The foundation's statement described the noose as "an imitation of other cases" recently reported across the country. Two of the highest-profile examples were a noose found tied to the office door of a black professor at Columbia University and a noose found stuffed into the sea bag of a black U.S. Coast Guard cadet. Last week, officials at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport reported finding a noose at an airport construction site.
Many tie the rash of incidents involving nooses, a symbol of racial violence in the Deep South, to tension in Jena, La. Thousands of demonstrators, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, marched there last month to protest against what they called a justice system double standard.
Six black Jena High School students were arrested on attempted murder charges for allegedly beating a white student after three white peers were suspended but not prosecuted for hanging nooses from a campus tree.
Monday, protestors wearing T-shirts that read "We All Live in Jena" marched in downtown Atlanta to highlight numerous fatal shootings by the DeKalb police in 2006 that are being reviewed by a grand jury, according the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.