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FBI Investigating Unconfirmed Death Threat Against Howard University Students

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Malyse

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The FBI and local authorities are investigating an apparent death threat against students at Howard University, a spokesman for the school says. The unconfirmed threat appeared on Twitter early Thursday in the form of an anonymous, racist rant seeking to connect the recent upheaval at the University of Missouri with Howard, the nation’s oldest historically black college or university.

The rant appears to have originated Wednesday on an internet discussion site. In it, the author claims to have returned to Maryland from Columbia, Missouri, where earlier this week Missouri students upset with their school’s tepid reactions to a string of racially motivated incidents prompted the resignations of top university administrators.


“I left MU yesterday because I couldn’t put up with it anymore,” the post, which is riddled with profanities and racial slurs, reads. “I go home to MD and what do I see? The same old shit.”

The message then states that any black people “left at Howard University after 10 tomorrow will be the first to go. … Sure the po po will take me down, but I’ll go out a hero knowing I made the world better.” The screed also suggests people heading toward nearby Metro stations would also be targeted.
http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/...threat-against-howard-university-students.php



CNN Interview with the school president

President Frederick Updates on Campus Threat said:
The online threat towards Howard University has not been followed by any additional threats or suspicious activity. The investigation is now being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Howard University Department of Public Safety is working closely with the FBI, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Metro Transit Police Department as the investigation continues. We will provide updates, with additional information, as facts are confirmed. In the meantime, increased security will continue to be provided on campus and at area Metro locations.

We strongly denounce the sentiment expressed in the online threat because it speaks against the very freedoms that Howard University and our community stand for. I am encouraged by the response of the Howard community in its show of support and solidarity.

https://www2.howard.edu/president-frederick-updates-campus-threat

Lock if old.
 

King Tubby

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Always nice to be reminded why I stopped going on 4chan.

Never nice to be reminded why I stopped going on 4chan.
 

Malyse

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It's like we're going back in time.
This is the part where I remind people that right now is the best things have ever been for black people in history of this country. The past was a degree of magnitude worse; America just was talking about it and didn't care.
 

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Jesus. Be safe everyone. The fact that the guy specifically mentioned people regretting taking the metro might be the part that scares me the most. Makes it seem so much more like he has a real plan. Like it's not some random rant, but something he's put a lot of work and thought planning. Terrifying.
 

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This is the part where I remind people that right now is the best things have ever been for black people in history of this country. The past was a degree of magnitude worse; America just was talking about it and didn't care.

Now I am depressed
 

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This is the part where I remind people that right now is the best things have ever been for black people in history of this country. The past was a degree of magnitude worse; America just was talking about it and didn't care.
Why do you feel the need to point this out?
 

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Jesus. Be safe everyone. The fact that the guy specifically mentioned people regretting taking the metro might be the part that scares me the most. Makes it seem so much more like he has a real plan. Like it's not some random rant, but something he's put a lot of work and thought planning. Terrifying.
There's about a 99% chance it's just some loser trying to scare people like the other ones.

But people in the area stay safe for the next few hours until 4chan hands over his IP and the police take him in
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King Tubby

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There's about a 99% chance it's just some loser trying to scare people like the other ones.

But people in the area stay safe for the next few hours until 4chan hands over his IP and the police take him in

Internet is full of keyboard cowards except for the one in a thousand who ends up being Elliott Rodger.
 

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Why do you feel the need to point this out?

Well it is in reply to someone basically saying "things are getting worse".

When actually they're the closest they've ever been to getting better. Even though that seems pretty far away still.
 

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The right wing has been kicking and screaming ever since Ferguson and they'll kick and scream even louder as more gets done in this country. You hear the way pundits on Fox News talk about BLM and these recent college protests and it's no wonder that the extremists are taking that attitude even further.
 

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So the FBI actually alerted the university of the threat. I assumed that it was the other way around.

UPDATE, 5:57 PM: In an interview with CNN, Frederick said Thursday afternoon the FBI first alerted Howard administrators to the threat late Wednesday night. Frederick told Wolf Blitzer he sees a direct connection between the demonstrations at Missouri and the threats made against Howard.
 

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The right wing has been kicking and screaming ever since Ferguson and they'll kick and scream even louder as more gets done in this country. You hear the way pundits on Fox News talk about BLM and these recent college protests and it's no wonder that the extremists are taking that attitude even further.
I don't know how they get away with such dangerous rhetoric.
 
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The right wing has been kicking and screaming ever since Ferguson and they'll kick and scream even louder as more gets done in this country. You hear the way pundits on Fox News talk about BLM and these recent college protests and it's no wonder that the extremists are taking that attitude even further.

Fox and Co should be held accountable for a lot of this shit. They galvanize their base with all these doom and gloom "we're being taken over, it's not safe to be white" bullshit, throw in their racism and dog whistling then try to act shocked and shit shaming their base when they act out.
 

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Why do you feel the need to point this out?

I think he is more saying. This is the best we've had it and it's still fucked.

Well it is in reply to someone basically saying "things are getting worse".

When actually they're the closest they've ever been to getting better. Even though that seems pretty far away still.

Nailed it.

It's a really depressing thought nonetheless...

Stay safe.

Now I am depressed

Yup. It's a sobering thought and really makes you think about how bad our parents and grandparents had it. I mean, shit. The police might beat my black ass for existing, but now we'll have three camera phones uploading it in 10 minutes, a hashtag solidarity in 20, and a handful of news articles in 30.
We'll also have a gofundme for the cops, a Fox News investigation into my past, and a dozen dumbfuck junior accounts that haven't posted in years (aka people's alts) wanting to wait for all the facts and wondering why I deserve to be beat.
 

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I feel like this is the 2nd or 3rd thread about something like this that I've seen in the past two days. Wtf is going on?
 

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I feel like this is the 2nd or 3rd thread about something like this that I've seen in the past two days. Wtf is going on?

The issue's in the news, so some people are riled up + increase of use of social media, which makes it easier for these guys to say something stupid and for others to notice + authorities are taking death threats and threats of violence more seriously these days.

Apparently some of these guys think that they can post them anonymously too (hah), which might factor into it. It's easy to talk a big game when you're hiding.
 

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Fox and Co should be held accountable for a lot of this shit. They galvanize their base with all these doom and gloom "we're being taken over, it's not safe to be white" bullshit, throw in their racism and dog whistling then try to act shocked and shit shaming their base when they act out.

I don't know how they get away with such dangerous rhetoric.

They should be held accountable for this, but unfortunately they have the support or at least the sympathy of around half the country. Any sort of accountability is seen as a personal attack against their values, especially since any action would come from the left and they would have right wing politicians fighting tooth and nail to protect them.
 
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The forum post was from 11/11 seemingly indicating that evening as the targeted timeframe. Is there any word if something happened?

Edit - my mistake, it was "10 tomorrow" meaning Thursday.
 
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