January 9, 2015
People want to talk about false flags – how about this here?
Who cares enough about the NAACP to bomb them? I refuse to believe such people exist – unless they are Black.
A shadow of char is the only remnant of an improvised bomb that exploded Tuesday outside the local offices of the N.A.A.C.P. here at the feet of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, jolting the volunteers more accustomed to running membership drives and planning prayer breakfasts.
On Thursday, F.B.I. investigators continued trying to unravel the identity and motivation of whoever had set off the makeshift bomb Tuesday morning, a crime that authorities are investigating as a possible bias attack or case of domestic terrorism. The N.A.A.C.P.’s all-volunteer staff here decided to reopen the office, still baffled by an assault that they said seemed to come out of nowhere.
“It really saddens me,” said Henry D. Allen Jr., the president of the group’s Colorado Springs chapter. “I do look at the ’50s and ’60s when there were bombings, there were lynchings,” he said. And now, he added, “when those who say that civil rights is no longer an issue, we’re going back to that destructive mentality. I tell them, the fight is still on.”
The group has long been active in local civil-rights issues related to policing and education, and it held candlelit vigils for Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, both of them African-American teenagers who were shot dead by white men. But for the most part, members said, their perch here in a one-story red building sharing space with a hair salon seemed a world away from the protests over racially charged police killings that have shaken American cities in recent months.
“It’s just astounding to see that somebody would go through all that trouble to hurt somebody who gives turkeys at Thanksgiving,” said Carol Chippey-Rhanes, a volunteer.
The building is tucked into a residential neighborhood on the south side of town, two blocks away from a school that offered its space as a meeting place after the explosion. The chapter has been in the same building for about 30 years, its presence announced by a simple light-blue sign above the front door.
“We’ve been here forever,” Mr. Allen said.