Yesha Callahan

Noose Was Found Hanging From a Tree at Duke University


A noose was discovered hanging from a tree on the Bryan Center Plaza early Wednesday morning at Duke University. Photos of the noose made its way on social media and is being called a hate crime.

According to reports, police were on the scene speaking to students who said they no longer feel safe on campus. Just two weeks ago, students chanted a racist song at a black female student, which prompted the university’s president to send an email about racial equality.

The Duke People of Color Caucus released the following statement on Tumblr along with a photo of the noose:

To all black students, staff, faculty, and/or Durhamites on campus and in the area: Please take care of yourselves and each other. This campus is not a safe space, and has proven beyond any doubt that it is a hostile environment for any and all black people.

  1. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    “Please take care of yourselves and each other. This campus is not a safe space, and has proven beyond any doubt that it is a hostile environment for any and all black people.”

    I wonder if these kids are planning to come back to the University next school year or are they exercising there options and transferring to Universities where they feel safer?

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply


      I don’t know. Although Duke is in my backyard, I do know that the campus is a pretty closed campus compared to UNC-CH which is more open. Apparently, people must have forgotten that there was an incident some years back where some Duke Students were accused of rape. So, this doesn’t surprise me.

  2. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    While white supremacy exists. There is no place on earth where we will be completely safe.

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply


      Exactly what is ‘white supremacy’? Aside from being the latest buzzword, could you provide a succinct definition as I am puzzled. When most people think of that word, thoughts of Neo Nazis come to mind, so I’m very interested in 2015’s definition.

  3. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    It never ends

  4. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    No wonder their mascot is the devil

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      That is a good observation. For a number of years, I had wonder why someone would want to choose a devil as the mascot.I guess after a while, I had gotten used to it.

  5. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    I’m not shocked by this. First, we have to realize that while we don’t live in the 60’s anymore, racism and injustice still exist in our world. The only way where change can occur for real is for us to confront evil. Any legitimate social movement throughout human history has seen positive results as a product of its members fighting evil. I hope that whoever did this is discovered and held accountable. Black people are entitled to be treated with dignity and with respect.

  6. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    we don’t know how it got there outsiders could have put it there if not stupid student put it there remember Duke University is located in Durham N. C. a majority black city with a lot of social problems. I would say the black students at Duke would be safer on Duke campus than on the streets of Durham.

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  8. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    According to news reports, the student has been identified as they admitted to hanging the noose. Why haven’t they release the name and identity like they did with OKU fraternity scandal? Perhaps because there are whispers that it may have been a Black student. Oh my, what a conundrum!

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply


      @Justmythoughts: Because they have the complexion for proteectioon

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