Noose Found Hanging From Tree on Duke Campus


A noose was found hanging from a tree on the Duke campus Wednesday morning.

A picture of the noose and statement was posted to the Duke People of Color Caucus Tumblr:

“To all black students, staff, faculty, and/or Durhamites on campus and in the area: Please take care of yourselves and each other. This campus is not a safe space, and has proven beyond any doubt that it is a hostile environment for any and all black people.”

This incident follows a case of racist chanting just two weeks ago, writes the Duke Chronicle. In that case, a black student claimed that white students chanted the same lynching song as the Oklahoma University SAE chapter at her while she was walking on campus.

Photo: Duke People of Color Caucus


Full Court Press: A (Long-Winded) Defense of Jalen Rose

If last week’s rather desultory and occasionally poorly rendered post on The Fab Five was any indication, my love for Jalen Rose and the rest of the Fab Five is immense and endures even today.  I appreciate many of the things they symbolized.  Just like back in ’91, many do not hold this cohort of young black men in the same esteem that I do.   Since its airing, the reaction to the Fab Five documentary has mostly centered on Rose’s comments about his views of the Duke Blue Devils and its black players, Grant Hill in particular.  In the documentary, Rose employed the term “Uncle Tom” to describe how his 18-year-old self understood black Duke players like Hill.  Here’s the clip: 

Jalen Rose on Duke's Black Players

It seems every day there’s a topic that has my timeline jumping. Tuesday morning there were still smatterings of conversation about CryGate 2011 but the big topic of conversation was Jalen Rose and his controversial remarks regarding Duke basketball’s recruiting habits. Rose, in his soon to be released documentary, remarks that he has a personal hatred for Duke, that he hated everything he felt Duke stood for. He continues by saying that he felt that schools like Duke “only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”


The comment, started an intense debate about the perceived racism at the root of the fact that Duke only recruits black players from polished families. Those who have always questioned Coach K’s tactics rode the comment to the moon and back. And my fellow Duke alumni and supporters offered their retorts and expressed their dismay at the reactions of their followers.  Rose’s comment, and the conversation that followed was interesting, and in some ways sad.