Campus police at U. of Maryland launch investigation after this ‘symbol of hate’ found on campus

Campus police at U. of Maryland launch investigation after this ‘symbol of hate’ found on campus

When you were a kid, did you lie on your back and look up at the clouds and try to see object shapes in them? One cloud might have resembled an elephant. Another might have looked like an airplane.

In a way, this is what liberals in the twenty-first century have begun doing as a matter of course every time they find some outwardly innocent object that they can exploit to promote one of their causes.

Take the object discovered Tuesday near Fraternity Row at the University of Maryland. The item found lying on the ground by two passers-by generated enough angst to warrant a campus-wide email announcing that “out of an abundance of caution, we are looking into this matter and conducting a review of our cameras in the area.”

So what was the object? A swastika? A verbal slur against women or the LGBTQ community? Nope. Here is what they found:


In case you can’t make it out, it’s a piece of discarded plastic. Some observers claim they see a noose. Others see an elephant or an airplane.

After an initial probe, the campus police filed a report at the university’s website reading:

Earlier today, we were notified of a knotted piece of plastic wrap laying on the ground in the 7500 block of Baltimore Ave. An officer met with two individuals who were walking south when they noticed the item. Police were notified out of concern for possible hate-bias.

Preliminary investigation reveals that this type of material is used to contain and protect loose items during transport.

The last sentence sounds almost like a dig at those who believe this merits an investigation.

Jaime Hurtado, whose Twitter bio identifies hims as the “DM” (district manager?) of a group representing the interests of marginalized students at the school, tweeted out this message:

Among the responses on Twitter:

The bottom line is that there is more than enough genuine hatred going around in the nation right now. No one needs to go out searching for new examples. Or to repeat the oft-cited wisdom of Groucho Marx (or is Sigmund Freud?), sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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