African-American attorney Jamelia Morgan discovered a noose hanging from a tree in the front yard of her Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home on Tuesday.
Morgan is a staff attorney with the Abolitionist Law Center where she litigates prison conditions cases and cases to end solitary confinement, according to the center’s website.
She’s also connected closely with the ACLU, working on the organization’s Stop Solitary campaign and authoring a 2017 ACLU report titled "Caged In: Solitary Confinement’s Devastating Harms on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities."
Even with years of accolades and noble community contributions under her belt, Morgan found herself targeted with racism and hate.
Morgan took to Twitter to share a photo of the noose, seeking assistance from the local NAACP branch and tagging the mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, to notify him of the horrifying ordeal.
In response to a follower, Morgan said that she has filed a complaint and is taking the incident to the media to draw attention and awareness to the racially-charged harassment.
Thanks so much Stephanie. We're looking into cameras. We've also filed a complaint and we're making sure we get media attention on this too— Jamelia Morgan (@JameliaNMorgan) October 25, 2017
While further details have yet to emerge, Morgan has received an outpouring of support from her followers since sharing her experience.
I don't know what to say Jamelia, but I want you to know that I send support & love.— Deborah Golden (@DebGoldenDC) October 25, 2017
Disgusted. I'm so sorry.— Nicholas J. Futules (@PHcontroller) October 25, 2017
I don't know you & your family but I just wanted to say I'm so sorry. We stand with you and against everything that crap symbol represents.— Zarana (@zarana_) October 25, 2017
This is outrageous. As a fellow Regent Square resident, I'm so incredibly sorry. Please let me know if/how I can help!— Maura Stewart (@MauraStewart) October 25, 2017
I am so sorry some idiot did this and you had to see it. It is WRONG.— Jenny Bruso (@jenny_bruso) October 25, 2017
So sorry. This should not be happening in America today.— Marty Parrish (@Marty_Parrish) October 25, 2017
While it's comforting to see so many people denouncing this disgusting behavior and showing solidarity with Morgan, it's also incredibly troubling that someone in her community — right under her nose — would leave this threatening message on her property.
To have to go out into the public not knowing who is responsible for leaving the contraption would make it very difficult to trust anyone's intentions.
Nevertheless, she is handling the situation with poise and resilience, taking the necessary steps to expose the racism looming over her city in hopes of driving it out.
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