Oakland Mayor Demands Hate Crime Investigation Into ‘Nooses’ In Trees – Black Man Says It’s Just His Exercise Equipment

On Wednesday, Democrat Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said “several nooses” that were found in a park have been removed and a hate crime investigation is underway that includes the FBI.

Local Black Citizen Said the Supposed ‘Noose’ was Exercise Equipment He Put There

However, the Associated Press is reporting that African American Victor Sengbe has said that he put the ropes there months ago with the help of some friends to build a swing system for exercising.

“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said. “It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous.”

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Mayor Apparently Doesn’t Care if It Wasn’t Actually a Noose

Sengbe’s statement apparently did not faze Mayor Scaaf, who released a statement that said it did not matter if the ropes were part of exercise equipment because that does “not remove nor excuse their torturous and terrorizing effects.”

“Symbols of racial violence have no place in Oakland and will not be tolerated,” the mayor’s statement read.

“Several nooses found on trees around Lake Merritt were removed and will be investigated as hate crimes,” the statement continued. “Reports that these were part of exercise equipment do not remove nor excuse their torturous and terrorizing effects.”


Schaaf: ‘We have to start with the assumption that these are hate crimes’

“We are all responsible for knowing the history and present day reality of lynchings, hate crimes and racial violence,” the statement declared. “Objects that invoke such terror will not be tolerated in Oakland’s public spaces.”

Schaaf made similar statements at a later news conference.

“The Oakland Police Department has turned over the evidence to the FBI. We have to start with the assumption that these are hate crimes,” Schaaf said. “We cannot take these actions lightly.”

“These symbols are symbols of racial violence and it’s incumbent on all of us to have that sensitivity, to have that knowledge and that is why I have directed our staff to remove any such symbol of hatred, regardless of the intention of what put it there,” she said.


“What a privilege for those of us that don’t feel complete fear and terror when we see a rope in a tree, that is a privilege that so many of our African American residents do not enjoy,” Schaaf continued.

She added, “You see an overwhelming amount of, of anguish, of rage, of fatigue, of grief, and yes, the fact that we had an extremist charged with the murder of Patrick Underwood, an extremist group, the Boogaloos, that is trying to foment a race war, we have to see this moment for what it is: a reckoning.”


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“And in Oakland, we cannot further terrorize or traumatize our black residents and yes, the incidents of the last few weeks, but frankly of the last few centuries, is the backdrop upon which we have to make these decisions today,” Schaaf said.

“Enough is enough. And again, the intentions do not matter, because the harm is real,” Schaff concluded. “They will matter with regard to whether or not this is in fact charged as a hate crime, but they do not matter about whether or not we should tolerate symbols of hate and violence and torture in our public spaces.”

“They do not have a place here in Oakland,” she finished.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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