A noose was found Wednesday in a public gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture museum, the second such incident on Smithsonian grounds in less than a week, officials said.
David J. Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said in an email announcement that he had to share “deeply disturbing news” that the rope was found in an public exhibition space Wednesday afternoon. It was in the Segregation Gallery on the second floor of the history galleries.
“The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity,” Skorton wrote.
Skorton added that the incident is being investigated by U.S. Park Police. Spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose said that police are investigating but she provided no further details.
Police officials said a noose was found hanging from a tree Saturday on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum.
Two in a week.
And of course the argument is "Why do they need a museum? Why can't they just be happy with American history? They're Americans, right? Isn't this, you know, racist?"
Unspoken message is "You go after our Confederate monuments, we go after your African-American museums."
So two nooses appear.
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