You may have already heard about this week’s bomb attack on the Colorado Springs office of the NAACP – there’s been a bit of local and national coverage, though it’s paled in comparison to coverage of the attacks on France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine. Here are a few places I’ve found that have covered America’s latest terrorist attack (feel free to add to this in the comments if you know of anything I’ve missed).
Shaun King is always worth reading:
Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the fear it struck in the local community and in citizens concerned for issues of racial justice everywhere were felt immediately. In 1951, NAACP leaders Harry and Harriet Moore were killed when their Florida home was bombed by domestic terrorists on Christmas Day. No suspects were ever convicted, charged, or even arrested for their murders.
Just 12 hours before the bomb was detonated in Colorado Springs, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund publicly announced it was asking Missouri Circuit Court Judge Maura McShane to consider appointing a special prosecutor in the case against former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. While we have no way of knowing if the bomb was a direct result of the announcement, the timing makes it a real possibility.
In a time when racial tensions in our country appear to be growing, the troubling nature of this act of domestic terrorism should be blatantly obvious, but the lack of mainstream media coverage of the bombing for most of Tuesday morning, afternoon, and night was downright disturbing. CNN released its first piece about the bombing a full 16 hours after it happened, and the incident wasn’t mentioned on national nightly news broadcasts.
By Tuesday night, the hashtag #NAACPBombing was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter and people were shocked and frustrated that they were just learning of such a disturbing incident and had to learn about it from Twitter so long after it happened.
The Washington Post has more about the (still at-large) suspect in the bombing:
Sanders said investigators were looking for a balding white man in his 40s who may be driving a dirty pickup truck. It could have an open tailgate or a missing or covered license plate.
Investigators Tuesday were examining a red gasoline canister with a yellow nozzle that had been placed next to the explosive device but did not ignite. They also checked pieces of duct tape and metal lying 40 to 50 feet away from the explosion site.
And here’s Newsweek with the most recent updates:
FBI officials speaking to the Los Angeles Times said the explosion that shook the neighborhood “was caused deliberately.”
The FBI, as well as its Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the incident. “The investigation is ongoing and it is not known at this time if the NAACP or a business in the vicinity was the intended target,” said spokeswoman Sanders in a statement.
NAACP chapter president Henry Allen Jr. was “hesitant” on Tuesday to call the bomb a hate crime until more information is revealed, but he said in an interview with local newspaper The Gazette that the chapter “will not be deterred” by threats.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.