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Alleged hate crime at LSU sparks anger; victim caused faux outrage over ‘noose’ last year

An ugly “ornament” with the racist message “Go back 2 Africa ni**er monkeys” was discovered two days ago by LSU student Clarke Perkins hanging on her apartment door.


Inside Higher Ed reports that LSU President F. King Alexander immediately denounced the incident, noting that even though Clarke’s apartment is off-campus, if the perpetrator is a student, he/she “will be prosecuted under the Student Code of Conduct, with ramifications including expulsion.”

But an alert commenter to the article points out that last year Clarke caused quite a stir over a different racist symbol.

She had reported a “noose” on campus which quickly went viral on social media. It turned out to be a lighting cable that was torn loose after a tree had fallen.

As you can see from tweet above, the college NAACP president called the whole thing a “silly overreaction.”

Clarke may simply have made a mistake; however, she said after the incident “But if black students were more accepted here, I wouldn’t have thought a noose.”

She added: “Considering what is currently happening in this country, someone hanging a noose certainly seems plausible. #IStandWithMizzou

“Black students all over are being threatened for speaking out. I’ve previously been threatened for talking about race at LSU.”

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