Five People Of Color Have Died In Series Of Recent Hangings Across The U.S.
Five people of color have died in the past few weeks in a string of hangings across the U.S., according to Atlanta News Now. These hangings come as racial tensions have boiled over nationwide after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man killed by a police officer.
- In five separate incidents across three states, four men and a teenage boy have all died by hanging. Given the nature of racial tensions at the moment, many have worried these incidents are cases of lynching, but authorities have ruled every case a suicide.
- The most recent case involves the death of a black 17-year-old hanged outside of an elementary school in Houston. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement:
“Deputies were called to the parking area of a school in the 6600 block of Rosebrook, where a teenage black male was found deceased. Based on security video, witnesses and other evidence, preliminary indications are the male hanged himself.”
- Though the hangings have been ruled suicides, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said that she “believes there could be more to the story after an eerie pattern of recent suicides where black men were found hanging from trees.” She went on to add:
“People are on edge. They are nervous. This is a troubling, a challenging time for us. It is shocking in our community, and no death in that form should go uninvestigated, so it will be my effort since it occurred in the 18th Congressional District so I will make sure it is investigated thoroughly.”
- Ropes tied into nooses, which have been used as a symbol of lynchings since the Jim Crow Era, have been placed in different places all over the country in the past couple of weeks, adding to the fears regarding the hangings.