The Colorado Springs offices of the NAACP were attacked Tuesday morning in what’s almost certainly an attempt to inflict fear and terror upon black Americans and those who support them.
According to reports, an improvised explosive device was detonated on the side of the NAACP’s building, and the FBI confirmed that it was a deliberate attack. Officials are seeking a “person of interest,” described as a balding, white male in his 40s driving an older-model pick-up truck. A container of gasoline was left near the bomb, apparently with the intent to cause an even bigger explosion, but that part of the plot failed. The result was minor damage and no casualties.
In the current context of national protests about police brutality and racial justice, the effect of such an attack can’t be understated. But only after #NAACPBombing became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter did the incident start to become a national news story late Tuesday night.