The Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the city chapter, made his remarks after discovering that the person who hung four nooses in a classroom at Central Michigan University faces more serious charges under state law, The Detroit News reported. The student, whose name has not been released could be charged with a state felony, with a potential sentence of two years, or a federal misdemeanor.
"The noose represents 100 years of lynching," Anthony said. "Unfortunately, there is a feeling of tolerance for prejudice and for harassment and for discrimination. It should at the very minimum be a felony."
There have been more than 60 cases of hanging nooses in recent months following the publicity about Jena, La., where a noose was hung on a tree outside the high school. The white students who put up the noose were not charged with a criminal offense while black students involved in a later assault on a white student were originally charged as adults with attempted murder.