Moments after the Charleston massacre the CBE received a death threat. The investigation into this criminal act is being conducted as a joint effort with Washington Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) and other local law enforcement resources. No injuries were reported. Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., CBE president made the following statement:
“Moments after the cowardly act that took place in Charleston, S.C., our organization received a hate laced telephone message at our Washington Headquarters. The call was the trifecta of hatred, racism and homophobia.
The three-minute phone message was tirade filled with homophobic, anti-Semitic and downright racist references- including the suspect’s urgency to institute the mass killing of Blacks, Jews and LGBTQ citizens.
We at the CBE are extremely thankful that no one was injured and or is currently in danger following the callous effort to distract from the hard work our center does to improve the lives of LGBTQ people of color, globally. We will continue to work with local police department to bring this individual to justice.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives, the immediate Charleston community, and to the many communities across our great nation who have courageously challenged these acts of violence, discrimination and injustice, which have no place in our democracy.”