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Fayetteville State Faculty Condemn Bomb Threats at HBCUs Across the U.S.

For the second day in a row and third time in less than a month, multiple HBCUs received bomb threats, forcing these universities to place students, faculty, and staff on lockdown. On Monday, six universities received bomb threats and on Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month, nine colleges and universities faced additional threats. We, the Fayetteville State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), condemn this racist violence and its attempt to disrupt our educational mission and traumatize members of our community.

Traditionally, HBCUs have been learning environments where students could feel secure in their pursuit of advanced degrees. They prepare millions of teachers, lawyers, doctors, and citizens. These bomb threats are acts of terror and serve to disrupt the educational activity and social life of these institutions. They are a reminder that hate-based, racist violence remains a real concern, one that endangers our communities. It also evokes the long history of racist violence against black people and other supporters of Civil Rights. It is likely no accident that these threats are escalating on the first day of Black History Month and on the anniversary of the Woolworth’s lunch counter protest, in which four brave North Carolina A&T students sat at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, and politely requested service.

The Fayetteville State chapter of the AAUP stands in solidarity with faculty, staff, students and alumni at HBCUs across the country–including those that have faced direct threats such as Howard University, Spellman College, Southern University and A&M, Bethune-Cookman University, Albany State University, Bowie State University, Delaware State University, Morgan State University, Kentucky State University, University of the District of Columbia, Xavier University of Louisiana, Edward Waters University, Fort Valley State University, The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Philander Smith College, and Prairie View A&M University–as well as other colleges and universities across the country that are linked to these schools through our shared history and legacy and through friendships built through alumni networks, research projects, and other connections.

These threats must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This is an act of terror and must be treated as such.

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