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Racist Bomb Threat Message Shuts Down California HBCU

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The medical campus of a California HBCU was temporarily shut down after officials received a bomb threat.

Charles R. Drew University in Willowbrook is planning to reopen Wednesday (January 12) after a person identifying as a white male neo-Nazi emailed a threat to detonate three bombs on campus.

“I want to show the Black population what the white man can do, we will take back our land!” the threat, obtained by The Los Angeles Times, reads.

The message alleged three titanium nitrite sulfuric bombs had been planted around the eastern and northern parts of campus and would go off at 1 p.m. Sunday (January 9).

“Out of an abundance of caution, CDU immediately closed the entire campus and notified authorities,” CDU Communications Director Jonathan Zaleski told The LA Times.

“CDU campus safety and local law enforcement completed a review of the grounds and facilities and determined that the campus is safe. The campus will reopen for limited operations,” the school said in a statement.

The message was sent “to a generic university email address” of the school’s president, David M. Carlisle, and came just days after at least seven HBCUs evacuated after receiving bomb threats.

I am appalled at the bomb threat Charles Drew University (CDU) received that was motivated by racial prejudice and hatred. CDU is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in California. https://t.co/tFadALnzWx (1/3)

— Holly J. Mitchell (@HollyJMitchell) January 12, 2022

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