On Monday, bananas hanging on strings tied as nooses were found on American University‘s campus in Washington, D.C.
NBC Washington reports that the bananas had the letters “AKA” written on them which has led investigators and students to believe the threatening gesture was aimed at the Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.
The hanging fruits were spotted on three different trees on campus and were soon posted on social media. They were also found on the same day that Student Government Association president Taylor Dumpson, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, started her new position. She is the first black woman in the role, so there’s your motive.
AU President Neil Kerwin released a statement in regards to the incident:
I regret this happened, apologize to everyone offended, and state emphatically that this incident does not reflect what American University truly is. While this incident targeted AU’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and occurred after the first black woman and AKA member was sworn in as the Student Government president—our entire university community has been adversely affected by this cowardly, despicable act.
This comes less than a year after another African-American woman said that she had a banana thrown at her, as well as another rotten banana left at her dorm room door which also had obscene language written on it.
The hanging bananas are being treated as a hate crime.
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