Admin l Saturday, 10 September 2022
WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI says it is addressing that ongoing threats targeting black schools, churches and communities in the United States.
In a statement, the FBI said its Counterterrorism Division and partners in the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice on Friday hosted a nationwide phone call with the victims, advocacy groups, and community leaders impacted by the ongoing threats targeting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Historically Black Churches, and Historically Black Institutions.
The FBI said federal law enforcement officials discussed the progress made in this investigation during briefing but that the outcome cannot be shared publicly due to sensitive aspects of the investigation.
“The FBI and DOJ officials reiterated that these investigations continue to be of the highest priority and are being worked by over 30 FBI field offices”, the FBI said.
The statement made it very clear that the FBI is aware of racially motivated threats to more than 50 HBCUs and Historically Black Institutions across the country since the beginning of the year.
“As the new school year gets underway, threats to these institutions continue, and the FBI remains committed to investigating and analyzing each one to identify the perpetrator and determine the threat’s credibility”.
The FBI noted that hate-fueled and racist threats of violence cause the victims real distress, adding that these threats disrupt the learning environment and the education of college students, as well as fellow citizens.
“The FBI will not tolerate anyone trying to instill fear in any community, especially one that has experienced violence and threats of violence historically. The FBI will continue to vigorously pursue anyone responsible for these ongoing threats with help from our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels’, the agency said.
It added that due to the ongoing investigation, it is unable to provide more details at this time, but we will continue to share with schools, partners, and the public as information becomes available.