Black History Month is in full effect, yet the hate is still very real!
CNN reports that at least 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities received bomb threats on Tuesday (February 1), which seems particularly alarming being that yesterday kicked off the very first day of Black History celebrations across the nation.
“We’ve had these challenges before,” said Howard University President Wayne Frederick in response to the threats received by the institution. “But since I’ve been here (as a student) in 1988, it has not been this widespread and also, I think, this overt.”
US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona also responded to the threats and doubles down on the fact that these actions will not be tolerated.
“My team will continue to work with students, faculty, and alumni to make sure HBCUs continue to be a safe place for students to learn,” Cardona wrote via Twitter.
Since yesterday’s threats, NBC News reports that six “tech savy” juvelines have been identified as persons. of interest by the FBI. They also note that the actions appear to be racially motivated.
In addition to threats made toward Howard University, located in the nation’s capital, other schools in the areas that were targeted include Coppin State University and Morgan StateUniversity both located in the neighboring state of Maryland.
Other schools that reported similar threats are made up Fort ValleyState University in Fort Valley, Georgia, Kentucky State University in Frankfort Kentucky, XavierUniversity of Louisiana in New Orleans, Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Spelman College in Atlanta, Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, and Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi.
Howard, Kentucky State, Jackson State, the University of the District of Columbia, Tougaloo College, and Coppin State all issued an “all-clear” soon after a further investigation concluded that the reported threats were not supported by evidence.
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