that the noose wasn’t an act of racism?

    Finally, the student has left the school, which means that he or she is no longer protected by the law as to identifying race, gender, etc. In fact, the law doesn’t protect wrong doers in the first place. Are you and Duke now claiming that the hanging of a noose is not a wrong, hateful, racist act?

    You can’t make up this crap from liberals as they simply have no morals, ethics or standards to which they adhere.

    Jeffy and johnny want to protect the person because they know that there is a good chance the person was a protected minority, and they would rather blame white conservatives for the actions of liberals.

    Jeffy and johnny…..racists to the end.

  4. Jeffery says:

    Sucky McSuck,

    You must be drinking again to get your courage up. Must be ready for another whuppin’!

    Can you construct your bloviations in English? You’re not making any sense.

    What makes you think that the person is a minority? What makes you think I wish to protect them?

    Conservatives have just one moral – white supremacy.

  5. david7134 says:

    We had a noose discovered at the local hospital. Their was a big deal about it and the head of the hospital (a MD) was most put out in discovering the offending device. Then it was explained to him and the press that the noose was being used in orthopedics to support a broken limb. This has been standard practice for a few hundred years. But, the offended have to be offended.

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