American flag hanging from crane in honor of Memorial Day mistaken for noose

A construction company that was on campus to build a parking structure decided to hoist an American flag at the end of one of their steel cable loops in honor of Memorial Day, but complaints that the cable looked like a noose led to school administrators apologizing and calling for its removal.

University President Zulma Toro sent an email to the university community that included the following: “Early this evening, we received a complaint about a possible noose found hanging from a construction site on the CCSU campus. Campus Police investigated and found that it was not a noose but a standard steel cable loop hanging from a crane.” Toro explained that while these steel cable loops are common occurrences on cranes, she said that the loop’s similarity to a noose was “reckless and tone-deaf behavior. We have been in contact with the construction company and demanded that the cable be lowered tonight. We have a team on site tonight monitoring the situation” [Just The News].

Eight nooses have been left at the construction site of an Amazon warehouse in Windsor, Connecticut just a few days before this event occurred. These recent events impacted how the university administration responded. President of the New Britain NAACP Ronald Davis said “Regardless of what someone else says about that, what I see, as a Black man? That’s a noose. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Take it down.” Similarly, CCSU’s Chief Operating Officer Sal Cintorino said, “You can certainly perceive that as looking like a noose and so even though it’s a loop hook, and it’s a steel cable, we’re gonna lower it and we’re gonna remove it.”

On the other side of this incident, students and community members are supporting the display of the flag, saying it is to honor Memorial Day and is clearly not a noose. It has also been pointed out that there were several steel cable loops hanging from the crane, but the only image that was receiving attention was the loop with an American flag at the end of it [FOX].


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