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Man Charged After Threats to Bomb Harvard’s First Black Commencement Ceremony

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In 2017, Harvard University held its first Black commencement. Arizona man Nicholas Zuckerman, 24, reportedly threatened to bomb the graduation and shoot students in an attempt to “end their pro-black agenda.”

“If the blacks only ceremony happens, then I encourage violence and death at it. I’m thinking two automatics with extendo clips. Just so no n*gger gets away,” Zuckerman wrote in the comment section of a Harvard Instagram post, according to USA Today.

Zuckerman now faces federal charges over the threats, indicted on two counts of transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a threat to injure the person of another, according to a statement from the Massachusetts U.S. attorney’s office.

“The charge of transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a threat to injure the person of another of provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors,” the statement says.

Fortunately, Harvard’s Black commencement went off without a hitch, with grads, friends and family sharing footage of the joyous occasion.

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