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McCollum Statement on Hate Incidents at the Smithsonian

June 2, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Smithsonian Institution, released the following statement after two nooses were recently found on Smithsonian grounds, including one in the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

“I strongly condemn these incidents, which evoke the history of racially-motivated lynching in our nation that is very painful to millions of Americans. Intolerance is never acceptable anywhere, but targeting a museum that honors the struggles and achievements of African Americans with this type of racial hatred is particularly deplorable.

“I commend the robust and speedy response of Smithsonian Institution officials to these incidents. If the Smithsonian needs additional resources for increased security to prevent future incidents, I will work with them to ensure those resources are included in the upcoming fiscal year 2018 Interior-Environment appropriations bill.”