NAACP Bombing Heightens Racial Tensions
A bomb exploded outside of the NAACP offices in Colorado on Tuesday morning, but didn’t make headlines until late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. Though there were no injuries, many were disappointed at the lack of coverage over the attacks, which many are saying were an act of domestic terrorism.
“It is certainly a possibility of being a hate crime or domestic terrorism, however we are exploring all possibilities of potential motive,” said Amy Sanders, FBI spokeswoman in an interview with The Colorado Springs Gazette. FBI agents currently are seeking a “middle-aged, balding white man” in connection with the bombings, who was seen leaving the area in a pickup truck.
As the NAACP has been heavily involved with the recent situations regarding the killings of unarmed black men around the country, many believe it was an attempt to set back the work of the organization.
For many, the delay in reporting on the incident in the media serves as a further reminder that popular culture doesn’t think that black lives matter, and that the bombing wasn’t taken as seriously as it should have been. It has also raised concerns about violence used against the peaceful protesters and those speaking out against racial injustice across the country. Since then, many wonder whether or not they’ll be safe as they begin to face backlash from counter-protestors.