You are a Black student seeking an education from one of the illustrious Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation. It’s a normal day of learning and studying, until you suddenly learn that your school has been sent a bomb threat.
Anxiety and terror have now replaced your excitement to learn.
This has been an unfortunate reality for students at the nearly 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country since this January.
The first bomb threats rolled in on January 5, where eight HBCUs were targeted in this first wave. The second occurred on February 1. This series of threats made the racial motivation a bit more obvious.
HBCUs serve as a sanctuary for Black individuals to build community, network and learn. They were created as a response to the denial of higher education for Black people.
There are 107 HBCUs in the nation, twelve of those being housed in North Carolina — making it the state with the second highest number of HBCUs.
The FBI has identified these threats as hate crimes, and launched a search to determine the source of the threats.They have identified suspects, but no arrests have been made yet.
What do these threats mean? It’s 2022, why are Black institutions still being targeted?
Peter Hans, the UNC System president, released a delayed, understated response to these threats on Feb. 25.