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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Noose: An American Nightmare

Hat Tip: Jennifer Dargan, CNN

The Noose: An American Nightmare

On the heels of recent noose hangings in Louisiana, Philadelphia, N.J., the Coast Guard Academy and other places, CNN's Kyra Phillips is developing a one-hour investigaion into the nooe as a symbol of hate. See Video HERE

CNN Special, The Noose: An American Nightmare, Investigates History of Hate
CNN’s Kyra Phillips Reports on Recent Acts of Intimidation in Wake of ‘Jena 6’ for Oct. 23 Program

Since July, there have been more than a dozen reported incidents of nooses being displayed around the nation apparently intended to intimidate black people. CNN investigates whether the upsurge in these acts are associated with the events surrounding “The Jena 6” in Louisiana or part of a growing, more widespread racial intolerance. CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who recently reported the network’s in-depth investigation, Judgment in Jena, will anchor a special one-hour report, CNN: Special Investigations Unit – The Noose: An American Nightmare, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. (ET). It will re-air on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8pm ET/PT.

Nooses have been found in small towns like Winchester, Ky. and Elgin, Ill., as well as in cities like Philadelphia and New York, where a noose was hung on the door of a Columbia University professor’s office. The Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn., is also investigating two separate noose incidents.
Through interviews with historian James Allan and Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Phillips will trace America’s history of lynchings – an atrocity that gives the noose its horrifying meaning. Phillips also examines law enforcement efforts led by the bias crimes coordinator with Nassau County (N.Y.) Police, which tracks downs those who commit hate crimes. She also talks to educators in Philadelphia about what young people are being taught about the nation’s history of racial hatred.

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