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.
Congratulations to #BlackatHarvard you are all an inspiration to every black child out there.
Tshidiso Ramogale I’m sick proud of u. pic.twitter.com/rMUpESZ5GZ
— Zakhele Nkosi (@Zak_Legend) May 23, 2017
— LA (@La_Las_land) May 24, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.