Slings see more in hate incidents around the country

WASHINGTON – Experts say that a rash of the noose performances around the capital city of the country shows the increasing use of hate symbols in the United States.

The two loops were found at the Smithsonian museums in the past week, outside of the Hirshhorn Museum last Friday and in the new museum of African-American history on Wednesday.

Bananas tied to loops were discovered at the American University in Washington last month, while a noose was found in the vicinity of the University of Maryland and a suburban high school in Crofton, Maryland.

Because they call lynchings, loops of rope have long been used to intimidate black people. The Equal Justice Initiative says there were 4,075 lynchings of blacks in the South to spread racial terror between 1877 and 1950.

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