Community leaders outraged over nooses found in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn city councilman and NAACP leaders denounced acts of hate Sunday after two nooses were found hanging from trees in the borough.

One noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bedford branch on Franklin Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Thursday.

Workers at the library discovered the noose hanging from a tree in the courtyard about 8 a.m. Thursday, two hours before the library opened, officials said.

The other noose was hanging from a tree on Eastern Parkway, near the Brooklyn Museum. Pols and community advocates gathered Sunday outside the library branch to decry the nooses and demand that the people responsible be found.

“We believe that the rhetoric from the White House contributes directly to setting a climate that makes people think that it’s acceptable that these acts take place,” Said Robert Cornegy Council member for the 36th District of the New York City Council

Hate crimes reported in the city doubled in the first three months of 2017, to 144 from 72 in the same period last year, according to NYPD stats. The jump included increases in both anti-black and anti-Semitic incidents.

“We’re here where hundreds of our young people come every day, every week, to learn, to study. And we come to find out that someone has decided to stoke fear and try to encourage fear among young people and the people of this community,” said Joy Williams, president of the Brooklyn branch of the NAACP.

“We’re here today to say, ‘Not on our watch, not in our community,’” she said. “We will not tolerate this hatred.”

Community leaders said residents have been placed on edge by the incidents, which they called especially egregious because they happened near cultural and educational institutions.

“We’re all in this together. All of us stand together. Everybody is welcome and belongs in this community,” said Rabbi Eli Cohen, executive director of the Crown Heights Jewish Council.