3 Dozen HBCU’s Meet To Discuss Slew Of Bomb Threats

WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2022)—More than three dozen leaders of private historically Black colleges and universities met in March for a closed-door meeting to discuss the slew of bomb threats made to their institutions this year.

But the campus leaders wanted to talk about different threats — the ones their institutions were not reporting to law enforcement.

— One institution said it received phone calls threatening the campus if it chooses to be a polling place during November’s midterm elections and if its students show up in droves to vote, said Lodriguez Murray, United Negro College Fund senior vice president of public policy and government affairs, who spoke to POLITICO about the meeting. Another leader said the mural in front of their campus is routinely defaced. One institution said they’ve routinely received threats with racial slurs, “saying that their educational mission is offensive to the person calling.”

— “There are all kinds of other threats going on that are not the bomb threats but are no less serious,” Murray said . “Other threats are underreported because of the attention that the bomb threats are receiving.”

— Fear of copycats has led institutions to keep quiet about other threats, said Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough, especially since federal law enforcement has yet to charge anyone for the dozens of high-profile bomb threats.

— “Sometimes people don’t want to report because they are afraid that if they talk about it openly that makes them a target,” said Kimbrough, who was at the meeting and chairs the UNCF member presidents. “They were just saying, ‘We haven’t done any media because we didn’t want to be sort of on the radar.’ But the list of HBCUs is public, so you can’t hide if somebody just wants an HBCU.”

— Some institutions have also expressed that these threats are an ongoing, everyday situation they live with. “They just deal with them and move on, call law enforcement sometimes and continue the business of operating their campus, which is part of the history of the schools,” Murray said.

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Source: Politico wrote the original article.

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