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A noose was discovered hanging from a tree on the Bryan Center Plaza early Wednesday morning at Duke University. Photos of the noose made its way on social media and is being called a hate crime.

According to reports, police were on the scene speaking to students who said they no longer feel safe on campus. Just two weeks ago, students chanted a racist song at a black female student, which prompted the university’s president to send an email about racial equality.

The Duke People of Color Caucus released the following statement on Tumblr along with a photo of the noose:

To all black students, staff, faculty, and/or Durhamites on campus and in the area: Please take care of yourselves and each other. This campus is not a safe space, and has proven beyond any doubt that it is a hostile environment for any and all black people.

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