The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today condemns the five nooses found hanging from trees at Lake Merritt in Oakland.
In the wake of the recently suspected lynchings of Malcolm Harsch and Robert Fuller in Southern California, as well as nooses being found hung in other parts of the country, CAIR-SFBA is concerned that the nooses found in Oakland were intended as hateful threats of violence.
Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, whose district the lake is part of said “Oakland will stand defiantly against any resurgence of white supremacy in any form.” The terrorizing symbols will be investigated as hate crimes.
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA said in a statement:
“At a time when police and white supremacist violence targeting the Black community is increasing, placing nooses in public places is an intentional act of intimidation. It is potentially a hate crime in its truest form, a criminal act motivated by bias and intended to terrorize an entire community. We urge Oakland city officials to prioritize this investigation. Their handling of this matter can either build or break trust with the community and we caution them to take this responsibility diligently.”