We vehemently condemn the threats of terror against Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) that recently occurred across the United States. On the first day of Black History Month, at least 14 HBCUs reported receiving bomb threats (CNN, 2022). We are relieved that no lives were lost or physically injured, but serious and unforgivable damage was done to the feelings of safety for Black students, faculty, and staff on these and many more campuses. We are grateful that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has pursued these crimes aggressively as exactly what they are, hate crimes.
Black lives and bodies are to be celebrated and honored in our society, particularly given the historical and present-day discrimination, hatred, and threats to their lives and humanity. Too many Black students, faculty, and staff live in fear on campuses daily, and these racist and violent bomb threats specifically targeting HBCUs add to this terror.
ACPA sends our love, support, and solidarity to our Black and HBCU colleagues and students during this difficult time, and we amplify our respect and appreciation for you not only during Black History Month, but all year long.