Tupac Amaru Shakur Center For Arts Vandalism Update, More Incidents of Race

posted October 27, 2007 04:11:58 PM CDT | 41 comments

Earlier this week, we reported on the hanging of a noose around the neck of a statue of Tupac Shakur at the Tupac Amaru Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Today, new developments in the case dispute the theory that a noose was found at the scene.

Dekalb County Police investigating the incident are now disputing the initial claim and according to spokesman Marcus Hodge, a piece of orange nylon and a wooden cross were found around the neck of the deceased rapper.

Police reports confirm that the hanging of the nylon string was part of a series of acts of vandalism committed at the property. Last weekend, underwear was found on the head of the statue and a series of stickers were placed on the statuewhich sits in the Peace Garden of the complexand on walls near the surrounding area.

Despite skepticism from police, the center stands by its initial press release, calling the acts a hate crime.

"Hate comes in all colors and genders therefore we will use this act of hate and ignorance to bring our community together and to pray for the healing of those who harbor such feelings," Afeni Shakur said previously in a press statement.

In another, unrelated incident, police also responded to a call of a "suspicious person" on the premises early Monday morning. Hodge told the press that an unidentified 37-year-old man wanted to "talk to Tupac."

Stay tuned to HipHopDX for more on this developing story.

In a similar story, an African American high school principal in Brooklyn received a noose and a letter loaded with racially charged comments over the weekend according to a New York Times report.

The package and letter were opened early Monday morning and were addressed to Tyona Williams who is serving her first year as principal of Carnasie High School. The letter contained the signature of another administrator at the schoolwho is whitebut police believe the signature is fake.

Williams was not directly threatened with violence in the correspondence, but phrases like "white power forever," "I'll give you enough rope to hang yourself," and another racial slur were included in the two page letter. The writeror writersalso implied that a black person should not be running a school.

As of press time, police have no leads or suspects in the investigation, but are receiving full cooperation from the New York City Department of Education.

"We're cooperating with the police investigation," said Dina Paul Parks, a New York City Department of Education spokeswoman told Newsday.com. "Obviously it's a terribly horrific thing to have happen to anyone and we will make sure that the school and principal receive all the support that they need."

This incident comes on the heels of the New York State Senate's unanimous passage of legislation that calls for harsher penalties for those who display nooses on private property.

Carnasie High School is a public school.

The latest noose incident is one of nearly a dozen incidents across the country since the case of the Jena 6 gained national attention.

Historically, the noose has been used by hunter's to catch animals, or by suicide victims who hung themselves. However, the noose is best known for its use in lynchings of African Americans during the time period of 1880-1960s.

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