They find a rope tied as a gallows at the construction site of the Barack Obama Presidential Center

A noose tied in a gallows knot is recognized as a symbol of racial hatred in the US.

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Thursday was discovered a rope tied in a gallows knot at the construction site Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicagoa symbol of racial hate widely recognized in the United States, specifically against African-Americans, prompting the group overseeing the project to suspend work on the site, according to CNN.

The Lakeside Alliance, a joint venture of several construction companies working at the center, released a statement saying they reported the incident to police and “will provide any assistance necessary to identify those responsible.”

The intent behind using a noose with a gallows knot is very clear in the United States. It is a symbol of racial hatred and is associated with the racial lynchings that have occurred in the country.

Most of the racial lynchings What happened in the United States took place in the South of the country, where many whites felt threatened by the new freedoms of blacks and tried to intimidate and control them. Black men were hung with ropes from treesbeaten to death or lynched for any number of alleged misdemeanors.

In recent years, ropes have been found hanging outside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, on college campuses, on a fence at an elementary school in Oakland, California, and at the United States Capitol during the January 6 assault.

A gallows noose was placed before the Capitol during the assault on January 6, 2021.
A gallows noose was placed outside the Capitol during the assault on January 6, 2021. /Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Construction halted while investigation continues

Work remained on hold Friday, according to a spokesperson for the joint venture, although CNN observed crews moving heavy machinery on the site.

The group offers a $100,000 reward for information leading to those responsibleaccording to an earlier statement released Thursday, which added that they have “zero tolerance for any form of prejudice or hate in our workplace.”

The Governor of Illinois condemned the act of hate

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said in a tweet that he condemns the “act of hate,” adding that the state will help provide resources to catch the perpetrators.

“Hate has no place in Illinois. The noose is more than a symbol of racism, it is a heartbreaking reminder of the violence and terror inflicted on black Americans for centuries,” Pritzker also said.

The Obama Foundation notified the police

The Obama Foundation released a statement saying it has notified authorities. “This shameless act of cowardice and hate is designed to draw attention and divide us. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our workforce.”

The Chicago Police Department told CNN they are “aware of this matter and it is under investigation.”

The Obama Presidential Center was first announced in 2015, when the Obama Foundation officially said Chicago’s South Side would host the project. The former president also considered his birthplace, Honolulu, Hawaii, for the library, but Chicago, the longtime favorite for the library, won.

Barack Obama selected Chicago because, as he put it in the 2015 video announcing his selection, it is the place where “every facet of my life came together.” He noted that his political career began in the city and that is where he and Michelle Obama met.

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